We found 8 providers matching minimally invasive surgery and who accept Blue Advantage Plus near Galveston, TX.

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Dr. Ikenna Chidume Okereke, MD
Specializes in Thoracic Surgery
1005 Harborside Drive
Galveston, TX
 

Dr. Ikenna Okereke is a medical specialist in thoracic surgery. Patient reviews placed him at an average of 5.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Okereke accepts several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold. He attended Washington University in St. Louis School of Medicine and subsequently trained at Cleveland Clinic for residency. He has received the following distinction: Texas Super Doctors. Dr. Okereke is professionally affiliated with the University of Texas Medical Branch (UTMB Health) and Providence VA Medical Center.

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2013 Procedure Details

Source: Medicare Provider Utilization and Payment Data

  • Volume: 32
  • Charge (avg.): $712 - $4,659
  • Negotiated Rate (avg.): $229 - $1,506
Dr. Vinod Kumar Panchbhavi, MS, MD
Specializes in Foot & Ankle Surgery, Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery
301 University Boulevard; Department of Ortho Surg & Rehab
Galveston, TX
 

Dr. Vinod Panchbhavi's specialties are foot & ankle surgery and orthopedics/orthopedic surgery. Dr. Panchbhavi's average patient rating is 4.0 stars out of 5. Clinical interests for Dr. Panchbhavi include foot problems and ankle problems. He accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Panchbhavi graduated from Osmania Medical College. He has received the distinction of Texas Super Doctors. He is professionally affiliated with the University of Texas Medical Branch (UTMB Health). Dr. Panchbhavi is accepting new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , arthroscopic surgery

All Interests: Sports Health, Fractures, Arthroscopic Surgery, Ankle Problems, Arthritis, Foot Problems, Pain, ... (Read more)

Dr. Nikoletta Leontaritis Carayannopoulos, DO
Specializes in Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery
301 University Boulevard; Route 0164
Galveston, TX
 

Dr. Nikoletta Carayannopoulos, who practices in Galveston, TX and Stafford, TX, is a medical specialist in orthopedics/orthopedic surgery. She is professionally affiliated with the University of Texas Medical Branch (UTMB Health). Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Carayannopoulos accepts. New patients are welcome to contact Dr. Carayannopoulos's office for an appointment. Dr. Carayannopoulos's medical residency was performed at a hospital affiliated with the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston. She has received the following distinction: Texas Rising Stars. Dr. Carayannopoulos (or staff) speaks the following foreign languages: Spanish and Greek.

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Relevant Interests: , arthroscopic surgery

All Interests: Sports Health, Fractures, Arthroscopic Surgery, Arthritis, Replacement Arthroplasty, Trauma

Dr. Eric L Cole, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery
301 University Boulevard
Galveston, TX
 

Dr. Eric Cole's area of specialization is pediatric plastic and reconstructive surgery. Before performing his residency at Duke University Medical Center and a hospital affiliated with the University of North Carolina (UNC), Dr. Cole attended Duke University School of Medicine. Clinical interests for Dr. Cole include eyelid surgery, thigh lift (thighplasty), and general reconstruction. Patient ratings for Dr. Cole average 5.0 stars out of 5. He takes several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold. Dr. Cole is professionally affiliated with the University of Texas Medical Branch (UTMB Health).

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Relevant Interests: , endoscopic surgery

All Interests: Breast Augmentation, Endoscopic Surgery, Injectable Fillers, Cosmetic Surgery, Breast Implant ... (Read more)

Dr. Linda G Phillips, MD
Specializes in Plastic Surgery
1005 Harborside Drive
Galveston, TX
 

Dr. Linda Phillips, who practices in Galveston, TX, League City, TX, and Dickinson, TX, is a medical specialist in plastic surgery. Patient ratings for Dr. Phillips average 5.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Phillips's areas of expertise include eyelid surgery, thigh lift (thighplasty), and general reconstruction. She honors Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, as well as other insurance carriers. She attended medical school at the University of Chicago, Pritzker School of Medicine. Dr. Phillips completed her residency training at a hospital affiliated with the University of Chicago and a hospital affiliated with Northwestern University. She has received the distinction of Texas Super Doctors. Dr. Phillips is professionally affiliated with the University of Texas Medical Branch (UTMB Health).

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Relevant Interests: , endoscopic surgery

All Interests: Breast Augmentation, Endoscopic Surgery, Cosmetic Surgery, Breast Lift, Burn Reconstruction, ... (Read more)

Dr. Farrah N Siddiqui, MD
Specializes in Other, Otolaryngology
301 University Boulevard
Galveston, TX
 

Dr. Farrah Siddiqui is an otolaryngology (ear, nose, and throat) specialist. She is affiliated with the University of Texas Medical Branch (UTMB Health). Before performing her residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences, Dr. Siddiqui attended Aga Khan University Medical College for medical school. Patients gave Dr. Siddiqui an average rating of 5.0 stars out of 5. She accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and more.

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2013 Procedure Details

Source: Medicare Provider Utilization and Payment Data

  • Volume: 11
  • Charge (avg.): $1,393
  • Negotiated Rate (avg.): $233
Dr. Eduardo Orihuela, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Urology
1005 Harborside Drive
Galveston, TX
 

Dr. Eduardo Orihuela is a specialist in pediatric urology. He works in Texas City, TX, Galveston, TX, and League City, TX. Patient reviews placed him at an average of 5.0 stars out of 5. He takes Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, as well as other insurance carriers. After attending Cayetano Heredia University for medical school, Dr. Orihuela completed his residency training at Union Memorial Hospital and the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC). Dr. Orihuela is professionally affiliated with the University of Texas Medical Branch (UTMB Health).

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2013 Procedure Details

Source: Medicare Provider Utilization and Payment Data

  • Volume: 13
  • Charge (avg.): $2,120
  • Negotiated Rate (avg.): $834

Specializes in Plastic Surgery
301 University Boulevard
Galveston, TX
 

Dr. Steven Blackwell specializes in plastic surgery and practices in Galveston, TX and Houston, TX. These areas are among Dr. Blackwell's clinical interests: eyelid surgery, thigh lift (thighplasty), and general reconstruction. He takes Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. He graduated from Tulane University School of Medicine. Dr. Blackwell's training includes residency programs at the University Hospital, Cincinnati and a hospital affiliated with the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston.

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Relevant Interests: , endoscopic surgery

All Interests: Dermabrasion, Breast Augmentation, Endoscopic Surgery, Injectable Fillers, Cosmetic Surgery, Breast ... (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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