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Dr. Drew David Howard, MD
Specializes in General Surgery, Bariatric Surgery
9200 Pinecroft; Suite 250
The Woodlands, TX
 

Dr. Drew Howard's areas of specialization are general surgery and bariatric surgery; he sees patients in The Woodlands, TX and Shenandoah, TX. His patients gave him an average rating of 4.0 out of 5 stars. Dr. Howard is in-network for Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Aetna Medicare, in addition to other insurance carriers. After completing medical school at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, School of Medicine, he performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of South Alabama. Dr. Howard's professional affiliations include Memorial Hermann The Woodlands Hospital and Houston Northwest Medical Center.

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2013 Procedure Details

Source: Medicare Provider Utilization and Payment Data

  • Volume: 17
  • Charge (avg.): $3,814
  • Negotiated Rate (avg.): $529
Dr. Jason M Balette, MD
Specializes in General Surgery, Bariatric Surgery
9200 Pinecroft; Suite 250
The Woodlands, TX
 

Dr. Jason Balette practices general surgery and bariatric surgery. His patients gave him an average rating of 5.0 out of 5 stars. Dr. Balette is affiliated with Memorial Hermann The Woodlands Hospital and Houston Northwest Medical Center. He is an in-network provider for Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Aetna Medicare, and more. Dr. Balette studied medicine at the University of Texas Medical School at Houston. Distinctions awarded to Dr. Balette include: Texas Rising Stars and Texas Super Doctors.

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Relevant Interests: , laparoscopic gastric banding

All Interests: Laparoscopic Gastric Banding, Sleeve Gastrectomy, Gastric Bypass Surgery

2013 Procedure Details

Source: Medicare Provider Utilization and Payment Data

  • Volume: 13
  • Charge (avg.): $4,183
  • Negotiated Rate (avg.): $628
Dr. Khawaja Azimuddin, MD
Specializes in General Surgery, Colon & Rectal Surgery
17450 St Lukes Way; Suite 250
The Woodlands, 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
17350 St. Luke's Way; Suite 400
The Woodlands, 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. Mark Joseph Pidala, MD
Specializes in General Surgery, Colon & Rectal Surgery
9200 Pinecroft; Suite 320
The Woodlands, 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. Terah C Isaacson, MD
Specializes in General Surgery, Colon & Rectal Surgery
17450 St. Lukes Way; Suite 250
The Woodlands, TX
 

Dr. Terah Isaacson is a specialist in general surgery and colon & rectal surgery. In her practice, she is particularly interested in minimally invasive surgery. She accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, Amerigroup Star, and more. Dr. Isaacson is a graduate of the University of Kansas School of Medicine. For her residency, Dr. Isaacson trained at a hospital affiliated with Oregon Health & Science University. She has received professional recognition including the following: Texas Rising Stars. Dr. Isaacson is conversant in Spanish. Her professional affiliations include Memorial Hermann Southeast Hospital, Memorial Hermann Sugar Land Hospital, and Park Plaza Hospital. Dr. Isaacson has an open panel.

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Relevant Interests: , minimally invasive surgery

All Interests: Minimally Invasive Surgery

Dr. Meena Wilson Shatby, MD
Specializes in Foot & Ankle Surgery, Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery
1441 Woodstead Court; Suite 300
The Woodlands, 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. Bernardo De La Guardia, MD
Specializes in Adult Cardiology, Interventional Cardiology
17350 St Lukes Way; Suite 400
The Woodlands, 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. Thomas R Newton Jr., MD
Specializes in General Surgery, Colon & Rectal Surgery
9200 Pinecroft; Suite 320
Spring, 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)

Dr. Albert Brant Lipscomb Jr., MD
Specializes in Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery, Sports Medicine
9305 Pinecroft Drive; Suite 400
The Woodlands, TX
 

Dr. A. Lipscomb is an orthopedics/orthopedic surgery and sports medicine specialist. Dr. Lipscomb studied medicine at Vanderbilt University School of Medicine. For his residency, Dr. Lipscomb trained at Vanderbilt University Medical Center. Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Lipscomb honors. He is affiliated with Memorial Hermann The Woodlands Hospital and the University of Texas (UT) Physicians.

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Relevant Interests: , vertebroplasty, kyphoplasty (vertebral augmentation), minimally invasive knee replacement, robotic surgery, knee arthroscopy

All Interests: Total Elbow Replacement, Heel Surgery, Kyphoplasty, Hand Fracture, Bone Spurs, Spine ... (Read more)

Dr. Tal R Raphaeli, MD
Specializes in General Surgery, Colon & Rectal Surgery
17450 St Lukes Way; Suite 250
The Woodlands, TX
 

Dr. Tal Raphaeli's specialties are general surgery and colon & rectal surgery. Dr. Raphaeli (or staff) is conversant in Hebrew and Spanish. Dr. Raphaeli's areas of expertise include the following: colon cancer, crohn's disease, and laparoscopic colectomy. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Cypress Fairbanks Medical Center Hospital, Houston Methodist, and Tomball Regional Medical Center. After completing medical school at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, School of Medicine and the University of Texas Medical Branch School of Medicine, he performed his residency at Virginia Mason Medical Center. His average rating from his patients is 4.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Raphaeli honors several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Amerigroup Star. He is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , laparoscopic colectomy, laparoscopic gallbladder removal, robotic surgery, laparoscopic appendectomy

All Interests: Incontinence, Rectal Problems, Laparoscopic Colectomy, Flexible Sigmoidoscopy, Colon Cancer, ... (Read more)

Dr. Gary Merrill Coleman, MD
Specializes in Adult Cardiology
17350 St Lukes Way; Suite 400
The Woodlands, TX
 

Dr. Gary Coleman, who practices in The Woodlands, TX and Houston, TX, is a medical specialist in adult cardiology. He is rated 3.0 stars out of 5 by his patients. Areas of particular interest for Dr. Coleman include preventive cardiology and cardiac catheterization. He honors Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Amerigroup Star, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and more. His education and training includes medical school at the University of Texas Medical School at Houston and residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston. He has received professional recognition including the following: Texas Super Doctors. Dr. Coleman's hospital/clinic affiliations include Memorial Hermann The Woodlands Hospital and Houston Northwest Medical Center.

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Clinical Interests: Preventive Cardiology, Cardiac Catheterization

2013 Procedure Details

Source: Medicare Provider Utilization and Payment Data

  • Volume: 13
  • Charge (avg.): $2,750
  • Negotiated Rate (avg.): $500
Dr. Kedarnath A Vaidya, MD
Specializes in Adult Cardiology, Interventional Cardiology, Nuclear Medicine
17350 St Lukes's Way; Suite 400
The Woodlands, TX
 

Dr. Kedarnath Vaidya's areas of specialization are adult cardiology, interventional cardiology, and nuclear medicine. He is professionally affiliated with Memorial Hermann The Woodlands Hospital and Houston Northwest Medical Center. Dr. Vaidya is a graduate of Armed Forces Medical College. He trained at Montefiore Medical Center for his residency. Patients gave Dr. Vaidya an average rating of 5.0 stars out of 5. He is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Amerigroup Star, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold.

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2013 Procedure Details

Source: Medicare Provider Utilization and Payment Data

  • Volume: 13
  • Charge (avg.): $2,750
  • Negotiated Rate (avg.): $499
Dr. Clint Weston Johnson, MD
Specializes in Orthopedic Trauma
9305 Pinecroft Drive; Suite 400
The Woodlands, TX
 

Dr. Clint Johnson's medical specialty is orthopedic trauma. Dr. Johnson's hospital/clinic affiliations include Memorial Hermann The Woodlands Hospital, the University of Texas (UT) Physicians, and Houston Northwest Medical Center. He is a graduate of Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center, Paul L. Foster School of Medicine. He completed his residency training at a hospital affiliated with the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston. Dr. Johnson is in-network for Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, as well as other insurance carriers.

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Relevant Interests: , vertebroplasty, kyphoplasty (vertebral augmentation), minimally invasive knee replacement, robotic surgery, knee arthroscopy

All Interests: Total Elbow Replacement, Heel Surgery, Kyphoplasty, Hand Fracture, Bone Spurs, Spine ... (Read more)

Dr. Ronald Glover Henry, MD
Specializes in Urology
135 Vision Park Boulevard
Shenandoah, TX
 

Dr. Ronald Henry practices urology (urinary tract disease) in Shenandoah, TX, Conroe, TX, and Huntsville, TX. These areas are among his clinical interests: incontinence and prostate cancer. Patients gave him an average rating of 4.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Henry is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and United Healthcare Choice. Dr. Henry attended medical school at the University of Texas Medical School at Houston and Baylor College 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 the University of Hawaii at Manoa. He has received professional recognition including the following: Texas Super Doctors. He is professionally affiliated with Memorial Hermann The Woodlands Hospital.

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Clinical Interests: Incontinence, Prostate Cancer

2013 Procedure Details

Source: Medicare Provider Utilization and Payment Data

  • Volume: 18
  • Charge (avg.): $1,627
  • Negotiated Rate (avg.): $798

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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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