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Dr. Joshua David Rovin, MD
Specializes in General Surgery, Cardiothoracic Surgery
455 Pinellas Street; Suite 320
Clearwater, FL
 

Dr. Joshua Rovin's areas of specialization are general surgery and cardiothoracic surgery. Areas of expertise for Dr. Rovin include minimally invasive surgery, transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR), and pacemaker. He is affiliated with St. Anthony's Hospital, Northside Hospital, and Largo Medical Center - Indian Rocks Road Campus. Before performing his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Virginia, Dr. Rovin attended the University of Louisville School of Medicine. Dr. Rovin honors Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, in addition to other insurance carriers.

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Relevant Interests: , minimally invasive surgery

All Interests: Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement, Abdominal Surgery, Lung Resection, Pacemaker, Minimally ... (Read more)

Dr. Richard Shawn Gordon, MD
Specializes in General Surgery, Bariatric Surgery
1258 W Bay Drive; Suite E
Largo, FL
 

Dr. Richard Gordon is a specialist in general surgery and bariatric surgery. He works in Largo, FL, Dunedin, FL, and Safety Harbor, FL. Areas of expertise for Dr. Gordon include gastric bypass surgery, sleeve gastrectomy, and biopsy. He accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, as well as other insurance carriers. Before performing his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Ottawa, Dr. Gordon attended the University of Ottawa Faculty of Medicine for medical school. Dr. Gordon is 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 ... (Read more)

2013 Procedure Details

Source: Medicare Provider Utilization and Payment Data

  • Volume: 12
  • Charge (avg.): $2,092
  • Negotiated Rate (avg.): $697
Dr. Blaine Richard Heric, MD
Specializes in Cardiothoracic Surgery
455 Pinellas Street; Suite 320
Clearwater, FL
 

Dr. Blaine Heric is a physician who specializes 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. These areas are among his clinical interests: minimally invasive surgery, bypass surgery, and thyroid surgery. Dr. Heric is an in-network provider for 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, ... (Read more)

Dr. John C Ofenloch, MD
Specializes in Cardiothoracic Surgery
455 Pinellas Street; Suite 320
Clearwater, FL
 

Dr. John Ofenloch's area of specialization is cardiothoracic surgery. Areas of expertise for Dr. Ofenloch include bypass surgery, hyperhidrosis (excessive sweating), and transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR). He is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO. Dr. Ofenloch's education and training includes medical school at the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Chicago and residency 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 Adult Cardiology, Interventional Cardiology
1345 West Bay Drive; Suite 101
Largo, FL
 

Dr. Merrill Krolick's specialties are adult cardiology and interventional cardiology. Areas of expertise for Dr. Krolick include coronary angiogram, pericarditis, and ventricular tachycardia. Dr. Krolick is rated 5.0 stars out of 5 by his patients. He is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO. Dr. Krolick attended medical school at New York College of Osteopathic Medicine. He trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of South Florida (USF) for his residency. In addition to English, Dr. Krolick (or staff) speaks Arabic, Spanish, and Vietnamese. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Memorial Hospital Miramar, Memorial Hospital Pembroke, and Memorial Hospital West.

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Relevant Interests: , endovascular stent grafting

All Interests: Chest CT Scan, Atrial Fibrillation, Mitral Stenosis, Cardiomyopathy, Aortic Stenosis, Enlarged ... (Read more)

Dr. William Charles Cottrell, MD
Specializes in Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery, Sports Medicine
8839 Bryan Dairy Road; Suite 240
Largo, FL
 

Dr. William Cottrell practices orthopedics/orthopedic surgery and sports medicine in Clearwater, FL and Largo, FL. Dr. Cottrell has received a 3.5 out of 5 star rating by his patients. His areas of expertise include the following: knee problems, arthroscopic surgery, and replacement arthroplasty (joint replacement). He accepts several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO. Before performing his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of South Alabama, Dr. Cottrell attended the University of Florida College of Medicine for medical school. Dr. Cottrell speaks Spanish. His hospital/clinic affiliations include BayCare Physician Partners, Bardmoor Surgery Center, and Morton Plant Hospital. Dr. Cottrell is accepting new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , arthroscopic surgery

All Interests: Sports Health, Auto Injuries, Wrist Problems, Elbow Problems, Shoulder Problems, Fractures, Knee ... (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
Dr. George Alan Morris III, MD
Specializes in Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery, Sports Medicine
1011 Jeffords Street; Suite C
Clearwater, FL
 

Dr. George Morris' specialties are orthopedics/orthopedic surgery and sports medicine. He practices in Clearwater, FL. He graduated from the University of Tennessee Health Science Center College of Medicine and then he performed his residency at Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center. His areas of expertise include back pain, knee problems, and foot problems. Patient reviews placed Dr. Morris at an average of 2.5 stars out of 5. He accepts several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Largo Medical Center - Indian Rocks Road Campus, BayCare Physician Partners, and Morton Plant Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , arthroscopic surgery

All Interests: Sports Health, Auto Injuries, Wrist Problems, Elbow Problems, Shoulder Problems, Fractures, Lower ... (Read more)

Ronald Walsh, MD
Specializes in Adult Cardiology, Interventional Cardiology, Nuclear Cardiology, Cardiac Electrophysiology, Obstetrics & Gynecology
1345 West Bay Drive; Suite 101
Largo, FL
 

Dr. Ronald Walsh works as an adult cardiologist, interventional cardiologist, and cardiac electrophysiologist. Dr. Walsh's clinical interests include coronary angiogram, pericarditis, and ventricular tachycardia. Patient reviews placed him at an average of 4.5 stars out of 5. He accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, in addition to other insurance carriers. After attending Midwestern University, Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine for medical school, he completed his residency training at a hospital affiliated with Midwestern University. Dr. Walsh (or staff) speaks the following foreign languages: Arabic, Spanish, and Chinese. He is affiliated with Largo Medical Center - Indian Rocks Road Campus, The Heart Institute at Northside Hospital Campus, and Morton Plant Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , endovascular stent grafting, endovascular surgery

All Interests: Chest CT Scan, Atrial Fibrillation, Mitral Stenosis, Cardiomyopathy, Aortic Stenosis, Enlarged ... (Read more)

2013 Procedure Details

Source: Medicare Provider Utilization and Payment Data

  • Volume: 22
  • Charge (avg.): $1,440
  • Negotiated Rate (avg.): $493
Hussein Mohamed, MD
Specializes in General Surgery, Transplant Hepatology, Transplant Surgery
1301 2nd Avenue Sw; Suite 315
Largo, FL
 

Dr. Hussein Osman-Mohamed's areas of specialization are general surgery, transplant hepatology (liver transplant medicine), and transplant surgery; he sees patients in Largo, FL. After attending Ain Shams University Faculty of Medicine for medical school, Dr. Osman-Mohamed completed his residency training at a hospital affiliated with Medical University of South Carolina. Clinical interests for Dr. Osman-Mohamed include pancreas problems, hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC), and gallbladder removal surgery (cholecystectomy). He is an in-network provider for Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Osman-Mohamed is conversant in Arabic. He 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, Bile Duct Problems, Hepatobiliary Disorders, Gallbladder ... (Read more)

Dr. Gordon H Zuerndorfer, MD
Specializes in Other, Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery
1831 N Belcher Road; Suite G-1
Clearwater, FL
 

Dr. Gordon Zuerndorfer works as an orthopedist. Before performing his residency at Brookdale University Hospital and Medical Center and Kingsbrook Jewish Medical Center, Dr. Zuerndorfer attended Boston University School of Medicine. Areas of expertise for Dr. Zuerndorfer include knee problems, carpal tunnel syndrome, and laser surgery. His average rating from his patients is 4.5 stars out of 5. He accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Zuerndorfer is professionally affiliated with BayCare Alliant Hospital, Mease Countryside Hospital, and Mease Dunedin Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , minimally invasive surgery, shoulder arthroscopy

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

Dr. Michael Robert Piazza, MD
Specializes in Spine Surgery, Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery
1011 Jeffords Street; Suite C
Clearwater, FL
 

Dr. Michael Piazza works as a spine surgeon and orthopedist. His clinical interests include knee problems, scoliosis, and knee replacement. The average patient rating for Dr. Piazza is 3.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Piazza 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. Before performing his residency at Jefferson University Hospitals, Dr. Piazza attended Penn State College of Medicine for medical school. Dr. Piazza's professional affiliations include 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, Back Problems, ... (Read more)

Dr. David Richmond Whiddon, MD
Specializes in Adult Orthopedic Reconstructive Surgery
430 Morton Plant Street; Suite 301
Clearwater, FL
 

Dr. David Whiddon works as an orthopedic reconstructive surgeon in Clearwater, FL, Trinity, FL, and Safety Harbor, FL. Dr. Whiddon's clinical interests include knee problems, arthroscopic surgery, and replacement arthroplasty (joint replacement). He is professionally affiliated with BayCare Physician Partners, BayCare Surgery Center (Trinity), and Mease Countryside Hospital. Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Whiddon accepts. Dr. Whiddon is a graduate of Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) School of Medicine and the University of Virginia School of Medicine and a graduate of Naval Medical Center Portsmouth's residency program.

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Relevant Interests: , arthroscopic surgery

All Interests: Sports Health, Knee Problems, Arthroscopic Surgery, Musculoskeletal Problems, Arthritis, Hip ... (Read more)

Dr. Romeo Docena Acosta Jr., MD
Specializes in General Gynecology
9677 Seminole Boulevard
Seminole, FL
 

Dr. Romeo Acosta works as a general gynecologist in Saint Petersburg, FL, Seminole, FL, and Clearwater, FL. His average patient rating is 3.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Acosta's areas of expertise include sexually transmitted diseases (STds), cancer, and fibroids. His hospital/clinic affiliations include St. Anthony's Hospital, St. Petersburg General Hospital, and Physicians Surgery Center. Dr. Acosta takes several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO. Before performing his residency at Flushing Hospital Medical Center, Dr. Acosta attended New York University (NYU) School of Medicine. He speaks Spanish.

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Relevant Interests: , robotic surgery, minimally invasive gynecologic surgery

All Interests: Cryosurgery, Birth Control Implant, Hysteroscopy, Contraception, Endometrial Biopsy, Estrogen ... (Read more)

Jesse Klein, MD
Specializes in Adult Cardiology, Interventional Cardiology
1345 West Bay Drive; Suite 101
Largo, FL
 

Dr. Jesse Klein's specialties are adult cardiology and interventional cardiology. He attended medical school at the University of Iowa, Carver College of Medicine and Des Moines University, College of Osteopathic Medicine. He trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of Minnesota for residency. Dr. Klein's clinical interests include coronary angiogram, pericarditis, and syncope (fainting). He honors Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, in addition to other insurance carriers. In addition to English, Dr. Klein (or staff) speaks Arabic, Spanish, and Chinese. Dr. Klein's professional affiliations include Largo Medical Center - Indian Rocks Road Campus, The Heart Institute at Northside Hospital Campus, and Morton Plant Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , endovascular stent grafting

All Interests: Chest CT Scan, Atrial Fibrillation, Mitral Stenosis, Cardiomyopathy, Aortic Stenosis, Enlarged ... (Read more)

Dr. Richard George Pigeon, PhD, MD
Specializes in Spine Surgery, Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery
430 Morton Plant Street; Suite 301
Clearwater, FL
 

Dr. Richard Pigeon specializes in spine surgery and orthopedics/orthopedic surgery and practices in Clearwater, FL and Trinity, FL. Dr. Pigeon attended Yale School of Medicine and subsequently trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of Miami for residency. Areas of expertise for Dr. Pigeon include back pain, lumbar laminectomy, and minimally invasive spine surgery. His average rating from his patients is 3.5 stars out of 5. He is an in-network provider for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Pigeon's hospital/clinic 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, ... (Read more)

Dr. Robert John Kowalski Jr., MD
Specializes in Spine Surgery, Neurosurgery
2250 Drew Street
Clearwater, FL
 

Dr. Robert Kowalski's specialties are spine surgery and neurosurgery. He is a graduate of the University of South Florida (USF) College of Medicine and a graduate of Cleveland Clinic's residency program. Areas of expertise for Dr. Kowalski include laminectomy, discectomy (disc removal surgery), and kyphoplasty (vertebral augmentation). He accepts several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO. He is conversant in Spanish. His professional affiliations include Northside Hospital and Largo Medical Center - Indian Rocks Road Campus.

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Relevant Interests: , kyphoplasty (vertebral augmentation)

All Interests: Kyphoplasty, Artificial Disc Replacement, Herniated Disc, Laminectomy, Discectomy, Degenerative ... (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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