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Dr. Allen L Milewicz, MD
Specializes in Pediatric General Surgery
6565 Fannin Street
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Allen Milewicz is a physician who specializes in pediatric general surgery. Clinical interests for Dr. Milewicz include bladder cancer, colon cancer, and renal (kidney) biopsy. Dr. Milewicz's average patient rating is 5.0 stars out of 5. He is an in-network provider for Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and more. Dr. Milewicz attended New York Medical College and New York University (NYU) School of Medicine and then went on to complete his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas. He has received the following distinction: Texas Super Doctors. He speaks Spanish. He is professionally affiliated with Cypress Fairbanks Medical Center Hospital, Texas Children's Hospital, and Houston Methodist. His practice is open to new patients.

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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. Uttam Tripathy, MD
Specializes in Cardiac Surgery, General Surgery, Vascular Surgery, Thoracic Surgery
6565 Fannin Street
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Uttam Tripathy practices cardiac surgery, general surgery, and vascular surgery in Sugar Land, TX and Houston, TX. He has a 3.5 out of 5 star average patient rating. These areas are among his clinical interests: arrhythmias (irregular heartbeats), video-assisted thoracoscopic surgery (VATS), and lung volume reduction surgery (LVRS). Dr. Tripathy is affiliated with Houston Methodist. He honors Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Tripathy has an open panel. He attended medical school at S.C.B. Medical College, Cuttack.

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

All Interests: Lung Biopsy, Lung Tumor Resection, Aneurysm, Surgical Procedures, Thoracic Surgery Procedures, ... (Read more)

Dr. Walter W OHara Jr., MD
Specializes in Cardiac Surgery, Thoracic Surgery
6565 Fannin Street
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Walter Ohara's areas of specialization are cardiac surgery and thoracic surgery; he sees patients in Houston, TX and Baytown, TX. Dr. Ohara's clinical interests include video-assisted thoracoscopic surgery (VATS) and lung tumor resection. His average patient rating is 5.0 stars out of 5. He takes Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and United Healthcare Choice, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Ohara's education and training includes medical school at Eastern Virginia Medical School and residency at a hospital affiliated with Mercer University. He is affiliated with Houston Methodist. He is accepting new patients.

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

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

Dr. Michael Joseph Reardon, MD
Specializes in Cardiac Surgery
6565 Fannin Street
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Michael Reardon is a cardiac surgery specialist. Dr. Reardon's patients gave him an average rating of 5.0 out of 5 stars. In his practice, he is particularly interested in heart valve disease and aorta surgery. He is professionally affiliated with Houston Methodist. Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and United Healthcare Choice are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Reardon accepts. Dr. Reardon is accepting new patients. He attended medical school at Baylor College of Medicine. His training includes a residency program at Texas Heart Institute. He has received the distinction of Texas Super Doctors.

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Clinical Interests: Aorta Surgery, Heart Tumor, Heart Valve Disease

2013 Procedure Details

Source: Medicare Provider Utilization and Payment Data

  • Volume: 11
  • Charge (avg.): $8,888
  • Negotiated Rate (avg.): $1,111
Dr. Mahesh K Ramchandani, MD
Specializes in Cardiac Surgery
6560 Fannin Street; Suite 1836
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Mahesh Ramchandani's specialty is cardiac surgery. His clinical interests include arrhythmias (irregular heartbeats), aortic aneurysm, and heart valve disease. His average rating from his patients is 4.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Ramchandani is an in-network provider for Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, United Healthcare Choice, and more. Dr. Ramchandani is a graduate of the University of Cambridge School of Clinical Medicine. His training includes a residency program at a hospital affiliated with Baylor College of Medicine. He has received the distinction of Texas Super Doctors. He is professionally affiliated with Houston Methodist. He is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , robotic surgery

All Interests: Surgical Procedures, Thoracic Surgery Procedures, Aortic Aneurysm, Heart Surgery, Arrhythmias, ... (Read more)

Dr. Bibars Kamal Mirza, MD
Specializes in General Surgery, Bariatric Surgery
6565 Fannin Street
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Brian Mirza's specialties are general surgery and bariatric surgery. His areas of expertise include panniculectomy (removal of excess skin), sleeve gastrectomy, and laparoscopic colectomy. Patients rated him highly, giving him an average of 5.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Mirza accepts Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Workers' Compensation, as well as other insurance carriers. He graduated from the University of Damascus Faculty of Medicine. Dr. Mirza trained at St. Elizabeth Medical Center, Youngstown for residency. He is affiliated with Houston Methodist. Dr. Mirza's practice is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , laparoscopic colectomy, laparoscopic small bowel resection, laparoscopic gallbladder removal, laparoscopic surgery, laparoscopic gastric banding

All Interests: Sleep Problems, Laparoscopic Gastric Banding, Sclerotherapy, Sleeve Gastrectomy, Laparoscopic ... (Read more)

Dr. Gerald Murray Lawrie, MD
Specializes in Cardiac Surgery
6560 Fannin Street; Suite 1842
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Gerald Lawrie's area of specialization is cardiac surgery. Dr. Lawrie is a graduate of The University of Sydney Medical School. His areas of expertise include lung volume reduction surgery (LVRS), mitral valve disease, and carotid endarterectomy. His patients gave him an average rating of 5.0 out of 5 stars. He honors Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and United Healthcare Choice, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Lawrie has received the distinction of Texas Super Doctors. He is professionally affiliated with Houston Methodist. Dr. Lawrie welcomes new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , laparoscopic surgery, robotic surgery

All Interests: Lung Biopsy, Valvuloplasty, Heart Problems, Aortic Aneurysm, Heart Surgery, Lung Surgery, Atrial ... (Read more)

Dr. Scott Alan Scheinin, MD
Specializes in Cardiac Surgery, Vascular Surgery, Thoracic Surgery
6560 Fannin Street; Suite 1750
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Scott Scheinin sees patients in Houston, TX. His medical specialties are cardiac surgery, vascular surgery, and thoracic surgery. His clinical interests include lung transplant, video-assisted thoracoscopic surgery (VATS), and mitral valve prolapse. He is rated 5.0 stars out of 5 by his patients. Dr. Scheinin is in-network for Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and United Healthcare Choice, in addition to other insurance carriers. He attended medical school at Baylor College of Medicine. Dr. Scheinin has received the following distinction: Texas Super Doctors. He is professionally affiliated with Houston Methodist. Dr. Scheinin is accepting new patients.

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

All Interests: Lung Biopsy, Lung Tumor Resection, Kidney Transplant, Thoracic Surgery Procedures, Heart ... (Read more)

Dr. Edward Y Chan, MD
Specializes in Thoracic Surgery
6565 Fannin Street
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Edward Chan's specialty is thoracic surgery. Dr. Chan's areas of expertise include the following: lung transplant, lung cancer, and lung volume reduction surgery (LVRS). He is professionally affiliated with Houston Methodist. He accepts several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and United Healthcare Choice. He is open to new patients. Before performing his residency at a hospital affiliated with Mount Sinai School of Medicine, Dr. Chan attended the University of Texas Medical Branch School of Medicine.

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Relevant Interests: , laparoscopic surgery, robotic surgery

All Interests: Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease, Lung Transplant, Interstitial Lung Disease, Laparoscopic ... (Read more)

Dr. Min Peter Kim, MD
Specializes in General Surgery, Thoracic Surgery
6565 Fannin Street
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Min Kim is a general surgeon and thoracic surgeon. Dr. Kim has a special interest in video-assisted thoracoscopic surgery (VATS), esophageal surgery, and lung tumor resection. He is professionally affiliated with Houston Methodist. He studied medicine at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. For his professional training, Dr. Kim completed a residency program at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center. His patients gave him an average rating of 5.0 out of 5 stars. Dr. Kim is an in-network provider for Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and United Healthcare Choice, as well as other insurance carriers. New patients are welcome to contact his office for an appointment.

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

All Interests: Lung Tumor Resection, Thoracic Surgery Procedures, Cancer, Esophageal Surgery, Laparoscopic ... (Read more)

Dr. Ross Michael Reul, MD
Specializes in Cardiac Surgery
6565 Fannin Street
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Ross Reul is a physician who specializes in cardiac surgery. He graduated from Baylor College of Medicine. His clinical interests include arrhythmias (irregular heartbeats), video-assisted thoracoscopic surgery (VATS), and mitral valve disease. Patients gave Dr. Reul an average rating of 5.0 stars out of 5. He takes Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and United Healthcare Choice, in addition to other insurance carriers. He has received the following distinction: Texas Super Doctors. Dr. Reul is professionally affiliated with Houston Methodist Hospital. Dr. Reul welcomes new patients.

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

All Interests: Lung Tumor Resection, Ischemic Cardiomyopathy, Surgical Procedures, Thoracic Surgery Procedures, ... (Read more)

Dr. Erik Eddie Suarez, MD
Specializes in Cardiac Surgery
6565 Fannin Street
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Erik Suarez is a specialist in cardiac surgery. These areas are among Dr. Suarez's clinical interests: lung transplant, video-assisted thoracoscopic surgery (VATS), and lung volume reduction surgery (LVRS). He accepts several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and United Healthcare Choice. He studied medicine at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School. He is professionally affiliated with Houston Methodist. He has an open panel.

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

All Interests: Lung Biopsy, Lung Tumor Resection, Heart Problems, Thoracic Surgery Procedures, Heart Transplant, ... (Read more)

Dr. Brian A Bruckner, MD
Specializes in Cardiac Surgery, General Surgery, Emergency Medicine, Thoracic Surgery
6565 Fannin Street
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Brian Bruckner is a cardiac surgeon, general surgeon, and thoracic surgeon. These areas are among his clinical interests: lung biopsy, lung transplant, and video-assisted thoracoscopic surgery (VATS). He is rated highly by his patients. Dr. Bruckner is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and United Healthcare Choice. He graduated from the University of Florida College of Medicine. He is professionally affiliated with Houston Methodist. Dr. Bruckner is open to new patients.

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

All Interests: Lung Biopsy, Lung Tumor Resection, Thoracic Surgery Procedures, Heart Transplant, Aortic Aneurysm, ... (Read more)

Alvin C. Goh, MD
Specializes in Oncology, Urology
6560 Fannin Street; Suite 2100
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Alvin Goh practices oncology (cancer care) and urology (urinary tract disease). His areas of expertise include bladder cancer, kidney stones, and laparoscopic surgery. Patient reviews placed Dr. Goh at an average of 4.5 stars out of 5. He takes Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, United Healthcare Choice, and more. Before performing his residency at a hospital affiliated with Baylor College of Medicine, Dr. Goh attended Northwestern University, Feinberg School of Medicine. His professional affiliations include Texas Children's Hospital and Houston Methodist. Dr. Goh is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , minimally invasive surgery, robotic partial nephrectomy, laparoscopic surgery, robotic surgery

All Interests: Kidney Stones, Kidney Cancer, Kidney Transplant, Urologic Disorders, Cancer, Adrenal Tumor, Kidney ... (Read more)

Dr. Rafael A Lugo, MD
Specializes in General Surgery
6565 Fannin Street
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Rafael Lugo is a medical specialist in general surgery. In addition to English, Dr. Lugo speaks Spanish. Clinical interests for Dr. Lugo include cancer surgery, colon cancer, and thyroid cancer. He is professionally affiliated with Houston Methodist. He graduated from Ponce School of Medicine. Patient reviews placed him at an average of 4.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Lugo is in-network for Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and United Healthcare Choice, as well as other insurance carriers. His practice is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , laparoscopic colectomy, laparoscopic small bowel resection, laparoscopic gallbladder removal, laparoscopic Nissen fundoplication, laparoscopic surgery, laparoscopic appendectomy

All Interests: Breast Biopsy, Laparoscopic Colectomy, Gallstones, Flexible Sigmoidoscopy, Laparoscopic Nissen ... (Read more)

Dr. Kathleen Kelly Gallagher, MD
Specializes in Otolaryngology
2002 Holcombe Boulevard
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Kathleen Gallagher works as an otolaryngologist in Houston, TX. Clinical interests for Dr. Gallagher include sinusitis (sinus infection), endoscopic sinus surgery, and pituitary disorders. Dr. Gallagher is in-network for Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, in addition to other insurance carriers. Before performing Dr. Gallagher's residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Michigan, Dr. Gallagher attended Baylor College of Medicine for medical school. Dr. Gallagher's professional affiliations include Texas Children's Hospital, Houston Methodist, and Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center - Main Facility. Dr. Gallagher welcomes new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , endoscopic sinus surgery, endoscopic skull base surgery

All Interests: Skin Cancer, Facial Problems, Endoscopic Sinus Surgery, Mohs Surgery, Sinusitis, Salivary Gland ... (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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