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Dr. Laurens Russell Pickard, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Surgery, General Surgery, Vascular Surgery, Thoracic Surgery
18300 St. John Drive
Nassau Bay, TX
 

Dr. Laurens Pickard, who practices in Houston, TX, Nassau Bay, TX, and Baytown, TX, is a medical specialist in pediatric surgery, general surgery, and vascular surgery. He graduated from the University of Texas Medical Branch School of Medicine. Clinical interests for Dr. Pickard include atrial septal defect, aortic aneurysm, and heart valve disease. Dr. Pickard is an in-network provider for Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and more. He is affiliated with Houston Methodist. Dr. Pickard is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , laparoscopic gallbladder removal

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

Dr. Anthony Stephen Melillo, MD
Specializes in Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery, Sports Medicine
1051 Pineloch Drive; Suite 100
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Anthony Melillo, who practices in Houston, TX, is a medical specialist in orthopedics/orthopedic surgery and sports medicine. Patients rated Dr. Melillo highly, giving him an average of 4.0 stars out of 5. His clinical interests include arthroscopic surgery, replacement arthroplasty (joint replacement), and pain. He is an in-network provider for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Melillo is a graduate of Medical College of Wisconsin and a graduate of Naval Medical Center San Diego's residency program. He has received the following distinctions: Armed Forces Health Professions Scholarship; Alpha Omega Alpha Medical Honor Society; and Merck Manual Award For Outstanding Academic. He is conversant in Spanish. He has an open panel.

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Relevant Interests: , arthroscopic surgery

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

Dr. Vinod Kumar Panchbhavi, MS, MD
Specializes in Foot & Ankle Surgery, Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery
2240 Gulf Freeway South
League City, TX
 

Dr. Vinod Panchbhavi is a specialist in foot & ankle surgery and orthopedics/orthopedic surgery. Dr. Panchbhavi has a special interest in foot problems and ankle problems. He is professionally affiliated with the University of Texas Medical Branch (UTMB Health). He is a graduate of Osmania Medical College. Dr. Panchbhavi has a 4.0 out of 5 star average patient rating. He is an in-network provider for Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and more. He has received the following distinction: Texas Super Doctors. He 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
 

Dr. Nikoletta Carayannopoulos' area of specialization is orthopedics/orthopedic surgery. Her training includes a residency program at a hospital affiliated with the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston. Dr. Carayannopoulos honors several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold. She has received the following distinction: Texas Rising Stars. Dr. Carayannopoulos (or staff) speaks the following languages: Spanish and Greek. She is affiliated with the University of Texas Medical Branch (UTMB Health). Her practice is open to new patients.

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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
2785 Gulf Freeway South
League City, TX
 

Dr. Eric Cole's area of specialization is pediatric plastic and reconstructive surgery. His average patient rating is 5.0 stars out of 5. These areas are among Dr. Cole's clinical interests: eyelid surgery, thigh lift, and general reconstruction. He honors Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, in addition to other insurance carriers. After completing medical school at Duke University School of Medicine, he performed his residency at Duke University Medical Center and a hospital affiliated with the University of North Carolina (UNC). He 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. Danielle Dewi Marshall, MD
Specializes in Urogynecology
18300 St. John Drive
Nassau Bay, TX
 

Dr. Danielle Antosh works as an urogynecologist in Houston, TX and Nassau Bay, TX. In Dr. Antosh's practice, she is particularly interested in incontinence, urinary tract infection (UTI), and robotic surgery. Her average patient rating is 5.0 stars out of 5. She is an in-network provider for Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, United Healthcare Choice, and more. She attended medical school at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, School of Medicine. Dr. Antosh's medical residency was performed at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). She has received professional recognition including the following: Texas Rising Stars. She is affiliated with Houston Methodist and Methodist Health System (North Texas). Dr. Antosh is accepting new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , robotic surgery, laparoscopically assisted vaginal hysterectomy (LAVH)

All Interests: Incontinence, Laparoscopically Assisted Vaginal Hysterectomy, Endoscopy, Bladder Suspension ... (Read more)

Dr. Terri Behrman Pustilnik, MD
Specializes in Gynecologic Oncology
18300 St. John Drive
Nassau Bay, TX
 

Dr. Terri Pustilnik is a gynecologic oncology specialist in Houston, TX, Nassau Bay, TX, and Sugar Land, TX. She is rated 3.5 stars out of 5 by her patients. Clinical interests for Dr. Pustilnik include pap test, pelvic surgery, and chemotherapy. Dr. Pustilnik is professionally affiliated with Cypress Fairbanks Medical Center Hospital, Memorial Hermann Southwest Hospital, and Memorial Hermann Sugar Land Hospital. Dr. Pustilnik is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold. She is open to new patients. She graduated from Temple University School of Medicine and Washington University in St. Louis School of Medicine.

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Relevant Interests: , laparoscopic surgery, robotic surgery, laparoscopically assisted vaginal hysterectomy (LAVH)

All Interests: Gynecologic Procedures, Hysteroscopy, Cervical Dysplasia, Laparoscopically Assisted Vaginal ... (Read more)

Dr. Edward Won Lee, MD
Specializes in Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery, Sports Medicine
18300 St. John Drive
Nassau Bay, TX
 

Dr. Edward Lee's areas of specialization are orthopedics/orthopedic surgery and sports medicine. His education and training includes medical school at George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences and residency at George Washington University Medical Center. His clinical interests include knee problems, replacement arthroplasty (joint replacement), and arthritis surgery. Patient reviews placed Dr. Lee at an average of 4.5 stars out of 5. He is an in-network provider for Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and United Healthcare Choice, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Lee is professionally affiliated with Houston Methodist. New patients are welcome to contact his office for an appointment.

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Relevant Interests: , arthroscopic surgery, knee arthroscopy, shoulder arthroscopy

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

Dr. Marcus Michael Aquino, MD
Specializes in General Surgery, Colon & Rectal Surgery
18300 St. John Drive
Nassau Bay, TX
 

Dr. Marcus Aquino specializes in general surgery and colon & rectal surgery. He is rated highly by his patients. Clinical interests for Dr. Aquino include warts, colon cancer, and crohn's disease. He accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, United Healthcare Choice, and more. He studied medicine at St. John's Medical College. His professional affiliations include Houston Methodist and Park Plaza Hospital. Dr. Aquino welcomes new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , laparoscopic colectomy, laparoscopic small bowel resection, laparoscopic surgery

All Interests: Warts, Appendicitis, Incontinence, Hydrocelectomy, Laparoscopic Colectomy, Fecal Incontinence, ... (Read more)

Dr. Craig Arthur Witz, MD
Specializes in Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility
251 Medical Center Boulevard; Suite 125
Webster, TX
 

Dr. Craig Witz practices reproductive endocrinology and infertility. He is a graduate of Baylor College of Medicine. He trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio for his residency. Areas of expertise for Dr. Witz include infertility, endometriosis, and operative hysteroscopy. He has a 4.5 out of 5 star average patient rating. He 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. Dr. Witz has received the following distinction: Texas Super Doctors. His professional affiliations include Memorial Hermann Sugar Land Hospital, Houston Methodist, and Tomball Regional Medical Center. He is accepting new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , operative hysteroscopy

All Interests: Gynecologic Procedures, Hysteroscopy, Endometriosis, Infertility, Operative Hysteroscopy

Dr. Linda G Phillips, MD
Specializes in Plastic Surgery
1804 West Farm - To - Market Road 646
Dickinson, TX
 

Dr. Linda Phillips specializes in plastic surgery and practices in Galveston, TX, League City, TX, and Dickinson, TX. Patients rated her highly, giving her an average of 5.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Phillips's clinical interests include eyelid surgery, thigh lift, and general reconstruction. She 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 completing her residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Chicago and a hospital affiliated with Northwestern University, Dr. Phillips attended medical school at the University of Chicago, Pritzker School of Medicine. Dr. Phillips has received professional recognition including the following: Texas Super Doctors. She is 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. Shaista A Husain, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Otolaryngology, Otology and Neurotology, Head & Neck Plastic Surgery
18300 St. John Drive
Nassau Bay, TX
 

Dr. Shaista Husain, who practices in Houston, TX and Nassau Bay, TX, is a medical specialist in pediatric otolaryngology (ear, nose & throat), otology and neurotology, and head & neck plastic surgery. Her areas of expertise include the following: sinusitis (sinus infection), endoscopic sinus surgery, and thyroid problems. Dr. Husain's patients gave her an average rating of 1.5 out of 5 stars. She accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Amerigroup Star, in addition to other insurance carriers. She is a graduate of Khyber Medical College. Her medical residency was performed at Long Beach Memorial Medical Center, California, Long Island College Hospital, and a hospital affiliated with the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey (UMDNJ). Dr. Husain's professional affiliations include Texas Children's Hospital, Houston Methodist, and Memorial Hermann - Texas Medical Center (TMC). Her practice is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , endoscopic sinus surgery

All Interests: Endoscopic Sinus Surgery, Sinusitis, Salivary Gland Surgery, Head and Neck Cancer, Thyroid ... (Read more)

Dr. Sahadat Kemi Nurudeen, MD
Specializes in Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility
251 Medical Center Boulevard; Suite 125
Webster, TX
 

Dr. Sahadat Nurudeen's area of specialization is reproductive endocrinology and infertility. She attended medical school at Texas A & M Health Science Center College of Medicine. Dr. Nurudeen's medical residency was performed at Georgetown University Hospital. Her areas of expertise include the following: high risk pregnancy, amenorrhea (missed periods), and dysfunctional uterine bleeding. The average patient rating for Dr. Nurudeen is 5.0 stars out of 5. She honors several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold. Her hospital/clinic affiliations include Memorial Hermann Sugar Land Hospital, Houston Methodist, and Tomball Regional Medical Center. New patients are welcome to contact her office for an appointment.

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Relevant Interests: , operative hysteroscopy

All Interests: Amenorrhea, Dysfunctional Uterine Bleeding, Hysteroscopy, High Risk Pregnancy, Endometriosis, ... (Read more)

Specializes in Spine Surgery, Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery
520 Blossom
Webster, TX
 

Dr. Joseph Allen specializes in spine surgery and orthopedics/orthopedic surgery. He accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, as well as other insurance carriers. After completing medical school at the University of Texas Medical School at Houston, Dr. Allen performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with Baylor College of Medicine. He is conversant in Spanish.

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2013 Procedure Details

Source: Medicare Provider Utilization and Payment Data

  • Volume: 24
  • Charge (avg.): $3,349
  • Negotiated Rate (avg.): $584
Dr. Patrick C McCulloch, MD
Specializes in Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery, Sports Medicine
18300 St. John Drive
Nassau Bay, TX
 

Dr. Patrick McCulloch's areas of specialization are orthopedics/orthopedic surgery and sports medicine. His areas of clinical interest consist of knee problems, arthroscopic surgery, and sports health. Patients rated Dr. McCulloch highly, giving him an average of 4.5 stars out of 5. He is an in-network provider for Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, United Healthcare Choice, and more. He is a graduate of the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF), School of Medicine. Dr. McCulloch's residency was performed at a hospital affiliated with Harvard University. His distinctions include: Texas Super Doctors and Texas Rising Stars. He is professionally affiliated with Houston Methodist. He welcomes new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , arthroscopic surgery

All Interests: Sports Health, Shoulder Problems, Fractures, Knee Problems, Arthroscopic Surgery

Dr. Tristi Wood Muir, MD
Specializes in Urogynecology
18300 St. John Drive
Nassau Bay, TX
 

Dr. Tristi Muir is an urogynecologist. Dr. Muir has received a 5.0 out of 5 star rating by her patients. Her areas of clinical interest consist of menopause, incontinence, and urinary tract infection (UTI). She is professionally affiliated with Houston Methodist. Dr. Muir honors several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and United Healthcare Choice. She is accepting new patients. After attending Mayo Medical School, she completed her residency training at Scott and White Healthcare.

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Relevant Interests: , operative hysteroscopy, laparoscopically assisted vaginal hysterectomy (LAVH)

All Interests: Incontinence, Hysteroscopy, Laparoscopically Assisted Vaginal Hysterectomy, Menopause, Operative ... (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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