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

Dr. Duane Andrews specializes in general surgery and thoracic surgery. He has a 5.0 out of 5 star average patient rating. In his practice, Dr. Andrews focuses on vascular surgery procedures and thoracic (chest) surgery procedures. He honors Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Choice, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and more. He is a graduate of Baylor College of Medicine. He has received the distinction of 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's areas of specialization are general surgery and bariatric surgery. He obtained his medical school training at the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry and performed his residency at Mary Imogene Bassett Hospital. Areas of particular interest for Dr. Babineau include weight loss surgery (bariatric surgery). Dr. Babineau has received a 2.5 out of 5 star rating by his patients. He is an in-network provider for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Choice, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, as well as other insurance carriers.

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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 physician who specializes in general surgery, vascular surgery, and cardiothoracic surgery. He attended medical school at the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Chicago. His areas of clinical interest consist of vascular surgery procedures, laparoscopic surgery, and thoracic (chest) surgery procedures. Dr. Willms is an in-network provider for United Healthcare Compass, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Choice, as well as other insurance carriers.

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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
Dr. James Andrew Caccitolo, MD
Specializes in General Surgery, Thoracic Surgery
619 S Fleishel; Suite 207
Tyler, TX
 

Dr. James Caccitolo's specialties are general surgery and thoracic surgery. He practices in Tyler, TX. He graduated from Loyola University Chicago, Stritch School of Medicine. Dr. Caccitolo accepts Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, in addition to other insurance carriers.

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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's specialty is orthopedics/orthopedic surgery. Patients gave him an average rating of 5.0 stars out of 5. Clinical interests for Dr. Devinney include reverse total shoulder replacement, hip arthroscopy, and sports health. Dr. Devinney is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO. Dr. Devinney's education and training includes medical school at the University of North Texas Health Science Center, Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine and residency at Botsford Hospital. He is affiliated with ETMC First Physicians.

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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. Joseph Michael Conflitti, MD
Specializes in Trauma Surgery, Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery
1000 S. Beckham Avenue
Tyler, TX
 

Dr. Joseph Conflitti's medical specialty is trauma surgery and orthopedics/orthopedic surgery. Patient ratings for Dr. Conflitti average 3.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Conflitti's areas of expertise include the following: knee replacement, arthritis, and fracture surgery. Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Conflitti accepts. Dr. Conflitti attended Texas A & M Health Science Center College of Medicine and then went on to complete Dr. Conflitti's residency at the University of Mississippi Medical Center. Dr. Conflitti is professionally affiliated with ETMC First Physicians.

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Relevant Interests: , knee arthroscopy

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

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

Dr. Patrick Wupperman practices orthopedics/orthopedic surgery and sports medicine. His areas of expertise include the following: elbow reconstruction, shoulder arthroscopy, and elbow arthroscopy. Patient reviews placed Dr. Wupperman at an average of 4.5 stars out of 5. He accepts several insurance carriers, including United Healthcare Compass, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Choice. He attended medical school at Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center, Paul L. Foster School of Medicine and the University of Texas Medical School at Houston. He trained at Vanderbilt University Medical Center for residency. Distinctions awarded to Dr. Wupperman include: 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 general surgeon, vascular surgeon, and colon and rectal surgeon in Tyler, TX. On average, patients gave Dr. Harrison a rating of 3.0 stars out of 5. Areas of particular interest for Dr. Harrison include colorectal surgery procedures and vascular surgery procedures. He takes Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, as well as other insurance carriers. He attended Texas A & M Health Science Center College of Medicine for medical school and subsequently trained at Cleveland Clinic, a hospital affiliated with Texas A & M Health Science Center, and a hospital affiliated with Baylor College of Medicine for residency. He has received the following distinction: 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
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Specializes in Spine Surgery, Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery
3414 Golden Road; Garden Level
Tyler, TX
 

Dr. Michael Russell is a medical specialist in spine surgery and orthopedics/orthopedic surgery. He graduated from the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School. Dr. Russell trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas for his residency. Clinical interests for Dr. Russell include spine surgery procedures. He has received a 3.0 out of 5 star rating by his patients. Dr. Russell takes United Healthcare Compass, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Choice, and more.

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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
Dr. James Robert Harris, MD
Specializes in Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery, Sports Medicine
3414 Golden Road
Tyler, TX
 

Dr. James Harris is an orthopedic surgeon and sports medicine specialist in Tyler, TX and Pittsburg, TX. In Dr. Harris's practice, he is particularly interested in knee problems, sports health, and shoulder problems. Before performing his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Southern California (USC) and a hospital affiliated with Tulane University, Dr. Harris attended the University of Texas Medical Branch School of Medicine. He is an in-network provider for United Healthcare Compass, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Choice, in addition to other insurance carriers.

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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. James Douglas Saar, MD
Specializes in Plastic Surgery
3200 Troup Highway; Suite 240
Tyler, TX
 

Dr. James Saar is a plastic surgeon in Tyler, TX. His clinical interests include thigh lift, general reconstruction, and tummy tuck (abdominoplasty). Dr. Saar attended medical school at the University of Oklahoma College of Medicine. He has a 4.5 out of 5 star average patient rating. He accepts Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Choice, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Saar has received the following distinction: 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. Steven Roe Potter, MD
Specializes in Urology, Transplant Surgery
1100 E Lake Street; Suite 160
Tyler, TX
 

Dr. Steve Potter is a specialist in urology (urinary tract disease) and transplant surgery. His patients gave him an average rating of 5.0 out of 5 stars. Dr. Potter is in-network for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, in addition to other insurance carriers. He graduated from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), David Geffen School of Medicine and then he performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with Johns Hopkins University. He is professionally 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 specializes in orthopedics/orthopedic surgery and sports medicine. In Dr. Foreman's practice, Dr. Foreman is particularly interested in knee problems, sports health, and shoulder problems. Dr. Foreman's education and training includes medical school at Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center, Paul L. Foster School of Medicine and residency at Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center. Patient ratings for Dr. Foreman average 3.5 stars out of 5. United Healthcare Compass, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Choice are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Foreman honors.

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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
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Specializes in Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery, Sports Medicine
3414 Golden Road
Tyler, TX
 

Dr. L. Jones' medical specialty is orthopedics/orthopedic surgery and sports medicine. After completing medical school at Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center, Paul L. Foster School of Medicine, Dr. Jones performed his residency at the University of Mississippi Medical Center. His clinical interests include sports health, knee arthroscopy, and fractures (broken bones). He accepts United Healthcare Compass, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Choice, and more.

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Relevant Interests: , knee arthroscopy, shoulder arthroscopy

All Interests: Meniscus Repair, Sports Health, Shoulder Surgery, Reconstructive Surgery, Fractures, Total Knee ... (Read more)

Dr. David Brent Kerns, MD
Specializes in General Surgery, Vascular Surgery
1000 S. Beckham
Tyler, TX
 

Dr. D. Kerns, who practices in Tyler, TX, is a medical specialist in general surgery and vascular surgery. After attending the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School, he completed his residency training at a hospital affiliated with SUNY Upstate Medical University. He has indicated that his clinical interests include heart surgery, colon problems, and vascular disease. Patient ratings for Dr. Kerns average 3.5 stars out of 5. Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Kerns takes.

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Clinical Interests: Rectal Problems, Vascular Disease, Vascular Surgery Procedures, Colon Problems, Surgical ... (Read more)

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. Todd Raabe's areas of specialization are spine surgery and orthopedics/orthopedic surgery; he sees patients in Tyler, TX. His average patient rating is 2.5 stars out of 5. In his practice, Dr. Raabe focuses on scoliosis and spine surgery procedures. Dr. Raabe is in-network for several insurance carriers, including United Healthcare Compass, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Choice. He attended Texas A & M Health Science Center College of Medicine for medical school and subsequently trained at a hospital affiliated with Texas A & M Health Science Center for residency.

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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

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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.