We found 35 providers matching minimally invasive surgery and who accept Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze near Spring, TX.

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 works as a heart surgeon, general surgeon, and vascular surgeon in Humble, TX, Houston, TX, and Sugar Land, TX. The average patient rating for Dr. Bhatia is 4.5 stars out of 5. These areas are among Dr. Bhatia's clinical interests: maze procedure, video-assisted thoracoscopic surgery (VATS), and minor surgery. He is professionally affiliated with Cypress Fairbanks Medical Center Hospital, Houston Methodist, and Tomball Regional Medical Center. Dr. Bhatia honors several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Secure Horizons. He has an open panel. After completing medical school at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences College of Medicine, he performed 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. In addition to English, he speaks 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

Source: Medicare Provider Utilization and Payment Data

  • Volume: 44
  • Charge (avg.): $14,000
  • Negotiated Rate (avg.): $823
Dr. Clifford Mark Kitten, MD
Specializes in Cardiac Surgery, General Surgery, Vascular Surgery, Thoracic Surgery
118 Shenandoah Drive; Suite A
Spring, TX
 

Dr. Clifford Kitten is a cardiac surgeon, general surgeon, and vascular surgeon. He has received a 4.5 out of 5 star rating by his patients. These areas are among his clinical interests: video-assisted thoracoscopic surgery (VATS), aortic aneurysm, and heart valve disease. Dr. Kitten is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold. Dr. Kitten obtained his medical school training at Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center, Paul L. Foster School of Medicine and performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with Baylor College of Medicine. In addition to English, he speaks Spanish. He is professionally affiliated with Cypress Fairbanks Medical Center Hospital, Tomball Regional Medical Center, and Houston Methodist. New patients are welcome to contact Dr. Kitten's office for an appointment.

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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 Drive; Suite 101
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Dexter Turnquest's medical specialty is general surgery and bariatric surgery. His areas of expertise include ulcers, thyroid surgery, and pancreatitis. Dr. Turnquest accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, United Healthcare HSA, CorVel, and more. He is a graduate of the University of South Florida (USF) College of Medicine. His medical residency was performed at a hospital affiliated with the University of Texas. He has received the following distinction: Texas Super Doctors. Dr. Turnquest is conversant in 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)

Dr. Daniel Garber Stroud, MD
Specializes in Cardiac Surgery, Vascular Surgery, Thoracic Surgery, Critical Care
118 Shenandoah Drive; Suite A
Spring, TX
 

Dr. Daniel Stroud is a cardiac surgeon, vascular surgeon, and chest surgeon. He graduated from Tulane University School of Medicine. His medical residency was performed at Fitzsimons Army Medical Center and Ochsner Medical Center. Dr. Stroud's areas of expertise include the following: video-assisted thoracoscopic surgery (VATS), minor surgery, and mitral valve disease. He is an in-network provider for Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and more. Dr. Stroud is affiliated with Cypress Fairbanks Medical Center Hospital, Houston Methodist, and Tomball Regional Medical Center. New patients are welcome to contact his office for an appointment.

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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)

Specializes in General Surgery, Vascular Surgery, Thoracic Surgery
800 Peakwood Drive; Suite 5g
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Damian Chaupin works as a general surgeon, vascular surgeon, and chest surgeon. These areas are among his clinical interests: prostate problems, warts, and cancer surgery. Dr. Chaupin is rated 3.5 stars out of 5 by his patients. He takes several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold. After completing medical school at National University of San Marcos, he performed his residency at Sisters of Charity Hospital. Dr. Chaupin is conversant in Spanish. He is affiliated with Houston Methodist and Houston Northwest Medical Center. Dr. Chaupin welcomes new patients.

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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 L Leggett, MD
Specializes in General Surgery, Vascular Surgery, Bariatric Surgery, Other
800 Peakwood Drive; Suite 8b
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Philip Leggett's areas of specialization are general surgery, vascular surgery, and bariatric surgery; he sees patients in Houston, TX. His average rating from his patients is 3.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Leggett's areas of expertise include the following: heartburn, laparoscopic surgery, and acid reflux (GERD). He honors several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold. He graduated from the University of Texas Medical Branch School of Medicine and then he performed his residency at Ochsner Medical Center. He is conversant in Spanish. Dr. Leggett is professionally 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)

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 physician who specializes in general surgery and colon & rectal surgery. Areas of expertise for Dr. Azimuddin include cancer, polypectomy (polyp removal), and laparoscopic colectomy. His average patient rating is 4.5 stars out of 5. Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Amerigroup Star are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Azimuddin accepts. For his residency, Dr. Azimuddin trained at Our Lady of Mercy Medical Center and LeHigh Valley Hospital Network. Dr. Azimuddin (or staff) speaks the following languages: Urdu, Spanish, and Hindi. Dr. Azimuddin's hospital/clinic affiliations include Cypress Fairbanks Medical Center Hospital, Houston Methodist, and Houston Northwest Medical Center. He welcomes new patients.

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

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

Specializes in Adult Cardiology, Interventional Cardiology
1140 A Cypress Station Drive; Suite 300
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Christopher Nguyen is a specialist in adult cardiology and interventional cardiology. His professional affiliations include Memorial Hermann The Woodlands Hospital and Houston Northwest Medical Center. Dr. Nguyen accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, Amerigroup Star, and more. He welcomes new patients. Before performing his residency at a hospital affiliated with Baylor College of Medicine, Dr. Nguyen attended Tulane University School of Medicine. In addition to English, he speaks Vietnamese.

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2013 Procedure Details

Source: Medicare Provider Utilization and Payment Data

  • Volume: 11
  • Charge (avg.): $2,750
  • Negotiated Rate (avg.): $521
Dr. Brian T Chimenti, MD
Specializes in Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery, Sports Medicine
1441 Woodstead Court; Suite 300
The Woodlands, TX
 

Dr. Brian Chimenti is a medical specialist in orthopedics/orthopedic surgery and sports medicine. His education and training includes medical school at Baylor College of Medicine and residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Colorado Denver. His areas of expertise include the following: arthroscopic surgery, replacement arthroplasty (joint replacement), and sports health. Dr. Chimenti's patients gave him an average rating of 4.5 out of 5 stars. Dr. Chimenti accepts several insurance carriers, including Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Aetna Medicare. He has received the distinction of Texas Super Doctors. In addition to English, he speaks Spanish. Dr. Chimenti is professionally affiliated with Memorial Hermann The Woodlands Hospital. He is accepting new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , arthroscopic surgery

All Interests: Sports Health, Wrist Problems, Elbow Problems, Shoulder Problems, Fractures, Knee Problems, ... (Read more)

2013 Procedure Details

Source: Medicare Provider Utilization and Payment Data

  • Volume: 68
  • Charge (avg.): $2,200 - $2,938
  • Negotiated Rate (avg.): $168 - $1,027
Dr. Michael Samir George, MD
Specializes in Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery, Sports Medicine
17270 Red Oak Drive; Suite 200
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Michael George is an orthopedist and sports medicine specialist in Houston, TX. Patient ratings for Dr. George average 4.5 stars out of 5. These areas are among his clinical interests: arthroscopic surgery, knee surgery, and frozen shoulder. Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold are among the insurance carriers that Dr. George accepts. Dr. George graduated from Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine and then he performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Cincinnati. He has received the following distinction: Texas Super Doctors. He is conversant in Spanish. He is affiliated with Houston Methodist Willowbrook Hospital and Houston Northwest Medical Center.

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Relevant Interests: , arthroscopic surgery, arthroscopic rotator cuff repair

All Interests: Frozen Shoulder, Sports Health, Knee Pain, Shoulder Problems, Shoulder Surgery, Fractures, Knee ... (Read more)

2013 Procedure Details

Source: Medicare Provider Utilization and Payment Data

  • Volume: 56
  • Charge (avg.): $1,000 - $3,041
  • Negotiated Rate (avg.): $176 - $1,084
Dr. Mark Joseph Pidala, MD
Specializes in General Surgery, Colon & Rectal Surgery
800 Peakwood, 2c; Peakwood Professional Building
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Mark Pidala specializes in general surgery and colon & rectal surgery. Clinical interests for Dr. Pidala include warts, colon cancer, and crohn's disease. He is professionally affiliated with Greater Heights Hospital, Memorial Hermann Southeast Hospital, and Memorial Hermann Sugar Land Hospital. Dr. Pidala is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and United Healthcare Choice. New patients are welcome to contact Dr. Pidala's office for an appointment. He attended medical school at the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine and Northeast Ohio Medical University. His residency was performed at Summa Akron City Hospital. He has received professional recognition including the following: Texas Super Doctors. In addition to English, he speaks Spanish.

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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. Meena Wilson Shatby, MD
Specializes in Foot & Ankle Surgery, Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery
800 Peakwood; Suite 3a
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Meena Shatby is a specialist in foot & ankle surgery and orthopedics/orthopedic surgery. He works in The Woodlands, TX and Houston, TX. He has a special interest in knee problems, foot problems, and sports health. Dr. Shatby's average patient rating is 4.0 stars out of 5. Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Amerigroup Star, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Shatby takes. Dr. Shatby is a graduate of Baylor College of Medicine. His residency was performed at a hospital affiliated with Baylor College of Medicine. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Memorial Hermann The Woodlands Hospital and Houston Northwest Medical Center.

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Relevant Interests: , arthroscopic surgery

All Interests: Sports Health, Fractures, Knee Problems, Arthroscopic Surgery, Ankle Problems, Arthritis, Foot ... (Read more)

Dr. Kevin Michael Moran, MD
Specializes in Spine Surgery, Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery
845 Fm 1960 West; Suite 104
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Kevin Moran is a spine surgery and orthopedics/orthopedic surgery specialist. Patient reviews placed him at an average of 4.0 stars out of 5. His clinical interests include knee problems, arthroscopic surgery, and replacement arthroplasty (joint replacement). Dr. Moran takes several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold. He attended the University of Texas Medical School at Houston and then went on to complete his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences. In addition to English, Dr. Moran speaks Spanish. He is professionally affiliated with Houston Northwest Medical Center.

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Relevant Interests: , arthroscopic surgery

All Interests: Joint Surgery, Shoulder Problems, Fractures, Lower Back Problems, Knee Problems, Arthroscopic ... (Read more)

Dr. Bernardo De La Guardia, MD
Specializes in Adult Cardiology, Interventional Cardiology
1140 A Cypress Station Drive; Suite 300
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Bernardo De La Guardia specializes in adult cardiology and interventional cardiology. He has a special interest in cardiac catheterization. Dr. De La Guardia is affiliated with Memorial Hermann The Woodlands Hospital and Houston Northwest Medical Center. He is an in-network provider for Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Amerigroup Star, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, in addition to other insurance carriers. After completing medical school at Monterrey Institute of Technology and Higher Education (ITESM) School of Medicine, Dr. De La Guardia performed his residency at Arizona Health Sciences Center. He speaks Spanish.

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Clinical Interests: Cardiac Catheterization

2013 Procedure Details

Source: Medicare Provider Utilization and Payment Data

  • Volume: 14
  • Charge (avg.): $2,652
  • Negotiated Rate (avg.): $501
Dr. Erwin Charles Winkel III, MD
Specializes in Urology, Other
17070 Red Oak Drive; Suite 200
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Erwin Winkel is a specialist in urology (urinary tract disease). He works in Houston, TX. Dr. Winkel's areas of expertise include bladder cancer, warts, and ablation. He is an in-network provider for Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and more. His education and training includes medical school at Baylor College of Medicine and residency at a hospital affiliated with Baylor College of Medicine. He speaks Spanish. Dr. Winkel is affiliated with Houston Methodist and Houston Northwest Medical Center. His practice is open to new patients.

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

Dr. Thomas Newton's areas of specialization are general surgery and colon & rectal surgery. He attended medical school at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, School of Medicine. He completed his residency training at a hospital affiliated with the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston and a hospital affiliated with Indiana University. Dr. Newton's clinical interests include bleeding, sexually transmitted diseases (STds), and colectomy (colon resection). His average patient rating is 5.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Newton is in-network for Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, United Healthcare Choice, and more. In addition to English, he speaks Spanish. He is professionally affiliated with Greater Heights Hospital, Memorial Hermann Southeast Hospital, and Memorial Hermann Sugar Land Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , laparoscopic surgery

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

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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.
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