We found 19 providers matching minimally invasive surgery and who accept Blue Cross Blue Shield Catastrophic near The Woodlands, TX.

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Dr. Mark Menefee Mettauer, MD
Specializes in Cardiac Surgery, General Surgery, Thoracic Surgery
17350 St. Luke's Way; Suite 470
The Woodlands, TX
 

Dr. Mark Mettauer sees patients in The Woodlands, TX, Cypress, TX, and Houston, TX. His medical specialties are cardiac surgery, general surgery, and thoracic surgery. Dr. Mettauer has received a 5.0 out of 5 star rating by his patients. Clinical interests for Dr. Mettauer include video-assisted thoracoscopic surgery (VATS), arrhythmias (irregular heartbeats), and aortic aneurysm. He accepts several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold. He attended Texas A & M Health Science Center College of Medicine and then went on to complete his residency at Scott and White Healthcare and Texas Heart Institute. In addition to English, Dr. Mettauer speaks Spanish. His professional affiliations include Cypress Fairbanks Medical Center Hospital, Houston Methodist, and Tomball Regional Medical Center. He is open to 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. 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 surgery, general surgery, and vascular surgery specialist in Shenandoah, TX, The Woodlands, TX, and Spring, TX. He is rated 4.5 stars out of 5 by his patients. Dr. Kitten's areas of expertise include the following: video-assisted thoracoscopic surgery (VATS), aortic aneurysm, and heart valve disease. He honors Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and more. He attended medical school at Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center, Paul L. Foster School of Medicine. Dr. Kitten completed his residency training at a hospital affiliated with Baylor College of Medicine. In addition to English, he speaks Spanish. His hospital/clinic affiliations include 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. Daniel Garber Stroud, MD
Specializes in Cardiac Surgery, Vascular Surgery, Thoracic Surgery, Critical Care
118 Shenandoah Drive; Suite A
Spring, TX
 

Dr. Daniel Stroud specializes in cardiac surgery, vascular surgery, and thoracic surgery. His clinical interests include video-assisted thoracoscopic surgery (VATS), minor surgery, and mitral valve disease. He takes Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and more. Dr. Stroud graduated from Tulane University School of Medicine. For his residency, Dr. Stroud trained at Fitzsimons Army Medical Center and Ochsner Medical Center. Dr. Stroud is professionally affiliated with Cypress Fairbanks Medical Center Hospital, Houston Methodist, and Tomball Regional Medical Center. He has an open panel.

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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. Jon-Cecil Martin Walkes, MD
Specializes in Vascular Surgery, Cardiothoracic Surgery
9201 Pinecroft Drive; Suite 210
Shenandoah, TX
 

Dr. Jon-Cecil Walkes is a Shenandoah, TX physician who specializes in vascular surgery and cardiothoracic surgery. After completing medical school at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), David Geffen School of Medicine, he performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with Baylor College of Medicine. Dr. Walkes honors Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and more. He is affiliated with Memorial Hermann The Woodlands Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , minimally invasive valve surgery

All Interests: Vascular Surgery Procedures, Minimally Invasive Valve Surgery, Aortic Valve Surgery, Mitral Valve ... (Read more)

Specializes in Cardiothoracic Surgery
26400 Kuykendahl Road; Building A, Suite 250
The Woodlands, TX
 

Dr. H. Hansen sees patients in The Woodlands, TX and College Station, TX. His medical specialty is cardiothoracic surgery. Dr. Hansen takes Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, in addition to other insurance carriers. He studied medicine at Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center, Paul L. Foster School of Medicine. He has received professional recognition including the following: Texas Super Doctors.

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2013 Procedure Details

Source: Medicare Provider Utilization and Payment Data

  • Volume: 13
  • Charge (avg.): $1,447
  • 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 works as a general surgeon and colon and rectal surgeon. Patient reviews placed him at an average of 4.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Azimuddin's areas of expertise include the following: cancer, polypectomy (polyp removal), and laparoscopic colectomy. He is in-network for Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Amerigroup Star, as well as other insurance carriers. His training includes residency programs at Our Lady of Mercy Medical Center and LeHigh Valley Hospital Network. Dr. Azimuddin (or staff) speaks the following foreign languages: Urdu, Spanish, and Hindi. Dr. Azimuddin is professionally affiliated with Cypress Fairbanks Medical Center Hospital, Houston Methodist, and Houston Northwest Medical Center. New patients are welcome to contact Dr. Azimuddin's office for an appointment.

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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)

Dr. Terah C Isaacson, MD
Specializes in General Surgery, Colon & Rectal Surgery
17450 St. Lukes Way; Suite 250
The Woodlands, TX
 

Dr. Terah Isaacson specializes in general surgery and colon & rectal surgery. In her practice, she is particularly interested in minimally invasive surgery. Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Amerigroup Star are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Isaacson takes. Before completing her residency at a hospital affiliated with Oregon Health & Science University, Dr. Isaacson attended medical school at the University of Kansas School of Medicine. Dr. Isaacson has received the following distinction: Texas Rising Stars. She speaks Spanish. Her hospital/clinic affiliations include Memorial Hermann Southeast Hospital, Memorial Hermann Sugar Land Hospital, and Park Plaza Hospital. Her practice is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , minimally invasive surgery

All Interests: Minimally Invasive Surgery

Dr. Kevin Michael Moran, MD
Specializes in Spine Surgery, Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery
3115 College Park Drive; Suite 112
Conroe, TX
 

Dr. Kevin Moran's specialties are spine surgery and orthopedics/orthopedic surgery. He graduated from the University of Texas Medical School at Houston and then he performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences. Clinical interests for Dr. Moran include knee problems, arthroscopic surgery, and replacement arthroplasty (joint replacement). On average, patients gave him a rating of 4.0 stars out of 5. He honors Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and more. In addition to English, he speaks Spanish. Dr. Moran 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. Eric William Price, MD
Specializes in Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery
17198 St Luke's Way; Suite 600
The Woodlands, TX
 

Dr. Eric Price works as an orthopedic surgeon in The Woodlands, TX and Houston, TX. Clinical interests for Dr. Price include knee problems, arthroscopic surgery, and cancer. He is affiliated with Houston Methodist. Dr. Price attended medical school at the University of Texas Medical Branch School of Medicine. For his professional training, Dr. Price completed a residency program at a hospital affiliated with the University of Alabama. His average patient rating is 5.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Price honors Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, as well as other insurance carriers. He has received the distinction of Texas Super Doctors. He welcomes new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , arthroscopic surgery

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

2013 Procedure Details

Source: Medicare Provider Utilization and Payment Data

  • Volume: 56
  • Charge (avg.): $534 - $3,276
  • Negotiated Rate (avg.): $168 - $1,027
Dr. James Leland Strickland, MD
Specializes in Interventional Cardiology, Cardiac Electrophysiology
9303 Pincecroft Drive; Suite 250
The Woodlands, TX
 

Dr. James Strickland works as an interventional cardiologist and cardiac electrophysiologist in The Woodlands, TX, Houston, TX, and Baytown, TX. Clinical interests for Dr. Strickland include ablation, implantable cardioverter-defibrillator (ICD), and electrophysiological (EP) study. Dr. Strickland is professionally affiliated with Houston Methodist, Tomball Regional Medical Center, and Memorial Hermann - Texas Medical Center (TMC). He accepts Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Aetna Medicare, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, in addition to other insurance carriers. His practice is open to new patients. He attended medical school at the University of Texas Medical School at Houston. For his residency, Dr. Strickland trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston. In addition to English, he speaks Spanish.

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Clinical Interests: Atrial Fibrillation, Heart Problems, Arrhythmias, Electrophysiological Study, Syncope, Implantable ... (Read more)

2013 Procedure Details

Source: Medicare Provider Utilization and Payment Data

  • Volume: 57
  • Charge (avg.): $1,125 - $2,700
  • Negotiated Rate (avg.): $425 - $863
Dr. Steven Wayne Sukin, MD
Specializes in Urology
17198 St Lukes Way; Suite 410
The Woodlands, TX
 

Dr. Steven Sukin sees patients in Tomball, TX and The Woodlands, TX. His medical specialty is urology (urinary tract disease). His areas of expertise include the following: male infertility, robotic radical prostatectomy, and erectile dysfunction (impotence). Dr. Sukin 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 graduated from Tufts University School of Medicine. He trained at a hospital affiliated with Baylor College of Medicine for residency. Dr. Sukin has received the distinction of Texas Super Doctors. He is affiliated with Tomball Regional Medical Center, Memorial Hermann The Woodlands Hospital, and Texas Oncology.

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Relevant Interests: , robotic radical prostatectomy, robotic surgery

All Interests: Prostate Problems, Incontinence, Erectile Dysfunction, Kidney Stones, Male Infertility, Vasectomy, ... (Read more)

2013 Procedure Details

Source: Medicare Provider Utilization and Payment Data

  • Volume: 19
  • Charge (avg.): $2,690
  • Negotiated Rate (avg.): $813
Dr. Christine Mihee Lee, MD
Specializes in Gynecologic Oncology
9200 Pinecroft; Suite 450
The Woodlands, TX
 

Dr. Christine Lee's specialty is gynecologic oncology. She is a graduate of the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School and Wayne State University School of Medicine. Dr. Lee's medical residency was performed at Memorial Hermann and a hospital affiliated with the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston. Her areas of expertise include da vinci surgery. Patient reviews placed Dr. Lee at an average of 3.5 stars out of 5. She accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and more. Her professional affiliations include Memorial Hermann Sugar Land Hospital, Houston Methodist, and Memorial Hermann The Woodlands Hospital. She is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , robotic surgery, da Vinci surgery

All Interests: Da Vinci Surgery, Robotic Surgery

2013 Procedure Details

Source: Medicare Provider Utilization and Payment Data

  • Volume: 23
  • Charge (avg.): $3,053
  • Negotiated Rate (avg.): $994
Dr. Tal R Raphaeli, MD
Specializes in General Surgery, Colon & Rectal Surgery
17450 St Lukes Way; Suite 250
The Woodlands, TX
 

Dr. Tal Raphaeli practices general surgery and colon & rectal surgery. Dr. Raphaeli (or staff) speaks the following languages: Hebrew and Spanish. Areas of expertise for Dr. Raphaeli include 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. He attended 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. His residency was performed at Virginia Mason Medical Center. Patient reviews placed Dr. Raphaeli at an average of 4.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Raphaeli accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Amerigroup Star, in addition to other insurance carriers. He has an open panel.

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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. Marc Robert Labbe, MD
Specializes in Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery, Sports Medicine
17198 St. Luke's Way; Suite 600
The Woodlands, TX
 

Dr. Marc Labbe specializes in orthopedics/orthopedic surgery and sports medicine and practices in The Woodlands, TX and Houston, TX. These areas are among his clinical interests: knee problems, arthroscopic surgery, and musculoskeletal pain. He is affiliated with Houston Methodist. Dr. Labbe obtained his medical school training at Baylor College of Medicine and performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with Baylor College of Medicine. He has a 5.0 out of 5 star average patient rating. Dr. Labbe is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold. He has received professional recognition including the following: Texas Super Doctors. Dr. Labbe has an open panel.

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Relevant Interests: , arthroscopic surgery

All Interests: Sports Health, Musculoskeletal Pain, Bursitis, Elbow Problems, Shoulder Problems, Knee Problems, ... (Read more)

2013 Procedure Details

Source: Medicare Provider Utilization and Payment Data

  • Volume: 38
  • Charge (avg.): $534 - $3,276
  • Negotiated Rate (avg.): $176 - $1,084
Dr. Kenneth David Palmer, MD
Specializes in Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery
17198 St. Luke's Way; Suite 600
The Woodlands, TX
 

Dr. Kenneth Palmer works as an orthopedic surgeon. His areas of clinical interest consist of spinal fusion and neck surgery. He has a 4.5 out of 5 star average patient rating. Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Palmer accepts. He obtained his medical school training at Georgetown University School of Medicine and performed his residency at St. Luke's-Roosevelt Hospital Center. He has received the following distinction: Texas Super Doctors. Dr. Palmer is affiliated with Houston Methodist. Dr. Palmer is accepting new patients.

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Clinical Interests: Spine Problems, Neck Surgery, Spine Surgery Procedures, Spinal Fusion

2013 Procedure Details

Source: Medicare Provider Utilization and Payment Data

  • Volume: 12
  • Charge (avg.): $1,792
  • Negotiated Rate (avg.): $558
Dr. Don Louis Berardinucci, MD
Specializes in Urology
17198 St. Lukes Way; Suite 410
The Woodlands, TX
 

Dr. Don Berardinucci sees patients in Houston, TX and The Woodlands, TX. His medical specialty is urology (urinary tract disease). His average rating from his patients is 4.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Berardinucci has a special interest in cystoscopy (bladder endoscopy), infertility, and laparoscopic surgery. He is professionally affiliated with 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. Berardinucci honors. He is a graduate of Queen's University School of Medicine. Dr. Berardinucci speaks Spanish.

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Relevant Interests: , laparoscopic surgery

All Interests: Prostate Problems, Cystoscopy, Infertility, Vasectomy, Laparoscopic Surgery, Lithotripsy

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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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