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We found 42 providers matching minimally invasive surgery and who accept Humana Silver near Temple, TX.

Dr. Robert Owens Carpenter, MPH, MD
Specializes in General Surgery, Bariatric Surgery
2401 South 31st Street; Department of Surgery
Temple, TX
 

Dr. Robert Carpenter is a medical specialist in general surgery and bariatric surgery. He is an in-network provider for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, in addition to other insurance carriers. He attended Baylor College of Medicine and then went on to complete his residency at Vanderbilt University Medical Center. Awards and/or distinctions Dr. Carpenter has received include Jay W. Hillman Award for Education as the resident deemed to be the best; teacher & role model by the third and fourth year students at VSM; and Alpha Omega Alpha Medical Honor Society as elected by VSM students. He is professionally affiliated with Scott & White Healthcare.

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Relevant Interests: , laparoscopic sleeve gastrectomy, laparoscopic gastric bypass surgery, endoscopic surgery, robotic surgery

All Interests: Endoscopic Surgery, Abdominal Problems, Gallbladder Problems, Laparoscopic Sleeve Gastrectomy, ... (Read more)

2013 Procedure Details

  • Medicare Volume: 28
  • Uninsured Cost: $2,067 - $2,141
  • Medicare Cost: $628 - $687
Dr. Joaquin Angel Rodriguez, MD
Specializes in General Surgery, Bariatric Surgery
2401 South 31th Street
Temple, TX
 

Dr. Joaquin Rodriguez's specialties are general surgery and bariatric surgery. Dr. Joaquin Rodriguez practices in Temple, TX. Dr. Rodriguez is affiliated with Scott & White Healthcare. Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Choice, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Rodriguez takes. Dr. Rodriguez is a graduate of the University of Texas Medical School at Houston and a graduate of Mayo Clinic's residency program. Dr. Rodriguez speaks Spanish.

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Relevant Interests: , laparoscopic sleeve gastrectomy, laparoscopic colectomy, laparoscopic gallbladder removal, endoscopic surgery

All Interests: Achalasia, Breast Surgery, Endoscopic Surgery, Laparoscopic Colectomy, Hernia Surgery, Hiatal ... (Read more)

Dr. Richard Earl Symmonds Jr., MD
Specializes in General Surgery, Bariatric Surgery
2401 South 31st
Temple, TX
 

Dr. Richard Symmonds is a specialist in general surgery and bariatric surgery. He works in Temple, TX. He is especially interested in abdominal surgery. He accepts Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Choice, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Symmonds graduated from Emory University School of Medicine and then he performed his residency at Mayo Clinic. He has received the distinction of Chief Resident, Mayo Clinic, Rochester, MN, 1978-1979. Dr. Symmonds is professionally affiliated with Scott & White Healthcare.

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Relevant Interests: , laparoscopic sleeve gastrectomy, laparoscopic gastric bypass surgery

All Interests: Hernia Surgery, Abdominal Problems, Gallbladder Problems, Abdominal Surgery, Laparoscopic Sleeve ... (Read more)

2013 Procedure Details

  • Medicare Volume: 40
  • Uninsured Cost: $1,981 - $5,295
  • Medicare Cost: $348 - $854
Dr. Danny Carlton Little, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Surgery, General Surgery, Critical Care
2401 S 31st
Temple, TX
 

Dr. Danny Little practices pediatric surgery, general surgery, and critical care (intensive care medicine) in Temple, TX, College Station, TX, and Round Rock, TX. He graduated from the University of Oklahoma College of Medicine. Dr. Little's residency was performed at Scott and White Healthcare. Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Little honors. Awards and/or distinctions Dr. Little has received include Best Clinical Faculty, Temple Surgery Clerkship, Texas A&M College of Medicine; Most Outstanding Surgical Teaching Faculty, University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences; and Surgical Education Research Fellowship. He is professionally affiliated with Scott & White Healthcare.

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

All Interests: Wounds, Burns, Video-Assisted Thoracoscopic Surgery, Intensive Care, Ovarian Disease

Dr. Monford Daniel Iii Custer III, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Surgery, General Surgery
2401 South 31st Street
Temple, TX
 

Dr. Monford Custer, who practices in Temple, TX and Waco, TX, is a medical specialist in pediatric surgery and general surgery. Dr. Custer attended medical school at Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) School of Medicine. He takes Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and more. He has received professional recognition including the following: Fellow, American Academy of Pediatrics and Fellow, American College of Surgeons. He is professionally affiliated with Scott & White Healthcare.

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Relevant Interests: , laparoscopic gallbladder removal, Nissen fundoplication

All Interests: Thyroid Problems, Pectus Excavatum, Appendectomy, Hemangiomas, Biliary Disorders, Laparoscopic ... (Read more)

Dr. Philip Andrew Rascoe, MD
Specializes in General Surgery, Thoracic Surgery
2401 S 31st Street; Department of Cardiothoracic Surgery
Temple, TX
 

Dr. Philip Rascoe is a physician who specializes in general surgery and thoracic surgery. His clinical interests include heart surgery. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Memorial Hermann Southeast Hospital and Children's Memorial Hermann Hospital. Dr. Rascoe honors Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, as well as other insurance carriers. He attended medical school at Louisiana State University School of Medicine in Shreveport. Dr. Rascoe's training includes a residency program at a hospital affiliated with the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston.

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Relevant Interests: , VATS lobectomy

All Interests: Esophagectomy, VATS Lobectomy, Hyperhidrosis, Heart Surgery, Esophageal Cancer, Lung Cancer, ... (Read more)

Dr. Kelly Ryman Mattix, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Surgery, General Surgery
Temple, TX
 

Dr. Kelly Mattix sees patients in Temple, TX and Killeen, TX. Her medical specialties are pediatric surgery and general surgery. Dr. Mattix takes Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and more. She obtained her medical school training at the University of Kansas School of Medicine and performed her residency at a hospital affiliated with Indiana University. She has received the following distinction: Leonard Ensminger Award-presented by the Indiana Chapter of the American College of Surgeons. She is professionally affiliated with Scott & White Healthcare.

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Relevant Interests: , minimally invasive surgery

All Interests: Abdominal Problems, Esophagus Problems, Diaphragmatic Hernia Repair, Minimally Invasive Surgery

Dr. Prashant Chandrakant Shah, MD
Specializes in Thoracic Surgery
2401 S. 31st Street
Temple, TX
 

Dr. Prashant Shah's area of specialization is thoracic surgery. He is affiliated with Temple University Hospital (TUH), Scott & White Healthcare, and Jeanes Hospital. Dr. Shah honors several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold. He attended St. George's University School of Medicine and then went on to complete his residency at Maimonides Medical Center.

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2013 Procedure Details

  • Medicare Volume: 40
  • Uninsured Cost: $736 - $3,885
  • Medicare Cost: $243 - $1,665
Dr. Lena Perger, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Surgery, General Surgery
2401 S 31st Street
Temple, TX
 

Dr. Lena Perger sees patients in Temple, TX. Her medical specialties are pediatric surgery and general surgery. After attending the University of Ljubljana Faculty of Medicine for medical school, she completed her residency training at the University of New Mexico Health Sciences Center. Dr. Perger is an in-network provider for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, in addition to other insurance carriers. She speaks German. She is professionally affiliated with Scott & White Healthcare.

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

All Interests: Laparoscopic Surgery, Video-Assisted Thoracoscopic Surgery, Diaphragmatic Hernia Repair, ... (Read more)

Dr. Wendy Lynne Czerwinski, PhD, MD
Specializes in Plastic Surgery, Hand Surgery
2401 South 31st Street; Division of Plastic Surgery
Temple, TX
 

Dr. Wendy Czerwinski specializes in plastic surgery and hand surgery. Dr. Czerwinski takes Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, in addition to other insurance carriers. After attending the University of British Columbia Faculty of Medicine for medical school, she completed her residency training at a hospital affiliated with McGill University. Awards and/or distinctions she has received include First Annual Jensen Award, Bruner Hand Fellow, Mayo Clinic; Clifford Snyder Award - PSRC, Best resident paper at annual international meeting, McGill University; and Clifford Synder Award - PSRC, Best resident paper at annual international meeting, McGill University. She speaks French. She is affiliated with Scott & White Healthcare.

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Relevant Interests: , wrist arthroscopy

All Interests: Pain, Carpal Tunnel Surgery, Dupuytren's Contracture, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Wrist Problems, ... (Read more)

Dr. Scott Scott Coffield, MD
Specializes in Urology, Surgical Oncology
1901 Veterans Memorial Drive
Temple, TX
 

Dr. King Coffield's areas of specialization are urology (urinary tract disease) and surgical oncology (cancer surgery). He is an in-network provider for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and more. His education and training includes medical school at the University of Mississippi School of Medicine and residency at Baylor University Medical Center. Dr. Coffield has received distinctions including Best Physicians of USA, Top Physicians of America; Physician Oncology Education Program, Excellence Award; and Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Society. Dr. Coffield is affiliated with Scott & White Healthcare.

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Relevant Interests: , laparoscopic radical nephrectomy, percutaneous nephrolithotomy (PCNL)

All Interests: Bladder Cancer, Cryosurgery, Percutaneous Nephrolithotomy, Laparoscopic Radical Nephrectomy, ... (Read more)

2013 Procedure Details

  • Medicare Volume: 15
  • Uninsured Cost: $5,500
  • Medicare Cost: $644
Dr. Susan Mary Pike, MD
Specializes in Plastic Surgery
2401 S 31st Street
Temple, TX
 

Dr. Susan Pike specializes in plastic surgery. Patients gave her an average rating of 4.0 stars out of 5. Her areas of expertise include the following: eyelid surgery, thigh lift, and tummy tuck (abdominoplasty). Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Pike honors. Before completing her residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Cincinnati, Dr. Pike attended medical school at Loyola University Chicago, Stritch School of Medicine. Dr. Pike has received distinctions including Super Docs, US; Texas Super Doctors; and "Super Doctor," Texas Monthly, 2012, 2014. She is professionally affiliated with Scott & White Healthcare.

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Relevant Interests: , endoscopic surgery

All Interests: Dermabrasion, Breast Augmentation, Endoscopic Surgery, Injectable Fillers, Cosmetic Surgery, Breast ... (Read more)

Dr. Belur Janakray Patel, MPH, MD
Specializes in Urology
2401 S. 31st Street
Temple, TX
 

Dr. Belur Patel's area of specialization is urology (urinary tract disease). He honors Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Patel is a graduate of the University of Maryland School of Medicine. For his professional training, Dr. Patel completed a residency program at Scott and White Healthcare. He has received the distinction of NIH Fellow. He speaks Gujarati. Dr. Patel is affiliated with Scott & White Healthcare.

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Clinical Interests: Bladder Cancer, Penile Cancer, Kidney Stones, Ureter Problems, Kidney Cancer, Pelvic Problems, ... (Read more)

2013 Procedure Details

  • Medicare Volume: 24
  • Uninsured Cost: $845 - $2,464
  • Medicare Cost: $273 - $798
Dr. Charles Nash Verheyden, PhD, MD
Specializes in Plastic Surgery
2401 S 31st Street
Temple, TX
 

Dr. Charles Verheyden practices plastic surgery. His areas of expertise include the following: eyelid surgery, thigh lift, and general reconstruction. He accepts Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and more. Dr. Verheyden's education and training includes medical school at the University of Texas Medical Branch School of Medicine and the University of Texas Medical School at Houston and residency at Mayo Clinic. Dr. Verheyden has received the following distinctions: Presidents Award, Texas Society of Plastic Surgeons; President, American Council of Academic Plastic Surgeons; and President, Plastic Surgery Foundation. He is affiliated with Scott & White Healthcare.

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Relevant Interests: , endoscopic surgery

All Interests: Dermabrasion, Breast Augmentation, Down Syndrome, Endoscopic Surgery, Injectable Fillers, Cosmetic ... (Read more)

Dr. Harry Troy Papaconstantinou, MD
Specializes in General Surgery, Surgical Oncology, Colon & Rectal Surgery
2401 S. 31st Street
Temple, TX
 

Dr. Harry Papaconstantinou's areas of specialization are general surgery, surgical oncology (cancer surgery), and colon & rectal surgery; he sees patients in Temple, TX. Before performing his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Cincinnati, Dr. Papaconstantinou attended Baylor College of Medicine for medical school. In his practice, Dr. Papaconstantinou focuses on colorectal surgery procedures and gastrointestinal cancer. He takes Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, in addition to other insurance carriers. Awards and/or distinctions he has received include Texas Super Doctors; "Super Doctor," Texas Monthly, 2011-2015; and Student Teaching Award, UT Southwestern, Department of Surgery. In addition to English, he speaks Greek. Dr. Papaconstantinou is professionally affiliated with Scott & White Healthcare.

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Relevant Interests: , laparoscopic colectomy

All Interests: Ulcerative Colitis, Laparoscopic Colectomy, Colorectal Surgery Procedures, Colon Cancer, Crohn's ... (Read more)

Dr. James Nelson Black, MD
Specializes in Adult Cardiology, Other, Cardiac Electrophysiology
2401 S 31st Street; Office
Temple, TX
 

Dr. James Black works as an adult cardiologist and cardiac electrophysiologist in Temple, TX and Killeen, TX. Dr. Black is especially interested in electrophysiological (EP) study. He is in-network for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Choice, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, in addition to other insurance carriers. He obtained his medical school training at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School and performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with Baylor College of Medicine. He is affiliated with Scott & White Healthcare.

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Clinical Interests: Electrophysiological Study

2013 Procedure Details

  • Medicare Volume: 61
  • Uninsured Cost: $1,349 - $2,674
  • Medicare Cost: $435 - $797

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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.