We found 39 providers matching minimally invasive surgery and who accept Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze near Spring, TX.

Dr. Clifford Mark Kitten, MD
Specializes in Cardiac Surgery, General Surgery, Vascular Surgery, Thoracic Surgery
830 Fm 1960 West; Suite 3
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Clifford Kitten is a cardiac surgery, general surgery, and vascular surgery specialist. He has received a 4.5 out of 5 star rating by his patients. These areas are among Dr. Kitten's clinical interests: video-assisted thoracoscopic surgery (VATS), aortic aneurysm, and heart valve disease. His professional affiliations include Cypress Fairbanks Medical Center Hospital, Tomball Regional Medical Center, and Houston Methodist. He takes several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold. Dr. Kitten's practice is open to new patients. He graduated from Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center, Paul L. Foster School of Medicine and then he performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with Baylor College of Medicine and a hospital affiliated with the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio. Dr. Kitten speaks Spanish.

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Relevant Interests: , video-assisted thoracoscopic surgery (VATS)

All Interests: Valvuloplasty, Lung Tumor Resection, Heart Problems, Aneurysm, Surgical Procedures, Thoracic ... (Read more)

Dr. Dexter Godfrey Turnquest, MD
Specializes in General Surgery, Bariatric Surgery
17070 Red Oak; Suite 507
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Dexter Turnquest's specialties are general surgery and bariatric surgery. Areas of expertise for Dr. Turnquest include ulcers, thyroid surgery, and pancreatitis. Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, United Healthcare HSA, and CorVel are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Turnquest accepts. Before performing his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Texas, Dr. Turnquest attended the University of South Florida (USF) College of Medicine for medical school. He has received the distinction of Texas Super Doctors. Dr. Turnquest speaks Spanish. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Houston Methodist, Memorial Hermann The Woodlands Hospital, and Houston Northwest Medical Center.

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Relevant Interests: , minimally invasive surgery, laparoscopic surgery, robotic surgery

All Interests: Pancreatitis, Ulcers, Endoscopy, Anti-Reflux Surgery, Thyroid Surgery, Diverticular Disease, ... (Read more)

2013 Procedure Details

  • Medicare Volume: 73
  • Uninsured Cost: $2,900 - $6,500
  • Medicare Cost: $579 - $1,733
Dr. Mark Menefee Mettauer, MD
Specializes in Cardiac Surgery, General Surgery, Thoracic Surgery
830 Fm 1960 West; Suite 3
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Mark Mettauer is a cardiac surgery, general surgery, and thoracic surgery specialist in The Woodlands, TX, Cypress, TX, and Houston, TX. He graduated from Texas A & M Health Science Center College of Medicine and then he performed his residency at Scott and White Healthcare and Texas Heart Institute. Dr. Mettauer's areas of expertise include the following: video-assisted thoracoscopic surgery (VATS), arrhythmias (irregular heartbeats), and aortic aneurysm. The average patient rating for Dr. Mettauer is 5.0 stars out of 5. He honors Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, in addition to other insurance carriers. In addition to English, Dr. Mettauer speaks Spanish. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Cypress Fairbanks Medical Center Hospital, Houston Methodist, and Tomball Regional Medical Center. Dr. Mettauer welcomes new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , video-assisted thoracoscopic surgery (VATS)

All Interests: Valvuloplasty, Lung Tumor Resection, Heart Problems, Aneurysm, Surgical Procedures, Thoracic ... (Read more)

Dr. Daniel Garber Stroud, MD
Specializes in Cardiac Surgery, Vascular Surgery, Thoracic Surgery, Critical Care
830 Fm 1960 W.; Suite 3
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Daniel Stroud works as a cardiac surgeon, vascular surgeon, and thoracic surgeon. Areas of expertise for Dr. Stroud include video-assisted thoracoscopic surgery (VATS), minor surgery, and mitral valve disease. He is professionally affiliated with Cypress Fairbanks Medical Center Hospital, Houston Methodist, and Tomball Regional Medical Center. He is in-network for Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, in addition to other insurance carriers. He has an open panel. Dr. Stroud attended Tulane University School of Medicine and subsequently trained at Fitzsimons Army Medical Center and Ochsner Medical Center for residency.

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Relevant Interests: , video-assisted thoracoscopic surgery (VATS)

All Interests: Atrial Fibrillation, Lung Biopsy, Lung Tumor Resection, Heart Problems, Minor Surgery, Aneurysm, ... (Read more)

Dr. Devinder Singh Bhatia, MD
Specializes in Cardiac Surgery, General Surgery, Vascular Surgery, Thoracic Surgery
800 Peakwood Drive; Suite 4a
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Devinder Bhatia's areas of specialization are cardiac surgery, general surgery, and vascular surgery. Patients gave him an average rating of 5.0 stars out of 5. His areas of expertise include maze procedure, video-assisted thoracoscopic surgery (VATS), and minor surgery. Dr. Bhatia's professional affiliations include Cypress Fairbanks Medical Center Hospital, Houston Methodist, and Tomball Regional Medical Center. He honors Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, Secure Horizons, and more. Dr. Bhatia is open to new patients. He attended the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences College of Medicine and then went on to complete his residency at Carolinas Medical Center, a hospital affiliated with the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences, and a hospital affiliated with Baylor College of Medicine. Dr. Bhatia is conversant in Spanish.

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Relevant Interests: , video-assisted thoracoscopic surgery (VATS)

All Interests: Heart Bypass Surgery, Peritoneal Catheter Placement, Lung Biopsy, Maze Procedure, Lung Tumor ... (Read more)

2013 Procedure Details

  • Medicare Volume: 44
  • Uninsured Cost: $14,000
  • Medicare Cost: $823
Dr. Damian Victorio Chaupin, MD
Specializes in General Surgery, Vascular Surgery, Thoracic Surgery
800 Peakwood Drive; Suite 5g
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Damian Chaupin practices general surgery, vascular surgery, and thoracic surgery in Houston, TX. Dr. Chaupin has received a 3.5 out of 5 star rating by his patients. These areas are among his clinical interests: prostate problems, warts, and cancer surgery. He is professionally affiliated with Houston Methodist and Houston Northwest Medical Center. He accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and more. Dr. Chaupin's practice is open to new patients. He attended medical school at National University of San Marcos. Dr. Chaupin trained at Sisters of Charity Hospital for residency. He speaks Spanish.

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Relevant Interests: , laparoscopic small bowel resection, laparoscopic gallbladder removal, laparoscopic surgery, laparoscopic appendectomy

All Interests: Prostate Problems, Warts, Adolescent Issues, Breast Biopsy, Bursitis, Circumcision, Sclerotherapy, ... (Read more)

Dr. Philip Lloyd Leggett, MD
Specializes in General Surgery, Vascular Surgery, Bariatric Surgery, Other
800 Peakwood Drive; Suite 8b
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Philip Leggett is a Houston, TX physician who specializes in general surgery, vascular surgery, and bariatric surgery. Dr. Leggett's education and training includes medical school at the University of Texas Medical Branch School of Medicine and residency at Ochsner Medical Center. Clinical interests for Dr. Leggett include heartburn, laparoscopic surgery, and acid reflux (GERD). His patients gave him an average rating of 3.5 out of 5 stars. Dr. Leggett takes Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and more. He speaks Spanish. He is affiliated with Houston Northwest Medical Center.

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Relevant Interests: , laparoscopic surgery

All Interests: Heartburn, Radiofrequency Ablation, Laparoscopic Surgery, Weight Management, Acid Reflux, Weight ... (Read more)

2013 Procedure Details

  • Medicare Volume: 25
  • Uninsured Cost: $2,525 - $3,760
  • Medicare Cost: $399 - $567
Dr. Kourosh Korsh Jafarnia, MD
Specializes in Hand Surgery, Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery
17270 Red Oak Drive; Suite 200
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Korsh Jafarnia practices hand surgery and orthopedics/orthopedic surgery. He obtained his medical school training at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, School of Medicine and performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with Baylor College of Medicine. Dr. Jafarnia has received a 5.0 out of 5 star rating by his patients. He accepts Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, in addition to other insurance carriers. His distinctions include: Texas Super Doctors; Baylor College of Medicine; and A Castle Connolly Top Doctor. He is conversant in Spanish. Dr. Jafarnia is affiliated with Children's Memorial Hermann Hospital and Memorial Hermann Memorial City Medical Center. Dr. Jafarnia has an open panel.

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Clinical Interests: Wrist Problems, Elbow Problems, Hand Problems, Injuries, Hand Surgery Procedures

2013 Procedure Details

  • Medicare Volume: 41
  • Uninsured Cost: $2,599
  • Medicare Cost: $398
Dr. Khawaja Azimuddin, MD
Specializes in General Surgery, Colon & Rectal Surgery
1125 Cypress Station Drive; Ste G3-4
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Khawaja Azimuddin is a general surgery and colon & rectal surgery specialist in Houston, TX and The Woodlands, TX. For his professional training, Dr. Azimuddin completed residency programs at Our Lady of Mercy Medical Center and LeHigh Valley Hospital Network. Areas of expertise for Dr. Azimuddin include cancer, polypectomy (polyp removal), and laparoscopic colectomy. Dr. Azimuddin's average rating from his patients is 4.5 stars out of 5. He takes Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Amerigroup Star, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Azimuddin (or staff) is conversant in Urdu, Spanish, and Hindi. Dr. Azimuddin's hospital/clinic affiliations include Cypress Fairbanks Medical Center Hospital, Houston Methodist, and Houston Northwest Medical Center. Dr. Azimuddin is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , minimally invasive surgery, laparoscopic colectomy, laparoscopic small bowel resection, robotic surgery, da Vinci surgery

All Interests: Laparoscopic Colectomy, Gastrointestinal Problems, Laparoscopic Small Bowel Resection, Hemorrhoids, ... (Read more)

2013 Procedure Details

  • Medicare Volume: 27
  • Uninsured Cost: $3,311 - $6,646
  • Medicare Cost: $640 - $1,540
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Specializes in Adult Cardiology, Interventional Cardiology
1140 A Cypress Station Drive; Suite 300
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Christopher Nguyen's specialties are adult cardiology and interventional cardiology. He practices in The Woodlands, TX and Houston, TX. He attended medical school at Tulane University School of Medicine. He trained at a hospital affiliated with Baylor College of Medicine for residency. Dr. Nguyen takes several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Amerigroup Star. He is affiliated with Memorial Hermann The Woodlands Hospital and Houston Northwest Medical Center. New patients are welcome to contact Dr. Nguyen's office for an appointment.

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2013 Procedure Details

  • Medicare Volume: 11
  • Uninsured Cost: $2,750
  • Medicare Cost: $521
Dr. Mark Joseph Pidala, MD
Specializes in General Surgery, Colon & Rectal Surgery
800 Peakwood, 2c; Peakwood Professional Building
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Mark Pidala is a general surgery and colon & rectal surgery specialist. Clinical interests for Dr. Pidala include warts, colon cancer, and crohn's disease. He is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and United Healthcare Choice. He graduated from the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine and Northeast Ohio Medical University and then he performed his residency at Summa Akron City Hospital. He has received professional recognition including the following: Texas Super Doctors. Dr. Pidala speaks Spanish. He is professionally affiliated with Memorial Hermann Southeast Hospital, Memorial Hermann Sugar Land Hospital, and Houston Methodist. Dr. Pidala has an open panel.

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Relevant Interests: , laparoscopic surgery, robotic surgery, da Vinci surgery

All Interests: Warts, Incontinence, Flexible Sigmoidoscopy, Colon Cancer, Crohn's Disease, Hemorrhoids, Colon ... (Read more)

Dr. Thomas Richard Newton Jr., MD
Specializes in General Surgery, Colon & Rectal Surgery
800 Peakwood Drive; Suite 2c
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Thomas Newton specializes in general surgery and colon & rectal surgery and practices in The Woodlands, TX, Houston, TX, and Spring, TX. He is conversant in Spanish. These areas are among Dr. Newton's clinical interests: bleeding, sexually transmitted diseases (STds), and colectomy (colon resection). His hospital/clinic affiliations include Memorial Hermann Southeast Hospital, Memorial Hermann Sugar Land Hospital, and Memorial Hermann The Woodlands Hospital. His education and training includes medical school at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, School of Medicine and residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston and a hospital affiliated with Indiana University. Dr. Newton's patients gave him an average rating of 4.5 out of 5 stars. He is an in-network provider for Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and United Healthcare Choice, as well as other insurance carriers.

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Relevant Interests: , laparoscopic surgery

All Interests: Rectal Problems, Colitis, Bleeding, Colectomy, Colon Cancer, Surgical Procedures, Hemorrhoids, ... (Read more)

Dr. Erwin Charles Iii Winkel III, MD
Specializes in Urology, Other
1140 Cypress Station Drive; #303
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Erwin Winkel's specialty is urology (urinary tract disease). Dr. Winkel's clinical interests include bladder cancer, warts, and ablation. His professional affiliations include Houston Methodist and Houston Northwest Medical Center. Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Winkel honors. His practice is open to new patients. He is a graduate of Baylor College of Medicine. Dr. Winkel's residency was performed at a hospital affiliated with Baylor College of Medicine. Dr. Winkel is conversant in Spanish.

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Relevant Interests: , laparoscopic gallbladder removal, robotic surgery

All Interests: Prostate Problems, Warts, Adolescent Issues, Incontinence, Circumcision, Erectile Dysfunction, ... (Read more)

Dr. Matthew Trong Mathew Nguyen, MD
Specializes in General Surgery, Other
17070 Red Oak Drive; Suite 509
Houston, TX
 

Dr. K. Nguyen's area of specialization is general surgery. These areas are among his clinical interests: pancreas problems, breast surgery, and breast cancer. Blue Cross/Blue Shield, HealthSmart, and Viant are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Nguyen honors. He is a graduate of the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, School of Medicine. Dr. Nguyen trained at a hospital affiliated with Louisiana State University for residency. Dr. Nguyen (or staff) speaks the following languages: Spanish and Vietnamese. His professional affiliations include Houston Methodist and Houston Northwest Medical Center. He welcomes new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , laparoscopic surgery

All Interests: Breast Surgery, Appendectomy, Colon Problems, Laparoscopic Surgery, Pancreas Problems, Breast Cancer

Dr. Stewart Michael Dean, MD
Specializes in Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery
17270 Red Oak Drive; Suite 200
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Stewart Dean specializes in orthopedics/orthopedic surgery and practices in Houston, TX. Dr. Dean obtained his medical school training at the University of Texas Medical School at Houston and performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston and a hospital affiliated with the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio. He has a special interest in knee problems, shoulder surgery, and knee surgery. He is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold. Dr. Dean has received the following distinction: Texas Super Doctors. He is affiliated with Memorial Hermann Memorial City Medical Center and Houston Northwest Medical Center.

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Clinical Interests: Hip Problems, Shoulder Surgery, Knee Problems, Knee Surgery

2013 Procedure Details

  • Medicare Volume: 53
  • Uninsured Cost: $1,000 - $3,297
  • Medicare Cost: $176 - $1,084
Dr. Kamran Khalid Khan Sherwani, MD
Specializes in Adult Cardiology, Nuclear Cardiology
837 Fm 1960 West; Suite 102
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Kamran Sherwani specializes in adult cardiology and nuclear cardiology and practices in Houston, TX and Cypress, TX. After completing medical school at East Tennessee State University, Quillen College of Medicine and Rawalpindi Medical College, he performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with East Tennessee State University (ETSU). His clinical interests include arrhythmias (irregular heartbeats), mitral valve prolapse, and high cholesterol (hyperlipidemia). Dr. Sherwani accepts several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold. Dr. Sherwani (or staff) speaks the following languages: Urdu and Spanish. Dr. Sherwani is affiliated with Cypress Fairbanks Medical Center Hospital, Houston Methodist, and Houston Northwest Medical Center. His practice is open to new patients.

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Clinical Interests: Hypertension, Heart Problems, Angiogram, Arrhythmias, Atherosclerosis, High Cholesterol, Stroke, ... (Read more)

2013 Procedure Details

  • Medicare Volume: 11
  • Uninsured Cost: $3,500
  • Medicare Cost: $524

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What is Minimally Invasive Surgery?

Minimally invasive surgery is surgery performed using tiny tools and several small incisions instead of one large one. First performed in the 1980s, minimally invasive surgery has now become commonly used for all kinds of procedures because it offers so many benefits over traditional surgery.

Since minimally invasive surgery minimizes the amount of injury that a patient experiences by avoiding a large incision, it typically results in fewer issues after surgery. There tend to be fewer stitches needed, less scarring, less pain, a faster recovery time, and a lower risk of infection. Some minimally invasive procedures even require less anesthesia than usual.

There are three main types of minimally invasive surgery:
  • Laparoscopic surgery, where several small incisions are made. A tiny camera is inserted into one, and the surgeon looks at the procedure on a video screen while moving tools through the other openings.
  • Endoscopic surgery, which is performed using an endoscope. An endoscope is a thin, hollow tube that contains a camera. It can be inserted either through a small incision or an existing opening such as the nose. Tiny tools can be passed through the tube to the area that needs to be worked on.
  • Robotic surgery, which uses tools that are even smaller and more precise than laparoscopic tools. The tools and camera are inserted through a small opening, and then the surgeon controls the robot from a computer in another room.

Minimally invasive surgery is not the right choice in every situation. However in many cases, it makes surgery less difficult to handle.