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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 practices cardiac surgery, general surgery, and vascular surgery. In addition to English, he speaks Spanish. Dr. Kitten's areas of expertise include video-assisted thoracoscopic surgery (VATS), aortic aneurysm, and heart valve disease. He is professionally affiliated with Cypress Fairbanks Medical Center Hospital, Tomball Regional Medical Center, and Houston Methodist. Dr. Kitten is a graduate of Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center, Paul L. Foster School of Medicine. His training includes a residency program at a hospital affiliated with Baylor College of Medicine. Patient reviews placed him at an average of 4.5 stars out of 5. He honors Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Kitten's practice 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. 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's specialties are cardiac surgery, general surgery, and thoracic surgery. He practices in The Woodlands, TX, Cypress, TX, and Houston, TX. He speaks Spanish. Clinical interests for Dr. Mettauer include video-assisted thoracoscopic surgery (VATS), arrhythmias (irregular heartbeats), and aortic aneurysm. Dr. Mettauer is affiliated with Cypress Fairbanks Medical Center Hospital, Houston Methodist, and Tomball Regional Medical Center. He attended Texas A & M Health Science Center College of Medicine for medical school and subsequently trained at Scott and White Healthcare and Texas Heart Institute for residency. Patients gave Dr. Mettauer an average rating of 5.0 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 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. 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 surgery, vascular surgery, and thoracic surgery specialist. Clinical interests for Dr. Stroud include video-assisted thoracoscopic surgery (VATS), minor surgery, and mitral valve disease. His professional affiliations include Cypress Fairbanks Medical Center Hospital, Houston Methodist, and Tomball Regional Medical Center. Before completing his residency at Fitzsimons Army Medical Center and Ochsner Medical Center, Dr. Stroud attended medical school at Tulane University School of Medicine. He accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and more. 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. Khawaja Azimuddin, MD
Specializes in General Surgery, Colon & Rectal Surgery
17450 St Lukes Way; Suite 250
The Woodlands, TX
 

Dr. Khawaja Azimuddin's areas of specialization are general surgery and colon & rectal surgery; he sees patients in Houston, TX and The Woodlands, TX. His average rating from his patients is 4.5 stars out of 5. Areas of expertise for Dr. Azimuddin include cancer, polypectomy (polyp removal), and laparoscopic colectomy. Dr. Azimuddin's hospital/clinic affiliations include Cypress Fairbanks Medical Center Hospital, Houston Methodist, and Houston Northwest Medical Center. Dr. Azimuddin 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. He has an open panel. He trained at Our Lady of Mercy Medical Center and LeHigh Valley Hospital Network for residency. 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, laparoscopic colon surgery, robotic surgery, da Vinci surgery

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

Dr. Keith Stephen Flak, MD
Specializes in Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery, Sports Medicine
920 Medical Plaza Drive; Suite 260
Spring, TX
 

Dr. Keith Flak's medical specialty is orthopedics/orthopedic surgery and sports medicine. In addition to English, he speaks Spanish. In his practice, Dr. Flak focuses on sports health. He is professionally affiliated with Memorial Hermann The Woodlands Hospital and Houston Northwest Medical Center. He studied medicine at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, School of Medicine. Dr. Flak's medical residency was performed at a hospital affiliated with Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU). He takes Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Aetna Medicare, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Flak has an open panel.

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Relevant Interests: , arthroscopic surgery

All Interests: Sports Health, ACL Injury, Fractures, Arthroscopic Surgery, Arthritis, Hand Surgery Procedures, ... (Read more)

Dr. Rafael A Lugo, MD
Specializes in General Surgery
150 Pine Forest Drive; Suite 404
Shenandoah, TX
 

Dr. Rafael Lugo is a general surgery specialist. He graduated from Ponce School of Medicine. These areas are among Dr. Lugo's clinical interests: cancer surgery, colon cancer, and thyroid cancer. He has a 4.5 out of 5 star average patient rating. Dr. Lugo is in-network for Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and United Healthcare Choice, as well as other insurance carriers. He is conversant in Spanish. He is professionally affiliated with Houston Methodist. He welcomes new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , laparoscopic colectomy, laparoscopic small bowel resection, laparoscopic gallbladder removal, laparoscopic Nissen fundoplication, laparoscopic surgery, laparoscopic appendectomy

All Interests: Breast Biopsy, Laparoscopic Colectomy, Gallstones, Flexible Sigmoidoscopy, Laparoscopic Nissen ... (Read more)

Dr. Mark Joseph Pidala, MD
Specializes in General Surgery, Colon & Rectal Surgery
9200 Pinecroft; Suite 320
The Woodlands, TX
 

Dr. Mark Pidala's medical specialty is general surgery and colon & rectal surgery. He speaks Spanish. Dr. Pidala's clinical interests include warts, colon cancer, and crohn's disease. He is affiliated with Memorial Hermann Greater Heights Hospital, Memorial Hermann Southeast Hospital, and Memorial Hermann Sugar Land Hospital. Dr. Pidala graduated from the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine and Northeast Ohio Medical University and then he performed his residency at Summa Akron City Hospital. He is in-network for Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Amerigroup Star, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, as well as other insurance carriers. He has received professional recognition including the following: Texas Super Doctors. Dr. Pidala has an open panel.

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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
1441 Woodstead Court; Suite 300
The Woodlands, TX
 

Dr. Meena Shatby's medical specialty is foot & ankle surgery and orthopedics/orthopedic surgery. Before performing his residency at a hospital affiliated with Baylor College of Medicine, Dr. Shatby attended Baylor College of Medicine for medical school. He is especially interested in knee problems, foot problems, and sports health. Patient reviews placed him at an average of 4.0 stars out of 5. He is in-network for Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Amerigroup Star, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Shatby is affiliated with 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. Albert Brant Lipscomb Jr., MD
Specializes in General Surgery, Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery, Sports Medicine
9305 Pinecroft Drive; Suite 400
The Woodlands, TX
 

Dr. Albert Lipscomb works as a general surgeon, orthopedic surgeon, and sports medicine specialist in The Woodlands, TX. He studied medicine at Vanderbilt University School of Medicine. Dr. Lipscomb's medical residency was performed at Vanderbilt University Medical Center. He accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Amerigroup Star, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and more. He is professionally 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, Sports Health, Hand Fracture, Bone Spurs, Spine ... (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 is an orthopedics/orthopedic surgery specialist in The Woodlands, TX and Houston, TX. Dr. Price obtained his medical school training at the University of Texas Medical Branch School of Medicine and performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Alabama. Clinical interests for Dr. Price include knee problems, arthroscopic surgery, and cancer. His average rating from his patients is 5.0 stars out of 5. He 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. He has received the distinction of Texas Super Doctors. Dr. Price is affiliated with Houston Methodist. His practice is open to 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. Kelly Wayne Blevins, MD
Specializes in Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery
9305 Pinecroft Drive; Suite 400
The Woodlands, TX
 

Dr. Kelly Blevins' specialty is orthopedics/orthopedic surgery. He is rated 3.0 stars out of 5 by his patients. Dr. Blevins's clinical interests include knee problems, foot problems, and arthroscopic surgery. He is affiliated with Memorial Hermann The Woodlands Hospital and the University of Texas (UT) Physicians. He takes Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Amerigroup Star, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Blevins obtained his medical school training at the University of Texas Medical School at Houston and performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston.

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

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

Dr. Michael A Allon, MD
Specializes in Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility, Gynecology
17198 St. Luke's Way; Suite 410
The Woodlands, TX
 

Dr. Michael Allon's areas of specialization are reproductive endocrinology and infertility and gynecology. His education and training includes medical school at Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center, Paul L. Foster School of Medicine and residency at a hospital affiliated with Baylor College of Medicine. Clinical interests for Dr. Allon include pap test, male infertility, and male reproductive disorders. Patient ratings for Dr. Allon average 3.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Allon accepts Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, in addition to other insurance carriers. He has received professional recognition including the following: Texas Super Doctors. Dr. Allon (or staff) speaks Hebrew and Spanish. He is affiliated with Cypress Fairbanks Medical Center Hospital, Houston Methodist, and Memorial Hermann Memorial City Medical Center. His practice is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , laparoscopic surgery

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

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

Dr. James Strickland is a specialist in interventional cardiology and cardiac electrophysiology (heart rhythm). He is conversant in Spanish. His areas of expertise include ablation, implantable cardioverter-defibrillator (ICD), and electrophysiological (EP) study. Dr. Strickland is affiliated with Houston Methodist, Tomball Regional Medical Center, and Memorial Hermann - Texas Medical Center (TMC). 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. Dr. Strickland accepts Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Aetna Medicare, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, as well as other insurance carriers. He welcomes new patients.

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

Dr. Christine Lee works as a gynecologic oncologist. Patients gave her an average rating of 3.5 stars out of 5. Her areas of expertise include the following: gynecologic procedures and da vinci surgery. Dr. Lee's professional affiliations include Memorial Hermann Sugar Land Hospital, Houston Methodist, and Memorial Hermann The Woodlands Hospital. Dr. Lee 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. New patients are welcome to contact her office for an appointment. She graduated from the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School and Wayne State University School of Medicine and then she performed 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: Gynecologic Procedures, 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. Kevin Michael Moran, MD
Specializes in Spine Surgery, Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery
3115 College Park Drive; Suite 112
Conroe, TX
 

Dr. Kevin Moran practices spine surgery and orthopedics/orthopedic surgery. He speaks Spanish. Dr. Moran's areas of expertise include knee problems, arthroscopic surgery, and replacement arthroplasty (joint replacement). He is professionally affiliated with Houston Northwest Medical Center. 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. He is rated 4.0 stars out of 5 by his patients. Dr. Moran accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and more.

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Relevant Interests: , arthroscopic surgery

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

Dr. Ryan Goodson Steward, MD
Specializes in Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility
9200 Pinecroft Drive; Suite 480
The Woodlands, TX
 

Dr. Ryan Steward practices reproductive endocrinology and infertility in Tomball, TX, Houston, TX, and The Woodlands, TX. He attended the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, School of Medicine and subsequently trained at Memorial Hermann and a hospital affiliated with the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston for residency. These areas are among his clinical interests: high risk pregnancy, amenorrhea (missed periods), and dysfunctional uterine bleeding. Dr. Steward is rated 5.0 stars out of 5 by his patients. He takes Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, in addition to other insurance carriers. He is affiliated with Memorial Hermann Sugar Land Hospital, Houston Methodist, and Tomball Regional Medical Center. New patients are welcome to contact Dr. Steward's office for an appointment.

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Relevant Interests: , operative hysteroscopy

All Interests: Amenorrhea, Dysfunctional Uterine Bleeding, Hysteroscopy, High Risk Pregnancy, Endometriosis, ... (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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