We found 355 providers matching minimally invasive surgery and who accept United Healthcare EPO near Houston, TX.

Dr. Kim Insua De La Cruz, MD
Specializes in Cardiac Surgery
6770 Bertner Avenue, C320a; Division of Cardiac Surgery, Baylor College of Medicine
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Kim De La Cruz specializes in cardiac surgery. Dr. De La Cruz is a graduate of the University of the Philippines College of Medicine. Clinical interests for Dr. De La Cruz include lung transplant, transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR), and heart bypass surgery (CABG). He is an in-network provider for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, as well as other insurance carriers. Awards and/or distinctions he has received include the University Scholar, University of the Philippines Diliman and College Scholar, University of the Philippines Diliman. In addition to English, Dr. De La Cruz (or staff) speaks Telephone Interpretation and Spanish. He is professionally affiliated with Texas Heart Institute (THI).

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Relevant Interests: , thoracic endovascular aortic repair (TEVAR), minimally invasive cardiac surgery, endovascular surgery

All Interests: Heart Bypass Surgery, Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm, Aortic Disease, Transcatheter Aortic Valve ... (Read more)

Dr. Joseph Stapleton Coselli, MD
Specializes in Cardiac Surgery, Vascular Surgery
6565 Fannin Street
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Joseph Coselli works as a heart surgeon and vascular surgeon. On average, patients gave him a rating of 4.5 stars out of 5. His areas of expertise include video-assisted thoracoscopic surgery (VATS), mitral valve prolapse, and thyroid problems. Dr. Coselli accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, as well as other insurance carriers. He graduated from the University of Texas Medical Branch School of Medicine. For his residency, Dr. Coselli trained at a hospital affiliated with Baylor College of Medicine. Dr. Coselli has received professional recognition including the following: Texas Super Doctors. He is professionally affiliated with Texas Children's Hospital, Houston Methodist, and Baylor Clinic. Dr. Coselli welcomes new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , video-assisted thoracoscopic surgery (VATS), laparoscopic gallbladder removal, endovascular aortic aneurysm repair

All Interests: Heart Bypass Surgery, Lung Biopsy, Vascular Surgery Procedures, Gallstones, Abdominal Aortic ... (Read more)

2013 Procedure Details

Source: Medicare Provider Utilization and Payment Data

  • Volume: 31
  • Charge (avg.): $4,603 - $8,539
  • Negotiated Rate (avg.): $920 - $1,411
Dr. Allen L Milewicz, MD
Specializes in Pediatric General Surgery
6565 Fannin Street
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Allen Milewicz is a pediatric general surgeon in Houston, TX. The average patient rating for Dr. Milewicz is 5.0 stars out of 5. His areas of expertise include bladder cancer, colon cancer, and renal (kidney) biopsy. He honors several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold. After completing medical school at New York Medical College and New York University (NYU) School of Medicine, he performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas. Dr. Milewicz has received professional recognition including the following: Texas Super Doctors. He is conversant in Spanish. He is affiliated with Cypress Fairbanks Medical Center Hospital, Texas Children's Hospital, and Houston Methodist. New patients are welcome to contact his office for an appointment.

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Relevant Interests: , laparoscopic gallbladder removal, laparoscopic surgery

All Interests: Bronchoscopy, Gallstones, Hepatobiliary Disorders, Colon Cancer, Liver Disease, Surgical ... (Read more)

Dr. David J Sugarbaker, MD
Specializes in Thoracic Surgery
Baylor College of Medicine; One Baylor Plaza
Houston, TX
 

Dr. David Sugarbaker's medical specialty is thoracic surgery. Before performing his residency at Toronto General Hospital and Peter Bent Brigham Hospital, Dr. Sugarbaker attended Weill Cornell Medical College for medical school. His areas of expertise consist of esophageal cancer, video-assisted thoracoscopic surgery (VATS), and lung volume reduction surgery (LVRS). On average, patients gave Dr. Sugarbaker a rating of 2.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Sugarbaker honors Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, as well as other insurance carriers. He has received the following distinctions: Boston Super Doctors; Texas Super Doctors; and Master Of Arts (honorary), Harvard Medical School. He offers interpreting services for his patients. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Baylor Clinic, Brigham and Women's Hospital (BWH), and New England Baptist Hospital (NEBH). Dr. Sugarbaker has an open panel.

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Relevant Interests: , video-assisted thoracoscopic surgery (VATS)

All Interests: Video-Assisted Thoracoscopic Surgery, Lung Volume Reduction Surgery, Thoracic Surgery Procedures, ... (Read more)

Dr. Andrea A Hayes-Jordan, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Surgery, General Surgery
6410 Fannin Street; Suite 950
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Andrea Hayes-Jordan works as a pediatric surgeon and general surgeon. In her practice, Dr. Hayes-Jordan focuses on cancer surgery, minimally invasive surgery, and soft tissue sarcoma. She honors Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Hayes-Jordan attended Dartmouth Medical School and subsequently trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, Davis for residency. Dr. Hayes-Jordan has received professional recognition including the following: Scholar, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and Dean's Teaching Excellence Award, The University of Texas Medical School at Houston. Her hospital/clinic affiliations include Memorial Hermann Southwest Hospital, Memorial Hermann Sugar Land Hospital, and Memorial Hermann The Woodlands Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , minimally invasive surgery

All Interests: Cancer Surgery, Soft Tissue Sarcoma, Minimally Invasive Surgery

Dr. Ourania A Preventza, MD
Specializes in Cardiac Surgery, Vascular Surgery
6620 Main Street
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Ourania Preventza specializes in cardiac surgery and vascular surgery and practices in Houston, TX. Her areas of clinical interest consist of aortic root replacement, heart bypass surgery (CABG), and abdominal aortic aneurysm (AAA). Dr. Preventza is affiliated with Baylor Clinic and Texas Heart Institute (THI). She takes Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Preventza studied medicine at the University of Athens Faculty of Medicine.

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Clinical Interests: Heart Bypass Surgery, Heart Valve Repair, Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm, Carotid Endarterectomy, Aortic ... (Read more)

2013 Procedure Details

Source: Medicare Provider Utilization and Payment Data

  • Volume: 12
  • Charge (avg.): $1,964
  • Negotiated Rate (avg.): $288
Dr. Miguel A Iii Gomez III, MD
Specializes in Cardiac Surgery, Vascular Surgery, Thoracic Surgery
6565 Fannin Street
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Miguel Gomez's specialties are cardiac surgery, vascular surgery, and thoracic surgery. He practices in Houston, TX. He graduated from Baylor College of Medicine. These areas are among his clinical interests: video-assisted thoracoscopic surgery (VATS), aortic aneurysm, and heart surgery. Dr. Gomez's patients gave him an average rating of 5.0 out of 5 stars. He is in-network for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, in addition to other insurance carriers. He has received the distinction of Texas Super Doctors. In addition to English, Dr. Gomez speaks Spanish. He is professionally affiliated with Houston Methodist. New patients are welcome to contact his office for an appointment.

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Relevant Interests: , video-assisted thoracoscopic surgery (VATS), robotic surgery

All Interests: Lung Tumor Resection, Video-Assisted Thoracoscopic Surgery, Collapsed Lung, Carotid Endarterectomy, ... (Read more)

Dr. Terry K Scarborough, MD
Specializes in General Surgery, Bariatric Surgery, Colon & Rectal Surgery
1200 Binz Street; 950
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Terry Scarborough specializes in general surgery, bariatric surgery, and colon & rectal surgery. Patients gave Dr. Scarborough an average rating of 4.5 stars out of 5. His areas of expertise include the following: sleeve gastrectomy, duodenal switch, and acid reflux (GERD). He is professionally affiliated with Memorial Hermann - Texas Medical Center (TMC) and Park Plaza Hospital. Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Scarborough honors. After attending the University of New Mexico School of Medicine and Baylor College of Medicine for medical school, he completed his residency training at a hospital affiliated with Baylor College of Medicine. Dr. Scarborough has received professional recognition including the following: Texas Super Doctors. Dr. Scarborough is conversant in Spanish.

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Relevant Interests: , laparoscopic duodenal switch, laparoscopic anti-reflux surgery, laparoscopic nephrectomy, laparoscopic gastric banding

All Interests: Laparoscopic Gastric Banding, Sclerotherapy, Sleeve Gastrectomy, Laparoscopic Anti-Reflux Surgery, ... (Read more)

Dr. Mary L Brandt, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Surgery, General Surgery
3023 Kirby Drive; Suite 201
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Mary Brandt is a pediatric surgeon and general surgeon. These areas are among her clinical interests: minimally invasive surgery, gastrostomy (G-tube insertion), and appendectomy. Dr. Brandt's professional affiliations include Texas Children's Hospital and Texas Medical Center (TMC). She studied medicine at Baylor College of Medicine. For her residency, Dr. Brandt trained at a hospital affiliated with Baylor College of Medicine. She is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold. She has received professional recognition including the following: Texas Super Doctors.

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Relevant Interests: , minimally invasive surgery

All Interests: Gastrostomy, Appendectomy, Fistula, Splenectomy, Esophagus Problems, Surgical Procedures, Weight ... (Read more)

Dr. Bryan Michael Burt, MD
Specializes in Thoracic Surgery
1 Baylor Plaza # Bcm390; Department of Surgery, Division of Thoracic Surgery
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Bryan Burt's area of specialization is thoracic surgery. Dr. Burt studied medicine at Weill Cornell Medical College. His areas of expertise include the following: thoracic outlet syndrome, esophageal cancer, and lung cancer. He is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze. Dr. Burt is affiliated with Baylor Clinic.

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Relevant Interests: , video-assisted thoracoscopic surgery (VATS)

All Interests: Thoracic Outlet Syndrome, Lobectomy, Tumor, Mediastinal Disease, Acid Reflux, Video-Assisted ... (Read more)

Dr. Sohail Rashmi Shah, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Surgery, General Surgery
6701 Fannin Street; 8th Floor
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Sohail Shah's medical specialty is pediatric surgery and general surgery. He obtained his medical school training at Texas A & M Health Science Center College of Medicine and performed his residency at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC) and a hospital affiliated with the University of Missouri-Kansas City (UMKC). His areas of expertise include the following: video-assisted thoracoscopic surgery (VATS), gastrointestinal surgery, and neonatal surgery. Dr. Shah takes Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and more. Dr. Shah is professionally affiliated with Texas Children's Hospital and Texas Medical Center (TMC).

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Relevant Interests: , video-assisted thoracoscopic surgery (VATS), laparoscopic surgery

All Interests: Ulcerative Colitis, Neonatal Surgery, Laparoscopic Surgery, Video-Assisted Thoracoscopic Surgery, ... (Read more)

Dr. Juliet Georgia Holder Haynes, MD
Specializes in General Surgery, Bariatric Surgery, Emergency Medicine
2101 Crawford Street; Suite 304
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Juliet Holder-Haynes works as a general surgeon and bariatric surgeon. Before performing her residency at a hospital affiliated with Texas A & M Health Science Center, Dr. Holder-Haynes attended Wake Forest University School of Medicine. Dr. Holder-Haynes's areas of clinical interest consist of gastric bypass surgery, sleeve gastrectomy, and nissen fundoplication. Patients rated her highly, giving her an average of 4.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Holder-Haynes accepts Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, as well as other insurance carriers. She is affiliated with Texas Children's Hospital, Baylor Clinic, and Park Plaza Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , laparoscopic gastric banding

All Interests: Laparoscopic Gastric Banding, Sleeve Gastrectomy, Nissen Fundoplication, Weight Management, Acid ... (Read more)

2013 Procedure Details

Source: Medicare Provider Utilization and Payment Data

  • Volume: 25
  • Charge (avg.): $1,705 - $6,746
  • Negotiated Rate (avg.): $175 - $1,226
Dr. Monica Esperanza Lopez, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Surgery, General Surgery
3023 Kirby Drive; Suite 201
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Monica Lopez practices pediatric surgery and general surgery in Houston, TX. Areas of expertise for Dr. Lopez include gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders), endocrine surgery, and laparoscopic surgery. Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Lopez accepts. After completing medical school at Yale School of Medicine, she performed her residency at a hospital affiliated with Baylor College of Medicine and a hospital affiliated with Albert Einstein College of Medicine. She is professionally affiliated with Texas Children's Hospital, Texas Medical Center (TMC), and St. Joseph Medical Center (Houston, TX).

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Relevant Interests: , laparoscopic surgery

All Interests: Endocrine Surgery, Laparoscopic Surgery, Gastrointestinal Problems, Surgical Procedures, Minimally ... (Read more)

Dr. Ara A Vaporciyan, MD
Specializes in Cardiothoracic Surgery
1515 Holcombe Boulevard
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Ara Vaporciyan is a physician who specializes in cardiothoracic surgery. He attended the University of Michigan Medical School and then went on to complete his residency at The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, Texas Heart Institute, and a hospital affiliated with the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston. Dr. Vaporciyan takes Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Choice, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, as well as other insurance carriers. Distinctions awarded to Dr. Vaporciyan include: Regents Outstanding Teaching Award, University of Texas; Best Doctors in America; and Best Doctors in America, Best Doctors. He is professionally affiliated with The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center.

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2013 Procedure Details

Source: Medicare Provider Utilization and Payment Data

  • Volume: 31
  • Charge (avg.): $1,665 - $10,146
  • Negotiated Rate (avg.): $217 - $1,448
Dr. Shawn Spencer Groth, MD
Specializes in Cardiothoracic Surgery
6620 Main Street; Baylor Clinic 1325
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Shawn Groth's area of specialization is cardiothoracic surgery. Dr. Groth attended medical school at the University of Minnesota Medical School. Areas of expertise for Dr. Groth include esophageal cancer, lung cancer, and malignant pleural mesothelioma. He takes Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, in addition to other insurance carriers. He has received the following distinction: Texas Rising Stars. Dr. Groth's hospital/clinic affiliations include Baylor Clinic and Baylor College of Medicine.

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Relevant Interests: , laparoscopic anti-reflux surgery, laparoscopic surgery, minimally invasive thoracic surgery

All Interests: Achalasia, Stenosis, Mediastinal Disease, Laparoscopic Anti-Reflux Surgery, Laparoscopic Surgery, ... (Read more)

Dr. Charles Samuel Cox Jr., MD
Specializes in Pediatric Surgery, General Surgery, Critical Care
6410 Fannin Street, Suite 950; Po Box 20708 Msb-5.236
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Charles Cox specializes in pediatric surgery, general surgery, and critical care (intensive care medicine). He studied medicine at the University of Texas Medical Branch School of Medicine. For his residency, Dr. Cox trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston and a hospital affiliated with the University of Michigan. He is in-network for Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Amerigroup Star, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and more. He has received the distinction of Texas Super Doctors. Dr. Cox is affiliated with Texas Children's Hospital, Memorial Hermann Southwest Hospital, and Memorial Hermann Sugar Land Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , minimally invasive surgery

All Interests: Hernia, Acid Reflux, Minimally Invasive Surgery, Colorectal Problems, Trauma

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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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