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We found 18 providers matching minimally invasive surgery and who accept Viant near The Woodlands, TX.

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's specialties are cardiac surgery, general surgery, and vascular surgery. Clinical interests for Dr. Kitten include video-assisted thoracoscopic surgery (VATS), aortic aneurysm, and heart valve disease. Patients gave him an average rating of 4.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Kitten 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. Dr. Kitten 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. He is conversant in Spanish. His professional affiliations include Cypress Fairbanks Medical Center Hospital, Tomball Regional Medical Center, and Houston Methodist. Dr. Kitten has an open panel.

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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. 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 is a cardiac surgery, general surgery, and thoracic surgery specialist. He is a graduate of Texas A & M Health Science Center College of Medicine. For his professional training, Dr. Mettauer completed residency programs at Scott and White Healthcare and Texas Heart Institute. Areas of expertise for Dr. Mettauer include 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. Dr. Mettauer is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold. In addition to English, he speaks Spanish. Dr. Mettauer is professionally 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: 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 is a heart surgeon, vascular surgeon, and chest surgeon. These areas are among his clinical interests: video-assisted thoracoscopic surgery (VATS), minor surgery, and mitral valve disease. Dr. Stroud accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and more. After attending Tulane University School of Medicine, he completed his residency training at Fitzsimons Army Medical Center and Ochsner Medical Center. He is professionally affiliated with 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: Atrial Fibrillation, Lung Biopsy, Lung Tumor Resection, Heart Problems, Minor Surgery, Aneurysm, ... (Read more)

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

Dr. Khawaja Azimuddin, who practices in Houston, TX and The Woodlands, TX, is a medical specialist in general surgery and colon & rectal surgery. Patient reviews placed him at an average of 4.5 stars out of 5. These areas are among his clinical interests: cancer, polypectomy (polyp removal), and laparoscopic colectomy. Dr. Azimuddin is affiliated with Cypress Fairbanks Medical Center Hospital, Houston Methodist, and Houston Northwest Medical Center. He is an in-network provider for Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Amerigroup Star, as well as other insurance carriers. New patients are welcome to contact his office for an appointment. For his professional training, Dr. Azimuddin completed residency programs at Our Lady of Mercy Medical Center and LeHigh Valley Hospital Network. Dr. Azimuddin (or staff) speaks the following languages: Urdu, Spanish, and Hindi.

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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
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 and practices in Houston, TX and The Woodlands, TX. His areas of expertise include the following: warts, colon cancer, and crohn's disease. Dr. Pidala accepts several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and United Healthcare Choice. He studied medicine at the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine and Northeast Ohio Medical University. For his professional training, Dr. Pidala completed a residency program at Summa Akron City Hospital. He has received the following distinction: Texas Super Doctors. He is conversant in Spanish. Dr. Pidala is affiliated with Memorial Hermann Southeast Hospital, Memorial Hermann Sugar Land Hospital, and Houston Methodist. New patients are welcome to contact his office for an appointment.

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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. Christine Mihee Lee, MD
Specializes in Gynecologic Oncology
9200 Pinecroft; Suite 450
The Woodlands, TX
 

Dr. Christine Lee's area of specialization is gynecologic oncology. The average patient rating for Dr. Lee is 4.0 stars out of 5. Areas of expertise for Dr. Lee include da vinci surgery. Dr. Lee is professionally affiliated with Memorial Hermann Sugar Land Hospital, Houston Methodist, and Memorial Hermann The Woodlands Hospital. Dr. Lee 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. She has an open panel. She attended the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School and Wayne State University School of Medicine and then went on to complete her residency at Memorial Hermann and a hospital affiliated with the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston.

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Relevant Interests: , robotic surgery, da Vinci surgery

All Interests: Da Vinci Surgery, Robotic Surgery

2013 Procedure Details

  • Medicare Volume: 23
  • Uninsured Cost: $3,053
  • Medicare Cost: $994
Dr. Kozhaya Chehade Sokhon, MD
Specializes in Adult Cardiology, Interventional Cardiology, Vascular & Interventional Radiology, Cardiac Electrophysiology
43 N Pathfinders Circle
Spring, TX
 

Dr. Kozhaya Sokhon specializes in adult cardiology, interventional cardiology, and vascular & interventional radiology. Areas of expertise for Dr. Sokhon include electrophysiological (EP) study, peripheral vascular interventions, and catheter ablation. He is rated 5.0 stars out of 5 by his patients. Dr. Sokhon is an in-network provider for Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Amerigroup Star, in addition to other insurance carriers. After attending Lebanese University Faculty of Medical Sciences for medical school, he completed his residency training at Staten Island University Hospital. Dr. Sokhon (or staff) speaks Mandarin, Arabic, and Spanish. Dr. Sokhon's professional affiliations include Memorial Hermann The Woodlands Hospital and Houston Northwest Medical Center.

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Clinical Interests: Cardiac Devices, Catheter Ablation, Angiogram, Stents, Electrophysiological Study, Arterial ... (Read more)

2013 Procedure Details

  • Medicare Volume: 11
  • Uninsured Cost: $2,796
  • Medicare Cost: $868
Dr. Michael Abraham Allon, MD
Specializes in Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility, Gynecology
17198 St. Luke's Way; Suite 410
The Woodlands, TX
 

Dr. Michael Allon is a reproductive endocrinology and infertility and gynecology specialist. He has received a 3.0 out of 5 star rating by his patients. His clinical interests include pap test, male infertility, and male reproductive disorders. Dr. Allon's professional affiliations include Cypress Fairbanks Medical Center Hospital, Houston Methodist, and Memorial Hermann Memorial City Medical Center. He is an in-network provider for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, in addition to other insurance carriers. He is open to new patients. After completing medical school at Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center, Paul L. Foster School of Medicine, Dr. Allon performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with Baylor College of Medicine. He has received the distinction of Texas Super Doctors. In addition to English, Dr. Allon (or staff) speaks Hebrew and Spanish.

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Relevant Interests: , laparoscopic surgery

All Interests: Menopause, Cyst Removal, Infertility, Nutrition Issues, Hysteroscopy, Pap Test, Laparoscopic ... (Read more)

Dr. Thomas Richard Newton Jr., MD
Specializes in General Surgery, Colon & Rectal Surgery
9200 Pinecroft; Suite 320
The Woodlands, TX
 

Dr. Thomas Newton is a general surgeon and colon and rectal surgeon in The Woodlands, TX, Houston, TX, and Spring, TX. He has a 4.5 out of 5 star average patient rating. Areas of expertise for Dr. Newton include bleeding, sexually transmitted diseases (STds), and colectomy (colon resection). He is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and United Healthcare Choice. Dr. Newton attended the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, School of Medicine and then went on to complete his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston and a hospital affiliated with Indiana University. In addition to English, he speaks Spanish. His professional affiliations include Memorial Hermann Southeast Hospital, Memorial Hermann Sugar Land Hospital, and Memorial Hermann The Woodlands Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , laparoscopic surgery

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

Dr. John Nicholas Papadopoulos, MD
Specializes in Urology, Surgical Oncology
135 Vision Park Drive
The Woodlands, TX
 

Dr. John Papadopoulos is a physician who specializes in urology (urinary tract disease) and surgical oncology (cancer surgery). Dr. Papadopoulos graduated from Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center, Paul L. Foster School of Medicine. His medical residency was performed at the University of Wisconsin Hospital and Clinics. Areas of expertise for Dr. Papadopoulos include bladder cancer, infertility, and tumor. He takes several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Houston Methodist and The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center.

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Relevant Interests: , transurethral resection of the prostate (TURP), laparoscopic surgery

All Interests: Prostate Problems, Incontinence, Circumcision, Erectile Dysfunction, Kidney Stones, Transurethral ... (Read more)

Dr. Matthew Trong Mathew Nguyen, MD
Specializes in General Surgery, Other
920 Medical Plaza Drive; Suite 380
The Woodlands, TX
 

Dr. K. Nguyen is a specialist in general surgery. His areas of expertise include the following: pancreas problems, breast surgery, and breast cancer. Dr. Nguyen accepts Blue Cross/Blue Shield, HealthSmart, Viant, and more. He attended the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, School of Medicine and subsequently trained at a hospital affiliated with Louisiana State University for residency. In addition to English, Dr. Nguyen (or staff) speaks Spanish and Vietnamese. Dr. Nguyen's hospital/clinic affiliations include Houston Methodist and Houston Northwest Medical Center. He is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , laparoscopic surgery

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

Dr. Michael Joseph Streitmann, MD
Specializes in Plastic Surgery, Otolaryngology
9201 Pinecroft Drive; Suite 210
The Woodlands, TX
 

Dr. Michael Streitmann is a plastic surgeon and ear, nose and throat specialist. He attended the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, School of Medicine and then went on to complete his residency at a hospital affiliated with Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU). Clinical interests for Dr. Streitmann include eyelid surgery, thigh lift, and tummy tuck (abdominoplasty). Dr. Streitmann's average patient rating is 4.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Streitmann takes several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and United Healthcare Choice. He is affiliated with Park Plaza Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , endoscopic surgery

All Interests: Dermabrasion, Breast Augmentation, Endoscopic Surgery, Cosmetic Surgery, Breast Implant Removal, ... (Read more)

Dr. James Leland Strickland, MD
Specializes in Interventional Cardiology, Cardiac Electrophysiology
9303 Pincecroft Drive; Suite 250
The Woodlands, TX
 

Dr. James Strickland's specialties are interventional cardiology and cardiac electrophysiology (heart rhythm). He practices in The Woodlands, TX, Houston, TX, and Baytown, TX. Clinical interests for Dr. Strickland include ablation, implantable cardioverter-defibrillator (ICD), and electrophysiological (EP) study. Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Aetna Medicare, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Strickland honors. 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 Texas Health Science Center at Houston. He speaks Spanish. Dr. Strickland is affiliated with Houston Methodist, Tomball Regional Medical Center, and Memorial Hermann The Woodlands Hospital. His practice is open to new patients.

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

2013 Procedure Details

  • Medicare Volume: 57
  • Uninsured Cost: $1,125 - $2,700
  • Medicare Cost: $425 - $863
Dr. David Omid Navid, DO
Specializes in Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery, Sports Medicine
9201 Pinecroft Drive
The Woodlands, TX
 

Dr. David Navid is an orthopedics/orthopedic surgery and sports medicine specialist in The Woodlands, TX, Shenandoah, TX, and Houston, TX. His areas of clinical interest consist of foot problems and ankle problems. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Tomball Regional Medical Center and Houston Northwest Medical Center. Dr. Navid is in-network for Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Navid studied medicine at the University of North Texas Health Science Center, Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine. His residency was performed at Botsford Hospital. He is conversant in Spanish.

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Clinical Interests: Ankle Problems, Foot Problems

2013 Procedure Details

  • Medicare Volume: 26
  • Uninsured Cost: $2,279 - $2,388
  • Medicare Cost: $332 - $638
Dr. Don Louis Berardinucci, MD
Specializes in Urology
17198 St. Lukes Way; Suite 410
The Woodlands, TX
 

Dr. Don Berardinucci is an urologist in Houston, TX and The Woodlands, TX. Patient reviews placed him at an average of 4.0 stars out of 5. In his practice, he is particularly interested in cystoscopy (bladder endoscopy), infertility, and laparoscopic surgery. Dr. Berardinucci is an in-network provider for Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and more. He is a graduate of Queen's University School of Medicine. Dr. Berardinucci speaks Spanish. He is affiliated with Houston Northwest Medical Center.

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Relevant Interests: , laparoscopic surgery

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

2013 Procedure Details

  • Medicare Volume: 12
  • Uninsured Cost: $2,710
  • Medicare Cost: $832
Dr. Kenneth David Palmer, MD
Specializes in Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery
17198 St. Luke's Way; Suite 600
The Woodlands, TX
 

Dr. Kenneth Palmer's area of specialization is orthopedics/orthopedic surgery. Dr. Palmer's areas of expertise include spinal fusion and neck surgery. Patients gave him an average rating of 4.5 stars out of 5. He is in-network for Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and more. He is a graduate of Georgetown University School of Medicine and a graduate of St. Luke's-Roosevelt Hospital Center's residency program. He has received professional recognition including the following: Texas Super Doctors. Dr. Palmer is affiliated with Houston Methodist. He has an open panel.

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

2013 Procedure Details

  • Medicare Volume: 12
  • Uninsured Cost: $1,792
  • Medicare Cost: $558

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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.