We found 88 providers matching minimally invasive surgery and who accept Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold near Largo, FL.

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Dr Mark J Alkire MD
Specializes in Vascular Surgery, Trauma Surgery, Thoracic Surgery
Average rating 5.0 stars out of 5 (3 ratings)
1201 South Myrtle Avenue
Clearwater, FL

Dr. Mark Alkire, who practices in Tampa, FL, Brandon, FL, and Sun City Center, FL, is a medical specialist in vascular surgery, trauma surgery, and thoracic surgery. Patients rated him highly, giving him an average of 5.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Alkire's clinical interests include lung cancer, nerve block, and esophageal surgery. His professional affiliations include Northside Hospital, South Bay Hospital, and Tampa Community Hospital. He takes Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. Before performing his residency at a hospital affiliated with Louisiana State University, Dr. Alkire attended Louisiana State University School of Medicine in New Orleans for medical school. Dr. Alkire has received professional recognition including the following: Florida Super Doctors 2009 - Gulf Coast Edition. In addition to English, he speaks Spanish.

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Clinical Interests: Vascular Surgery Procedures, Nerve Block, Aneurysm, Lung Cancer, Lung Surgery, Esophageal Surgery, T ... (Read more)

2013 Procedure Details

Source: Medicare Provider Utilization and Payment Data

  • Volume: 28
  • Charge (avg.): $2,551 - $3,048
  • Negotiated Rate (avg.): $548 - $641
Richard Shawn Gordon MD
Specializes in General Surgery, Bariatric Surgery
1258 W Bay Drive; Suite E
Largo, FL

Dr. Richard Gordon is a physician who specializes in general surgery and bariatric surgery. Dr. Gordon graduated from the University of Ottawa Faculty of Medicine and then he performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Ottawa. These areas are among his clinical interests: gastric bypass surgery, sleeve gastrectomy, and biopsy. He is an in-network provider for Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, in addition to other insurance carriers. He is professionally affiliated with BayCare Alliant Hospital, Largo Medical Center - Indian Rocks Road Campus, and BayCare Physician Partners.

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Relevant Interests: , Laparoscopic Gastric Banding

All Interests: Laparoscopic Gastric Banding, Sleeve Gastrectomy, Surgical Procedures, Hernia, Gastric Bypass Surger ... (Read more)

2013 Procedure Details

Source: Medicare Provider Utilization and Payment Data

  • Volume: 12
  • Charge (avg.): $2,092
  • Negotiated Rate (avg.): $697
Dr Joshua David Rovin MD
Specializes in General Surgery, Cardiothoracic Surgery
Average rating 5.0 stars out of 5 (1 rating)
455 Pinellas Street; Suite 320
Clearwater, FL

Dr. Joshua Rovin is a general surgeon and cardiothoracic surgeon. His areas of clinical interest consist of minimally invasive surgery, transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR), and pacemaker. Dr. Rovin accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. Before completing his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Virginia, Dr. Rovin attended medical school at the University of Louisville School of Medicine. He is professionally affiliated with St. Anthony's Hospital, Northside Hospital, and Largo Medical Center - Indian Rocks Road Campus.

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Relevant Interests: , Minimally Invasive Surgery

All Interests: Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement, Lung Resection, Pacemaker, Minimally Invasive Surgery

Dr Blaine Richard Heric MD
Specializes in Cardiothoracic Surgery
Average rating 4.75 stars out of 5 (1 rating)
455 Pinellas Street; Suite 320
Clearwater, FL

Dr. Blaine Heric, who practices in Clearwater, FL and Saint Petersburg, FL, is a medical specialist in cardiothoracic surgery. Before performing his residency at Walter Reed Army Medical Center and Cleveland Clinic, Dr. Heric attended Weill Cornell Medical College for medical school. His areas of expertise include minimally invasive surgery, bypass surgery, and thyroid surgery. He accepts several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO. He is professionally affiliated with St. Anthony's Hospital, BayCare Physician Partners, and BayCare Medical Group.

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Relevant Interests: , Minimally Invasive Surgery

All Interests: Bypass Surgery, Atrial Fibrillation, Vascular Surgery Procedures, Lung Surgery, Thyroid Surgery, Lun ... (Read more)

John C Ofenloch MD
Specializes in Cardiothoracic Surgery
Average rating 4.0 stars out of 5 (1 rating)
455 Pinellas Street; Suite 320
Clearwater, FL

Dr. John Ofenloch is a specialist in cardiothoracic surgery. His areas of expertise include the following: bypass surgery, hyperhidrosis (excessive sweating), and transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR). Dr. Ofenloch honors Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, as well as other insurance carriers. He graduated from the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Chicago. For his professional training, Dr. Ofenloch completed a residency program at a hospital affiliated with Emory University. He is professionally affiliated with St. Anthony's Hospital, BayCare Physician Partners, and BayCare Medical Group.

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Relevant Interests: , Minimally Invasive Surgery, Robotic Surgery

All Interests: Bypass Surgery, Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement, Thoracic Surgery Procedures, Hyperhidrosis, ... (Read more)

Merrill Krolick MD
Specializes in General Practice, Adult Cardiology, Interventional Cardiology
Average rating 5.0 stars out of 5 (4 ratings)
6006 49th Street North; Suite 200
Saint Petersburg, FL

Dr. Merrill Krolick is a general practitioner, cardiologist, and interventional cardiologist in Largo, FL, Miramar, FL, and Saint Petersburg, FL. After attending New York College of Osteopathic Medicine for medical school, he completed his residency training at a hospital affiliated with the University of South Florida (USF). Clinical interests for Dr. Krolick include coronary angiogram, pericarditis, and ventricular tachycardia. Patient ratings for Dr. Krolick average 5.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Krolick takes Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, as well as other insurance carriers. In addition to English, Dr. Krolick (or staff) speaks Arabic, Spanish, and Vietnamese. He is affiliated with Memorial Hospital Miramar, Memorial Hospital Pembroke, and Memorial Hospital West.

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Relevant Interests: , Endovascular Stent Grafting

All Interests: Atrial Fibrillation, Mitral Stenosis, Cardiomyopathy, Aortic Stenosis, Enlarged Heart, Hypertension, ... (Read more)

William C Cottrell MD
Specializes in Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery, Sports Medicine
Average rating 3.4 stars out of 5 (5 ratings)
8839 Bryan Dairy Road; Suite 240
Largo, FL

Dr. William Cottrell specializes in orthopedics/orthopedic surgery and sports medicine and practices in Largo, FL and Clearwater, FL. He attended medical school at the University of Florida College of Medicine. For his professional training, Dr. Cottrell completed a residency program at a hospital affiliated with the University of South Alabama. Dr. Cottrell's areas of expertise include knee problems, arthroscopic surgery, and replacement arthroplasty (joint replacement). Patients gave Dr. Cottrell an average rating of 3.5 stars out of 5. He takes Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, in addition to other insurance carriers. He speaks Spanish. Dr. Cottrell is professionally affiliated with Bardmoor Surgery Center, BayCare Physician Partners, and Morton Plant Hospital. New patients are welcome to contact his office for an appointment.

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Relevant Interests: , Arthroscopic Surgery

All Interests: Sports Health, Auto Injuries, Shoulder Problems, Fractures, Knee Problems, Arthroscopic Surgery, Art ... (Read more)

2013 Procedure Details

Source: Medicare Provider Utilization and Payment Data

  • Volume: 39
  • Charge (avg.): $2,678 - $4,526
  • Negotiated Rate (avg.): $186 - $1,130
Ronald Walsh MD
Specializes in General Practice, Adult Cardiology, Interventional Cardiology, Nuclear Cardiology, Cardiac Electrophysiology, Obstetrics & Gynecology
Average rating 4.5 stars out of 5 (5 ratings)
6006 49th Street North; Suite 200
Saint Petersburg, FL

Dr. Ronald Walsh specializes in general practice, adult cardiology, and interventional cardiology and practices in Largo, FL and Saint Petersburg, FL. In addition to English, Dr. Walsh (or staff) speaks Arabic, Spanish, and Chinese. His areas of expertise include coronary angiogram, pericarditis, and ventricular tachycardia. He is affiliated with Largo Medical Center - Indian Rocks Road Campus, The Heart Institute (St. Petersburg and Largo, FL) at Northside Hospital Campus, and Morton Plant Hospital. Before completing his residency at a hospital affiliated with Midwestern University, Dr. Walsh attended medical school at Midwestern University, Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine. His average rating from his patients is 4.5 stars out of 5. He is in-network for Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, as well as other insurance carriers.

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Relevant Interests: , Endovascular Stent Grafting, Endovascular Surgery

All Interests: Atrial Fibrillation, Mitral Stenosis, Cardiomyopathy, Aortic Stenosis, Enlarged Heart, Nuclear Cardi ... (Read more)

2013 Procedure Details

Source: Medicare Provider Utilization and Payment Data

  • Volume: 22
  • Charge (avg.): $1,440
  • Negotiated Rate (avg.): $493
Dr Ragab
Specializes in Spine Surgery, Complementary and Alternative Medicine, Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery
Average rating 4.31 stars out of 5 (10 ratings)
1988 Gulf To Bay Boulevard
Clearwater, FL

Dr. Ashraf Ragab works as a spine surgeon, alternative medicine practitioner, and orthopedist. Before completing his residency at Mount Sinai Medical Center and a hospital affiliated with Case Western Reserve University, Dr. Ragab attended medical school at Alexandria University Faculty of Medicine. He has a special interest in back pain, minimally invasive spine surgery, and cervical (neck) spine problems. He has a 4.5 out of 5 star average patient rating. He is an in-network provider for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, and more. He is conversant in Arabic. Dr. Ragab is professionally affiliated with Largo Medical Center - Indian Rocks Road Campus, Bardmoor Surgery Center, and Mease Countryside Hospital. New patients are welcome to contact his office for an appointment.

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Relevant Interests: , Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery

All Interests: Spinal Procedures, Lower Back Problems, Cervical Spine Problems, Spine Problems, Spine Surgery Proce ... (Read more)

Hussein Mohamed MD
Specializes in General Practice, General Surgery, Transplant Hepatology, Transplant Surgery
Average rating 5.0 stars out of 5 (1 rating)
1301 2nd Avenue Sw; Suite 315
Largo, FL

Dr. Hussein Osman-Mohamed is a general practitioner, general surgeon, and transplant hepatologist. His areas of expertise include pancreas problems, hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC), and gallbladder removal surgery (cholecystectomy). He is in-network for Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. Dr. Osman-Mohamed attended medical school at Ain Shams University Faculty of Medicine. For his professional training, Dr. Osman-Mohamed completed a residency program at a hospital affiliated with Medical University of South Carolina. In addition to English, he speaks Arabic. Dr. Osman-Mohamed is professionally affiliated with Largo Medical Center - Indian Rocks Road Campus.

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Relevant Interests: , Laparoscopic Adrenalectomy, Laparoscopic Donor Nephrectomy

All Interests: Hepatectomy, Hepatocellular Carcinoma, Gallbladder Problems, Pancreas Problems, Gallbladder Removal ... (Read more)

Dr Gordon H Zuerndorfer MD
Specializes in Other, Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery
Average rating 4.47 stars out of 5 (66 ratings)
1831 N. Belcher Road; Suite G-1
Clearwater, FL

Dr. Gordon Zuerndorfer specializes in orthopedics/orthopedic surgery and practices in Clearwater, FL. On average, patients gave him a rating of 4.5 stars out of 5. His areas of expertise include the following: knee problems, sports health, and carpal tunnel syndrome. Dr. Zuerndorfer accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. After completing medical school at Boston University School of Medicine, he performed his residency at Brookdale University Hospital and Medical Center and Kingsbrook Jewish Medical Center. Dr. Zuerndorfer is affiliated with BayCare Alliant Hospital, Mease Countryside Hospital, and Mease Dunedin Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , Arthroscopic Surgery, Minimally Invasive Surgery, Shoulder Arthroscopy

All Interests: Sports Health, Auto Injuries, Foot Surgery, Wrist Problems, Elbow Problems, Shoulder Problems, Bone ... (Read more)

Richard T Herrick MD
Specializes in Hand Surgery, Foot & Ankle Surgery, Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery
Average rating 3.62 stars out of 5 (2 ratings)
4820 Park Boulevard N
Pinellas Park, FL

Dr. Richard Herrick practices hand surgery, foot & ankle surgery, and orthopedics/orthopedic surgery. Dr. Herrick (or staff) speaks the following languages: Spanish and German. His areas of expertise include foot problems, hand problems, and wrist problems. Dr. Herrick's hospital/clinic affiliations include St. Anthony's Hospital, Northside Hospital, and Bardmoor Surgery Center. Dr. Herrick studied medicine at West Virginia University School of Medicine and West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine. For his residency, Dr. Herrick trained at Ochsner Medical Center. He honors Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more.

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Clinical Interests: Wrist Problems, Elbow Problems, Ankle Problems, Foot Problems, Hand Problems

2013 Procedure Details

Source: Medicare Provider Utilization and Payment Data

  • Volume: 23
  • Charge (avg.): $2,153
  • Negotiated Rate (avg.): $487
Michael Robert Piazza MD
Specializes in Spine Surgery, Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery
Average rating 3.57 stars out of 5 (16 ratings)
1011 Jeffords Street; Suite C
Clearwater, FL

Dr. Michael Piazza, who practices in Clearwater, FL, is a medical specialist in spine surgery and orthopedics/orthopedic surgery. His areas of expertise include knee problems, scoliosis, and knee replacement. Dr. Piazza has a 3.5 out of 5 star average patient rating. He takes Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. He is a graduate of Penn State College of Medicine. His medical residency was performed at Jefferson University Hospitals. Dr. Piazza is affiliated with Largo Medical Center - Indian Rocks Road Campus, BayCare Physician Partners, and Morton Plant Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery

All Interests: Lumbar Laminectomy, Spinal Procedures, Scoliosis, Shoulder Problems, Fractures, Knee Problems, Cervi ... (Read more)

Dr Emanuel L Javate MD
Specializes in General Obstetrics & Gynecology
Average rating 2.71 stars out of 5 (7 ratings)
9677 Seminole Boulevard
Seminole, FL

Dr. Emanuel Javate is a physician who specializes in general obstetrics & gynecology. Dr. Javate is rated 4.5 stars out of 5 by his patients. His clinical interests include sexually transmitted diseases (STds), endometrial biopsy, and cryosurgery. He is in-network for Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, in addition to other insurance carriers. Before performing his residency at Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center - New Orleans, Dr. Javate attended Indiana University School of Medicine. He is conversant in Spanish. Dr. Javate is professionally affiliated with Carillon Surgery Center, BayCare Physician Partners, and St. Petersburg General Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , Minimally Invasive Surgery, Robotic Surgery, Minimally Invasive Gynecologic Surgery

All Interests: Cryosurgery, Hysteroscopy, Endometrial Biopsy, Estrogen Therapy, Laser Surgery, Gynecologic Surgery, ... (Read more)

Jesse Klein MD
Specializes in General Practice, Adult Cardiology, Interventional Cardiology
6006 49th Street North; Suite 200
Saint Petersburg, FL

Dr. Jesse Klein specializes in general practice, adult cardiology, and interventional cardiology. Dr. Klein's clinical interests include coronary angiogram, pericarditis, and syncope (fainting). Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Klein takes. After attending the University of Iowa, Carver College of Medicine and Des Moines University, College of Osteopathic Medicine for medical school, he completed his residency training at a hospital affiliated with the University of Minnesota. In addition to English, Dr. Klein (or staff) speaks Arabic, Spanish, and Chinese. He is affiliated with The Heart Institute (St. Petersburg and Largo, FL) Downtown Office, Largo Medical Center - Indian Rocks Road Campus, and The Heart Institute (St. Petersburg and Largo, FL) at Northside Hospital Campus.

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Relevant Interests: , Endovascular Stent Grafting

All Interests: Atrial Fibrillation, Mitral Stenosis, Cardiomyopathy, Aortic Stenosis, Enlarged Heart, Cardiac Stres ... (Read more)

Dr Richard George Pigeon PHD MD
Specializes in Spine Surgery, Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery
Average rating 3.6 stars out of 5 (15 ratings)
430 Morton Plant Street; Suite 301
Clearwater, FL

Dr. Richard Pigeon is a physician who specializes in spine surgery and orthopedics/orthopedic surgery. His areas of expertise include the following: back pain, lumbar laminectomy, and minimally invasive spine surgery. Patients gave him an average rating of 3.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Pigeon honors several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE. He is a graduate of Yale School of Medicine. Dr. Pigeon's residency was performed at a hospital affiliated with the University of Miami. His professional affiliations include BayCare Physician Partners and Morton Plant Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery

All Interests: Lumbar Laminectomy, Spinal Procedures, Lower Back Problems, Cervical Spine Problems, Neck Problems, ... (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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