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Dr. Kevin Lee Huguet, MD
Specializes in General Surgery, Bariatric Surgery
960 7th Avenue North; Bay Surgical Specialists
Saint Petersburg, FL
 

Dr. Kevin Huguet's specialties are general surgery and bariatric surgery. His average rating from his patients is 5.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Huguet's clinical interests include colon cancer, hemorrhoid banding, and whipple procedure. He is affiliated with St. Anthony's Hospital, Northside Hospital, and BayCare Physician Partners. Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Huguet honors. Dr. Huguet obtained his medical school training at the University of South Florida (USF) College of Medicine and performed his residency at Mayo Clinic. He speaks Spanish.

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Relevant Interests: , minimally invasive surgery, laparoscopic weight loss surgery, laparoscopic surgery, robotic surgery, laparoscopic gastric banding

All Interests: Whipple Procedure, Laparoscopic Gastric Banding, Breast Biopsy, Rectal Problems, Colectomy, Sleeve ... (Read more)

2013 Procedure Details

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  • Volume: 59
  • Charge (avg.): $1,700 - $2,558
  • Negotiated Rate (avg.): $513 - $1,422
Foster Bryan, MD
Specializes in Family Medicine, General Surgery, Thoracic Surgery
6006 49th Street North; Suite 310
Saint Petersburg, FL
 

Dr. Foster Bryan is a general surgery and thoracic surgery specialist. His patients gave him an average rating of 2.5 out of 5 stars. These areas are among his clinical interests: video-assisted thoracoscopic surgery (VATS), transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR), and heart valve disease. Dr. Bryan takes Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, in addition to other insurance carriers. He graduated from Emory University School of Medicine and then he performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with Emory University. His professional affiliations include St. Anthony's Hospital, Northside Hospital, and Largo Medical Center - Indian Rocks Road Campus.

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Relevant Interests: , video-assisted thoracoscopic surgery (VATS), minimally invasive cardiac surgery, robotic surgery, minimally invasive thoracic surgery

All Interests: Heart Bypass Surgery, Atrial Fibrillation, Stenosis, Aortic Stenosis, Transcatheter Aortic Valve ... (Read more)

Dr. Joshua David Rovin, MD
Specializes in General Surgery, Cardiothoracic Surgery
1201 5th Avenue North; Suite 402
Saint Petersburg, FL
 

Dr. Joshua Rovin is a general surgeon and cardiothoracic surgeon in Clearwater, FL and Saint Petersburg, FL. His areas of expertise consist of minimally invasive surgery, transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR), and pacemaker. Dr. Rovin takes several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO. He attended the University of Louisville School of Medicine and then went on to complete his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Virginia. His professional affiliations include 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, Abdominal Surgery, Lung Resection, Pacemaker, Minimally ... (Read more)

Michael Defrain, MD
Specializes in Cardiac Surgery, General Surgery, Vascular Surgery, Cardiology
6006 49th Street North; Suite 310
Saint Petersburg, FL
 

Dr. Michael Defrain is a specialist in cardiac surgery, general surgery, and vascular surgery. He works in Saint Petersburg, FL. He studied medicine at Wayne State University School of Medicine. His medical residency was performed at Texas Heart Institute and a hospital affiliated with Michigan State University (MSU). Dr. Defrain's areas of expertise include the following: video-assisted thoracoscopic surgery (VATS), transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR), and heart valve disease. He is in-network for Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. Dr. Defrain's professional affiliations include St. Anthony's Hospital, Northside Hospital, and Largo Medical Center - Indian Rocks Road Campus.

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Relevant Interests: , video-assisted thoracoscopic surgery (VATS), minimally invasive cardiac surgery, robotic surgery, minimally invasive thoracic surgery

All Interests: Heart Bypass Surgery, Atrial Fibrillation, Stenosis, Aortic Stenosis, Transcatheter Aortic Valve ... (Read more)

Specializes in General Surgery, Cardiology, Cardiothoracic Surgery
6006 49th Street North; Suite 200
Saint Petersburg, FL
 

Dr. Ignacio Duarte is a physician who specializes in general surgery and cardiothoracic surgery. Clinical interests for Dr. Duarte include video-assisted thoracoscopic surgery (VATS), transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR), and heart valve disease. He honors Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. He graduated from Columbia University, College of Physicians and Surgeons and then he performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with Emory University. In addition to English, he speaks Spanish. He is affiliated with Brandon Regional Hospital and The Heart Institute at Northside Hospital Campus.

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Relevant Interests: , video-assisted thoracoscopic surgery (VATS), minimally invasive cardiac surgery, robotic surgery, minimally invasive thoracic surgery

All Interests: Heart Bypass Surgery, Atrial Fibrillation, Stenosis, Aortic Stenosis, Transcatheter Aortic Valve ... (Read more)

Specializes in General Surgery, Cardiology, Cardiothoracic Surgery
6006 49th Street North; Suite 310
Saint Petersburg, FL
 

Dr. Bradley Bufkin is a general surgeon and cardiothoracic surgeon. Dr. Bufkin's areas of expertise include the following: video-assisted thoracoscopic surgery (VATS), transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR), and heart valve disease. He is professionally affiliated with Brandon Regional Hospital. Before performing his residency at a hospital affiliated with Emory University, Dr. Bufkin attended Baylor College of Medicine for medical school. Dr. Bufkin honors 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: , video-assisted thoracoscopic surgery (VATS), minimally invasive cardiac surgery, robotic surgery, minimally invasive thoracic surgery

All Interests: Heart Bypass Surgery, Atrial Fibrillation, Stenosis, Aortic Stenosis, Transcatheter Aortic Valve ... (Read more)

John Clarke, MD
Specializes in General Surgery, Vascular Surgery, Thoracic Surgery, Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery
1615 Pasadena Avenue S; Suite 330
Saint Petersburg, FL
 

Dr. John Clarke sees patients in Saint Petersburg, FL and South Pasadena, FL. His medical specialties are general surgery, vascular surgery, and thoracic surgery. Dr. Clarke's areas of expertise include the following: rectal cancer, colon cancer, and colectomy (colon resection). On average, patients gave him a rating of 5.0 stars out of 5. He is in-network for Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. He obtained his medical school training at the University of Virginia School of Medicine and performed his residency at Shands HealthCare. He has received the following distinction: Florida Super Doctors 2009 - Gulf Coast Edition. Dr. Clarke (or staff) is conversant in Spanish and French. His hospital/clinic affiliations include St. Petersburg General Hospital, Palms of Pasadena Hospital, and BayCare Health System.

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Clinical Interests: Lymphadenectomy, Colectomy, Colostomy, Partial Mastectomy, Lumpectomy, Hemorrhoid Surgery, Rectal ... (Read more)

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  • Volume: 28
  • Charge (avg.): $1,800 - $2,000
  • Negotiated Rate (avg.): $559 - $697
Dr. Blaine Richard Heric, MD
Specializes in Cardiothoracic Surgery
1201 5th Avenue North; Suite 402
Saint Petersburg, FL
 

Dr. Blaine Heric is a cardiothoracic surgeon. After completing medical school at Weill Cornell Medical College, he performed his residency at Walter Reed Army Medical Center and Cleveland Clinic. His areas of expertise include minimally invasive surgery, bypass surgery, and thyroid surgery. Dr. Heric is an in-network provider for Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. His professional affiliations include 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. Nicole M Chandler, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Surgery
601 5th Street S, Suite 306; Department 6580070404
St Petersburg, FL
 

Dr. Nicole Chandler's medical specialty is pediatric surgery. She is affiliated with All Children's Hospital. After completing medical school at the University of Massachusetts Medical School, she performed her residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Massachusetts. Dr. Chandler accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more.

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Relevant Interests: , minimally invasive surgery

All Interests: Cancer Surgery, Pectus Excavatum, Minimally Invasive Surgery

Dr. John C Ofenloch, MD
Specializes in Cardiothoracic Surgery
1201 5th Avenue North; Suite 402
Saint Petersburg, FL
 

Dr. John Ofenloch is a specialist in cardiothoracic surgery. He works in Clearwater, FL and Saint Petersburg, FL. His 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. These areas are among Dr. Ofenloch's clinical interests: bypass surgery, hyperhidrosis (excessive sweating), and transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR). He is an in-network provider for Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. His hospital/clinic affiliations include 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)

Dr. Jorge Antonio Rodriquez Jr., MD
Specializes in Hand Surgery, Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery
603 7th Street South; Suite 450
St. Petersburg, FL
 

Dr. Jorge Rodriguez practices hand surgery and orthopedics/orthopedic surgery. Dr. Rodriguez's clinical interests include arthroscopic surgery, heart problems, and knee ligament injury. His professional affiliations include St. Anthony's Hospital, Northside Hospital, and Largo Medical Center - Indian Rocks Road Campus. He honors Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, in addition to other insurance carriers. He is a graduate of Tulane University School of Medicine and a graduate of Atlanta Medical Center's residency program. Dr. Rodriguez (or staff) speaks the following languages: Spanish, Vietnamese, and Greek.

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Relevant Interests: , arthroscopic surgery

All Interests: Auto Injuries, Elbow Problems, Scoliosis, Shoulder Problems, Fractures, Lower Back Problems, Knee ... (Read more)

Dr. George Issa Jallo, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Neurosurgery
601 5th Street S; Department 7855, Suite 511
St. Petersburg, FL
 

Dr. George Jallo's specialty is pediatric neurosurgery. In addition to English, he speaks Aramaic. Dr. Jallo has a special interest in neurosurgery. He is professionally affiliated with MedStar Health, Johns Hopkins Hospital, and All Children's Hospital. He studied medicine at the University of Virginia School of Medicine. For his professional training, Dr. Jallo completed a residency program at NYU Langone Medical Center. Dr. Jallo's patients gave him an average rating of 3.5 out of 5 stars. He accepts several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze. Distinctions awarded to Dr. Jallo include: Washington, DC-Baltimore-Northern Virginia Super Doctors and Washington, DC/Baltimore/Northern Virginia Super Doctors. Dr. Jallo's practice is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , minimally invasive surgery

All Interests: Hydrocephalus, Spina Bifida, Epilepsy Surgery, Brain Cancer, Craniosynostosis, Brachial Plexus ... (Read more)

Dr. Clinton Bertrand Davis II, MD
Specializes in Spine Surgery, Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery
4600 4th Street North
Saint Petersburg, FL
 

Dr. Clinton Davis' specialties are spine surgery and orthopedics/orthopedic surgery. He practices in Saint Petersburg, FL. Dr. Davis's patients gave him an average rating of 3.0 out of 5 stars. His clinical interests include back pain, knee problems, and joint injections. 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. He studied medicine at Duke University School of Medicine. He trained at Duke University Medical Center for residency. Dr. Davis is affiliated with St. Anthony's Hospital and BayCare Physician Partners.

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Relevant Interests: , minimally invasive spine surgery

All Interests: Auto Injuries, Elbow Problems, Spinal Procedures, Shoulder Problems, Back Problems, Knee Problems, ... (Read more)

Dr. Drew Eugene Warnick, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery, Sports Medicine
625 6th Avenue S, Suite 450; Department 6500003010
St Petersburg, FL
 

Dr. Drew Warnick's specialties are pediatric orthopedics/orthopedic surgery and sports medicine. He practices in Sarasota, FL, Tampa, FL, and Saint Petersburg, FL. Areas of expertise for Dr. Warnick include knee problems, foot problems, and arthroscopic surgery. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Carillon Surgery Center, St. Joseph's Hospital - North, and All Children's Hospital. Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Warnick honors. New patients are welcome to contact his office for an appointment. After attending Northwestern University, Feinberg School of Medicine, Dr. Warnick completed his residency training at a hospital affiliated with Loyola University. In addition to English, he speaks Spanish.

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Relevant Interests: , arthroscopic surgery

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

Dr. Romeo Docena Acosta Jr., MD
Specializes in General Gynecology
6700 Crosswinds Drive N; Suite 200a
St Petersburg, FL
 

Dr. Romeo Acosta is a medical specialist in general gynecology. Before performing his residency at Flushing Hospital Medical Center, Dr. Acosta attended New York University (NYU) School of Medicine. His areas of expertise include the following: sexually transmitted diseases (STds), cancer, and fibroids. Patient ratings for Dr. Acosta average 3.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Acosta honors Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. In addition to English, he speaks Spanish. He is professionally affiliated with St. Anthony's Hospital, St. Petersburg General Hospital, and Physicians Surgery Center.

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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)

Dr. Richard Thomas Herrick, MD
Specializes in Hand Surgery, Foot & Ankle Surgery, Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery
4820 Park Boulevard N
Pinellas Park, FL
 

Dr. Richard Herrick's areas of specialization are hand surgery, foot & ankle surgery, and orthopedics/orthopedic surgery. His areas of clinical interest consist of foot problems, hand problems, and wrist problems. He is an in-network provider for Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. Dr. Herrick graduated from West Virginia University School of Medicine and West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine and then he performed his residency at Ochsner Medical Center. Dr. Herrick (or staff) speaks Spanish and German. His professional affiliations include St. Anthony's Hospital, Northside Hospital, and Bardmoor Surgery Center.

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Relevant Interests: , arthroscopic surgery

All Interests: Sports Health, Wrist Problems, Elbow Problems, Shoulder Problems, Fractures, Arthroscopic Surgery, ... (Read more)

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  • Volume: 23
  • Charge (avg.): $2,153
  • Negotiated Rate (avg.): $487

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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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