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Specializes in General Surgery, Thoracic Surgery
910 East Houston; Suite 530
Tyler, TX
 

Dr. Duane Andrews' specialties are general surgery and thoracic surgery. Dr. Andrews's average patient rating is 5.0 stars out of 5. In his practice, he is particularly interested in vascular surgery procedures and thoracic (chest) surgery procedures. Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Choice, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Andrews accepts. He graduated from Baylor College of Medicine. He has received the following distinction: Texas Super Doctors.

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Clinical Interests: Vascular Surgery Procedures, Thoracic Surgery Procedures

2013 Procedure Details

  • Medicare Volume: 15
  • Uninsured Cost: $3,322
  • Medicare Cost: $637
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Specializes in General Surgery, Bariatric Surgery
1100 East Lake Street; Suite 150
Tyler, TX
 

Dr. Hugh Babineau is a specialist in general surgery and bariatric surgery. He has received a 2.5 out of 5 star rating by his patients. His clinical interests encompass weight loss surgery (bariatric surgery). Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Choice, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Babineau honors. Dr. Babineau is a graduate of the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry. He trained at Mary Imogene Bassett Hospital for residency.

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Clinical Interests: Weight Loss Surgery

2013 Procedure Details

  • Medicare Volume: 88
  • Uninsured Cost: $6,000
  • Medicare Cost: $1,168
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Specializes in General Surgery, Vascular Surgery, Cardiothoracic Surgery
1100 E. Lake Street; Suite 140
Tyler, TX
 

Dr. Richard Willms is a medical specialist in general surgery, vascular surgery, and cardiothoracic surgery. In his practice, Dr. Willms focuses on vascular surgery procedures, laparoscopic surgery, and thoracic (chest) surgery procedures. Dr. Willms accepts United Healthcare Compass, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Choice, and more. He attended medical school at the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Chicago.

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Relevant Interests: , laparoscopic surgery

All Interests: Thoracic Surgery Procedures, Vascular Surgery Procedures, Laparoscopic Surgery

2013 Procedure Details

  • Medicare Volume: 23
  • Uninsured Cost: $600
  • Medicare Cost: $109
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Specializes in General Surgery, Thoracic Surgery
619 S Fleishel; Suite 207
Tyler, TX
 

Dr. James Caccitolo sees patients in Tyler, TX. His medical specialties are general surgery and thoracic surgery. He is in-network for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, as well as other insurance carriers. He studied medicine at Loyola University Chicago, Stritch School of Medicine.

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2013 Procedure Details

  • Medicare Volume: 112
  • Uninsured Cost: $541 - $3,690
  • Medicare Cost: $208 - $1,581
Dr. Dennis Scott Devinney, MD, DO
Specializes in Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery
1000 S. Beckham Avenue
Tyler, TX
 

Dr. D. Devinney is an orthopedist. His areas of expertise include the following: reverse total shoulder replacement, hip arthroscopy, and sports health. He is professionally affiliated with ETMC First Physicians. Dr. Devinney attended the University of North Texas Health Science Center, Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine and then went on to complete his residency at Botsford Hospital. He is rated highly by his patients. Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Devinney accepts.

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Relevant Interests: , hip arthroscopy, knee arthroscopy, shoulder arthroscopy, elbow arthroscopy

All Interests: Sports Health, Elbow Arthroscopy, Reverse Total Shoulder Replacement, Elbow Problems, Shoulder ... (Read more)

2013 Procedure Details

  • Medicare Volume: 116
  • Uninsured Cost: $1,363 - $2,236
  • Medicare Cost: $168 - $1,008
Dr. James Douglas Saar, MD
Specializes in Plastic Surgery
3200 Troup Highway; Suite 240
Tyler, TX
 

Dr. James Saar is a physician who specializes in plastic surgery. Dr. Saar graduated from the University of Oklahoma College of Medicine. His areas of expertise include thigh lift, general reconstruction, and tummy tuck (abdominoplasty). Patient ratings for Dr. Saar average 4.5 stars out of 5. He is an in-network provider for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Choice, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, in addition to other insurance carriers. He has received professional recognition including the following: Texas Super Doctors.

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Relevant Interests: , endoscopic surgery

All Interests: Eyelid Surgery, Botulinum Toxin Injection, Breast Augmentation, Blepharoptosis Repair, Nose ... (Read more)

Dr. Patrick Lee Wupperman, MD
Specializes in Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery, Sports Medicine
3414 Golden Road
Tyler, TX
 

Dr. Patrick Wupperman is a Tyler, TX physician who specializes in orthopedics/orthopedic surgery and sports medicine. Dr. Wupperman has a special interest in elbow reconstruction, shoulder arthroscopy, and elbow arthroscopy. He is rated 4.5 stars out of 5 by his patients. He is in-network for United Healthcare Compass, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Choice, as well as other insurance carriers. After attending Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center, Paul L. Foster School of Medicine and the University of Texas Medical School at Houston for medical school, he completed his residency training at Vanderbilt University Medical Center. He has received the following distinctions: Texas Super Doctors and Texas Rising Stars.

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Relevant Interests: , shoulder arthroscopy, elbow arthroscopy

All Interests: Meniscus Repair, Elbow Arthroscopy, Elbow Problems, Shoulder Problems, Shoulder Arthroscopy, Elbow ... (Read more)

2013 Procedure Details

  • Medicare Volume: 196
  • Uninsured Cost: $1,483 - $3,357
  • Medicare Cost: $165 - $1,010
Dr. James Blake Harrison, MD
Specializes in General Surgery, Vascular Surgery, Colon & Rectal Surgery
1000 S. Beckham
Tyler, TX
 

Dr. J. Harrison is a specialist in general surgery, vascular surgery, and colon & rectal surgery. He works in Tyler, TX. He attended Texas A & M Health Science Center College of Medicine and then went on to complete his residency at Cleveland Clinic, a hospital affiliated with Texas A & M Health Science Center, and a hospital affiliated with Baylor College of Medicine. Dr. Harrison's clinical interests encompass colorectal surgery procedures and vascular surgery procedures. The average patient rating for Dr. Harrison is 3.0 stars out of 5. He accepts Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Harrison has received professional recognition including the following: Texas Super Doctors.

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Clinical Interests: Vascular Surgery Procedures, Colorectal Surgery Procedures, Angioplasty

2013 Procedure Details

  • Medicare Volume: 14
  • Uninsured Cost: $1,860
  • Medicare Cost: $606
Dr. James Robert Harris, MD
Specializes in Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery, Sports Medicine
3414 Golden Road
Tyler, TX
 

Dr. James Harris is an orthopedics/orthopedic surgery and sports medicine specialist. Clinical interests for Dr. Harris include knee problems, sports health, and shoulder problems. He is an in-network provider for United Healthcare Compass, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Choice, as well as other insurance carriers. His education and training includes medical school at the University of Texas Medical Branch School of Medicine and residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Southern California (USC) and a hospital affiliated with Tulane University.

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Clinical Interests: Sports Health, Shoulder Problems, Knee Problems, Musculoskeletal Problems

2013 Procedure Details

  • Medicare Volume: 28
  • Uninsured Cost: $2,336 - $2,900
  • Medicare Cost: $168 - $390
Dr. Joseph Michael Conflitti, MD
Specializes in Trauma Surgery, Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery
1000 S. Beckham Avenue
Tyler, TX
 

Dr. Joseph Conflitti is a trauma surgery and orthopedics/orthopedic surgery specialist. The average patient rating for Dr. Conflitti is 3.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Conflitti has indicated that Dr. Conflitti's clinical interests include knee replacement, arthritis, and fracture surgery. Dr. Conflitti is affiliated with ETMC First Physicians. Dr. Conflitti takes Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. Dr. Conflitti's education and training includes medical school at Texas A & M Health Science Center College of Medicine and residency at the University of Mississippi Medical Center.

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Relevant Interests: , knee arthroscopy

All Interests: Fracture Surgery, Musculoskeletal Problems, Knee Arthroscopy, Arthritis, Ligament Surgery, Knee ... (Read more)

Dr. Steven Roe Potter, MD
Specializes in Urology, Transplant Surgery
1100 E Lake Street; Suite 160
Tyler, TX
 

Dr. Steve Potter works as an urologist and transplant surgeon. The average patient rating for Dr. Potter is 5.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Potter is an in-network provider for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, in addition to other insurance carriers. Before completing his residency at a hospital affiliated with Johns Hopkins University, Dr. Potter attended medical school at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), David Geffen School of Medicine. He is affiliated with ETMC First Physicians.

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Clinical Interests: Transplant Procedures, Urologic Disorders

2013 Procedure Details

  • Medicare Volume: 14
  • Uninsured Cost: $3,376
  • Medicare Cost: $720
Dr. Kim Alan Foreman, MD
Specializes in Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery, Sports Medicine
3414 Golden Road
Tyler, TX
 

Dr. Kim Foreman's specialties are orthopedics/orthopedic surgery and sports medicine. Dr. Kim Foreman practices in Tyler, TX and Pittsburg, TX. On average, patients gave Dr. Foreman a rating of 3.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Foreman's areas of expertise include knee problems, sports health, and shoulder problems. Dr. Foreman is in-network for United Healthcare Compass, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Choice, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Foreman graduated from Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center, Paul L. Foster School of Medicine and then Dr. Foreman performed Dr. Foreman's residency at Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center.

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Clinical Interests: Sports Health, Shoulder Problems, Knee Problems

2013 Procedure Details

  • Medicare Volume: 63
  • Uninsured Cost: $2,265 - $3,400
  • Medicare Cost: $168 - $1,027
Dr. David Brent Kerns, MD
Specializes in General Surgery, Vascular Surgery
1000 S. Beckham
Tyler, TX
 

Dr. D. Kerns is a general surgeon and vascular surgeon. Patients gave him an average rating of 3.5 stars out of 5. These areas are among Dr. Kerns's clinical interests: heart surgery, vascular disease, and vascular surgery procedures. He honors several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO. He obtained his medical school training at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School and performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with SUNY Upstate Medical University.

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Clinical Interests: Vascular Disease, Vascular Surgery Procedures, Rectal Surgery, Colon Problems, Heart Surgery

2013 Procedure Details

  • Medicare Volume: 26
  • Uninsured Cost: $1,935
  • Medicare Cost: $656
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Specializes in Spine Surgery, Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery
3414 Golden Road; Garden Level
Tyler, TX
 

Dr. Michael Russell practices spine surgery and orthopedics/orthopedic surgery. His clinical interests include spine surgery procedures. Dr. Russell has a 3.0 out of 5 star average patient rating. He is in-network for United Healthcare Compass, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Choice, and more. Before completing his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas, Dr. Russell attended medical school at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School.

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Clinical Interests: Spine Surgery Procedures

2013 Procedure Details

  • Medicare Volume: 62
  • Uninsured Cost: $1,931 - $5,490
  • Medicare Cost: $440 - $1,011
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Specializes in Spine Surgery, Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery
3414 Golden Road; Garden Level
Tyler, TX
 

Dr. Todd Raabe specializes in spine surgery and orthopedics/orthopedic surgery and practices in Tyler, TX. Dr. Raabe attended medical school at Texas A & M Health Science Center College of Medicine. He trained at a hospital affiliated with Texas A & M Health Science Center for his residency. He is especially interested in scoliosis and spine surgery procedures. On average, patients gave him a rating of 2.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Raabe is in-network for United Healthcare Compass, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Choice, as well as other insurance carriers.

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Clinical Interests: Scoliosis, Spine Surgery Procedures

2013 Procedure Details

  • Medicare Volume: 42
  • Uninsured Cost: $1,962 - $2,100
  • Medicare Cost: $447 - $537
Dr. Mark Richard Robbins, MD
Specializes in General Surgery, Vascular Surgery
1028 E. Idel Street; Suite B
Tyler, TX
 

Dr. Mark Robbins' specialties are general surgery and vascular surgery. He is rated highly by his patients. Dr. Robbins takes Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, as well as other insurance carriers. He studied medicine at the University of Iowa, Carver College of Medicine.

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2013 Procedure Details

  • Medicare Volume: 19
  • Uninsured Cost: $2,166
  • Medicare Cost: $682

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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.