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Dr. Kulvinder Singh Bajwa, MD
Specializes in General Surgery, Bariatric Surgery
17510 W Grand Parkway S; Suite 190
Sugar Land, TX
 

Dr. Kulvinder Bajwa works as a general surgeon and bariatric surgeon in Bellaire, TX and Sugar Land, TX. After attending the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, School of Medicine, Dr. Bajwa completed his residency training at a hospital affiliated with Temple University. Areas of particular interest for Dr. Bajwa include weight management. Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Amerigroup Star, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Bajwa takes. His professional affiliations include Memorial Hermann Southeast Hospital, Memorial Hermann Sugar Land Hospital, and Memorial Hermann - Texas Medical Center (TMC).

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Relevant Interests: , laparoscopic gastric bypass surgery, robotic surgery, laparoscopic gastric banding

All Interests: Laparoscopic Gastric Banding, Sleeve Gastrectomy, Hernia, Laparoscopic Gastric Bypass Surgery, ... (Read more)

Dr. Stuart A Harlin, MD
Specializes in Legal Medicine, Vascular Surgery, Cardiothoracic Surgery
17510 W. Grand Parkway South; Suite 320
Sugar Land, TX
 

Dr. Stuart Harlin's medical specialty is legal medicine, vascular surgery, and cardiothoracic surgery. His education and training includes medical school at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School and residency at Keesler Air Force Base Medical Center and Kessler Institute for Rehabilitation. Dr. Harlin has a 4.0 out of 5 star average patient rating. He is in-network for Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, as well as other insurance carriers. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Memorial Hermann Greater Heights Hospital, Memorial Hermann Sugar Land Hospital, and Memorial Hermann - Texas Medical Center (TMC).

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2013 Procedure Details

Source: Medicare Provider Utilization and Payment Data

  • Volume: 11
  • Charge (avg.): $2,799
  • Negotiated Rate (avg.): $1,282
Dr. Matthew William Wasserman, MD
Specializes in Spine Surgery, Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery
1517 Thompson Road
Richmond, TX
 

Dr. Matthew Wasserman practices spine surgery and orthopedics/orthopedic surgery in Katy, TX and Richmond, TX. Patient reviews placed Dr. Wasserman at an average of 4.0 stars out of 5. He takes Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Amerigroup Star, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, in addition to other insurance carriers. His education and training includes medical school at Baylor College of Medicine and residency at a hospital affiliated with Baylor College of Medicine. Dr. Wasserman speaks Spanish. He is professionally affiliated with Memorial Hermann Sugar Land Hospital, the University of Texas (UT) Physicians, and Memorial Hermann Katy Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , arthroscopic surgery, kyphoplasty (vertebral augmentation)

All Interests: Kyphoplasty, Sports Health, Fractures, Lower Back Problems, Knee Problems, Arthroscopic Surgery, ... (Read more)

Dr. Nina Holtzapple Dereska, MD
Specializes in Urogynecology
17510 W Grand Parkway S; Suite 509
Sugar Land, TX
 

Dr. Nina Dereska practices urogynecology. Her areas of expertise include menopause, pelvic surgery, and female urologic disorders. Dr. Dereska is professionally affiliated with Memorial Hermann Southeast Hospital, Memorial Hermann Sugar Land Hospital, and Houston Methodist Sugar Land Hospital. She accepts several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Amerigroup Star. She has an open panel. She graduated from the University of Florida College of Medicine. Dr. Dereska's training includes a residency program at a hospital affiliated with Medical College of Georgia. Dr. Dereska (or staff) speaks the following languages: Telephone Interpretation and Spanish.

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

All Interests: Female Urologic Disorders, Laparoscopically Assisted Vaginal Hysterectomy, Gynecologic Surgery, ... (Read more)

Dr. Vishal Michael Shah, MD
Specializes in Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery
1517 Thompson Road; #1100
Richmond, TX
 

Dr. Vishal Shah is a specialist in orthopedics/orthopedic surgery. Dr. Shah graduated from the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School. He trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston for residency. Areas of expertise for Dr. Shah include knee problems, arthroscopic surgery, and replacement arthroplasty (joint replacement). On average, patients gave him a rating of 5.0 stars out of 5. Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Amerigroup Star, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Shah takes. Dr. Shah's hospital/clinic affiliations include Memorial Hermann Sugar Land Hospital and the University of Texas (UT) Physicians.

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Relevant Interests: , arthroscopic surgery

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

Dr. Steven Edward Flores, MD
Specializes in Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery, Sports Medicine
17520 West Grand Parkway South; Suite 200
Sugar Land, TX
 

Dr. Steven Flores practices orthopedics/orthopedic surgery and sports medicine. His professional affiliations include Memorial Hermann Sugar Land Hospital, the University of Texas (UT) Physicians, and Children's Memorial Hermann Hospital. Dr. Flores is a graduate of Baylor College of Medicine. His residency was performed at a hospital affiliated with Northwestern University. On average, patients gave him a rating of 3.5 stars out of 5. Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Amerigroup Star, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Flores accepts. New patients are welcome to contact his office for an appointment.

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Relevant Interests: , vertebroplasty, arthroscopic surgery, kyphoplasty (vertebral augmentation), minimally invasive knee replacement, robotic surgery, knee arthroscopy

All Interests: Total Elbow Replacement, Heel Surgery, Kyphoplasty, Sports Health, Hand Fracture, Bone Spurs, Spine ... (Read more)

Specializes in Foot & Ankle Surgery, General Podiatry
17510 West Grand Parkway South; Suite 530
Sugar Land, TX
 

Dr. Marco Vargas practices foot & ankle surgery and general podiatry. His average rating from his patients is 3.5 stars out of 5. Areas of expertise for Dr. Vargas include warts, arthroscopic surgery, and hammer toe. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Memorial Hermann Southwest Hospital, Memorial Hermann Sugar Land Hospital, and Houston Methodist. He accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Amerigroup Star, in addition to other insurance carriers. His practice is open to new patients. In addition to English, Dr. Vargas speaks Spanish.

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Relevant Interests: , arthroscopic surgery

All Interests: Warts, Bone Spurs, Fractures, Arthroscopic Surgery, Ankle Problems, Osteotomy, Foot Problems, ... (Read more)

Dr. Marcus Michael Aquino, MD
Specializes in General Surgery, Colon & Rectal Surgery
1213 Herman Drive; Suite 220
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Marcus Aquino is a specialist in general surgery and colon & rectal surgery. He works in Seabrook, TX, Baytown, TX, and Nassau Bay, TX. On average, patients gave him a rating of 4.5 stars out of 5. His areas of expertise include the following: warts, colon cancer, and crohn's disease. Dr. Aquino's professional affiliations include Houston Methodist and Park Plaza Hospital. He is in-network for Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and United Healthcare Choice, in addition to other insurance carriers. New patients are welcome to contact Dr. Aquino's office for an appointment. He studied medicine at St. John's Medical College.

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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. Thomas Burk Rivers, MD
Specializes in Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery
1517 Thompson Road; #1100
Richmond, TX
 

Dr. Thomas Rivers is a medical specialist in orthopedics/orthopedic surgery. He is rated highly by his patients. Dr. Rivers's clinical interests encompass sports health and total knee replacement. His professional affiliations include Memorial Hermann Sugar Land Hospital and the University of Texas (UT) Physicians. He is an in-network provider for Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Amerigroup Star, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and more. Dr. Rivers's education and training includes medical school at Texas A & M Health Science Center College of Medicine and residency at Scott and White Healthcare and the University of Mississippi Medical Center.

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Clinical Interests: Sports Health, Total Knee Replacement

2013 Procedure Details

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  • Volume: 36
  • Charge (avg.): $746 - $2,146
  • Negotiated Rate (avg.): $168 - $1,027
Dr. Mark Lawrence Prasarn, MD
Specializes in Orthopedic Trauma, Spine Surgery
17520 West Grand Parkway South; Suite 200
Sugar Land, TX
 

Dr. Mark Prasarn is a medical specialist in orthopedic trauma and spine surgery. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Memorial Hermann Orthopedic & Spine Hospital (MHOSH), Memorial Hermann - Texas Medical Center (TMC), and the University of Texas (UT) Physicians. Dr. Prasarn graduated from New York University (NYU) School of Medicine and then he performed his residency at Jackson Memorial Medical Center. He is rated highly by his patients. He is in-network for Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Amerigroup Star, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, in addition to other insurance carriers. He has received the following distinction: Texas Rising Stars.

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Relevant Interests: , vertebroplasty, kyphoplasty (vertebral augmentation)

All Interests: Kyphoplasty, Bone Spurs, Spine Reconstruction, Neck Pain, Spinal Pain, Lower Back Pain, Fractures, ... (Read more)

Dr. Zachary Robert Mucher, MD
Specializes in Urology
17510 W. Grand Parkway; Suite 210
Sugar Land, TX
 

Dr. Zachary Mucher's medical specialty is urology (urinary tract disease). Dr. Mucher's clinical interests include peyronie's disease (penile curvature), erectile dysfunction (impotence), and kidney stones. He is affiliated with Memorial Hermann Sugar Land Hospital and Houston Methodist. His education and training includes medical school at the University of Texas Medical Branch School of Medicine and residency at Parkland Health & Hospital System. Dr. Mucher honors several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Aetna Medicare, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze. He has an open panel.

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Relevant Interests: , transurethral resection of the prostate (TURP)

All Interests: Prostate Problems, Incontinence, Erectile Dysfunction, Kidney Stones, Laser Treatment, Sexual ... (Read more)

Dr. Eric Frank Berkman, MD
Specializes in Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery
17510 W Grand Parkway South; Suite 450
Sugar Land, TX
 

Dr. Eric Berkman practices orthopedics/orthopedic surgery in Bellaire, TX and Sugar Land, TX. After attending the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, School of Medicine, he completed his residency training at a hospital affiliated with Louisiana State University. Patients rated him highly, giving him an average of 4.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Berkman is an in-network provider for Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Amerigroup Star, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and more. He has received the following distinction: Texas Super Doctors. He is professionally affiliated with Memorial Hermann Southwest Hospital, Memorial Hermann Sugar Land Hospital, and Memorial Hermann Orthopedic & Spine Hospital (MHOSH).

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Relevant Interests: , minimally invasive joint replacement

All Interests: Sports Health, Shoulder Surgery, Musculoskeletal Problems, Spine Problems, Spine Surgery ... (Read more)

Dr. Matthew Eric Koepplinger, DO
Specializes in Hand Surgery, Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery
17520 West Grand Parkway South; Suite 200
Sugar Land, TX
 

Dr. Matthew Koepplinger is a physician who specializes in hand surgery and orthopedics/orthopedic surgery. He is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry. Before completing his residency at Mercy St. Vincent Medical Center, Toledo, Dr. Koepplinger attended medical school at Ohio University College of Osteopathic Medicine. He is affiliated with Memorial Hermann Southwest Hospital, Memorial Hermann Sugar Land Hospital, and Memorial Hermann Orthopedic & Spine Hospital (MHOSH).

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Relevant Interests: , vertebroplasty, arthroscopic surgery

All Interests: Sports Health, Hand Fracture, Bone Spurs, Wrist Surgery, Elbow Surgery, Arthroscopic Surgery, Limb ... (Read more)

Dr. Joey Michael Bluhm, MD
Specializes in General Surgery
17510 W. Grand Parkway South; Suite 490
Sugar Land, TX
 

Dr. Joey Bluhm's specialty is general surgery. On average, patients gave him a rating of 5.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Bluhm's areas of expertise consist of thyroid surgery, laparoscopic gallbladder removal, and gallstones. He accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Amerigroup Star, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, as well as other insurance carriers. His education and training includes medical school at the University of Texas Medical School at Houston and residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio. Dr. Bluhm is affiliated with Memorial Hermann Sugar Land Hospital, Houston Methodist, and Memorial Hermann Cypress Hospital. He is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , laparoscopic gallbladder removal, laparoscopic surgery, laparoscopic appendectomy

All Interests: Gallstones, Thyroid Surgery, Laparoscopic Appendectomy, Laparoscopic Gallbladder Removal, ... (Read more)

2013 Procedure Details

Source: Medicare Provider Utilization and Payment Data

  • Volume: 19
  • Charge (avg.): $2,900
  • Negotiated Rate (avg.): $654
Dr. Bidhan B Das, MD
Specializes in General Surgery, Colon & Rectal Surgery
17510 W Grand Parkway S; Suite 190
Sugar Land, TX
 

Dr. Bidhan Das is a general surgeon and colon and rectal surgeon. Dr. Das attended medical school at Yale School of Medicine. Dr. Das trained at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center for Dr. Das's residency. Dr. Das's clinical interests include colon cancer, laparoscopic colectomy, and laparoscopic small bowel resection. The average patient rating for Dr. Das is 5.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Das honors Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Amerigroup Star, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and more. Dr. Das has received professional recognition including the following: Texas Rising Stars. Dr. Das's professional affiliations include Memorial Hermann Greater Heights Hospital, Memorial Hermann Southeast Hospital, and Memorial Hermann Sugar Land Hospital. Dr. Das is accepting new patients.

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

All Interests: Laparoscopic Colectomy, Colon Cancer, Laparoscopic Small Bowel Resection, Hemorrhoids, Robotic ... (Read more)

Dr. Thomas Wylie Moore, MD
Specializes in General Surgery
17510 W. Grand Parkway S.; #490
Sugar Land, TX
 

Dr. Thomas Moore works as a general surgeon in Sugar Land, TX. His areas of expertise include minor surgery, colon cancer, and breast cancer. The average patient rating for Dr. Moore is 4.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Moore takes Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Amerigroup Star, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, as well as other insurance carriers. He is a graduate of the University of Texas Medical Branch School of Medicine and a graduate of St. Joseph Medical Center, Houston's residency program. Dr. Moore's hospital/clinic affiliations include Memorial Hermann Southwest Hospital, Memorial Hermann Sugar Land Hospital, and Houston Methodist. He has an open panel.

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Relevant Interests: , laparoscopic gallbladder removal, laparoscopic appendectomy

All Interests: Gallstones, Minor Surgery, Colon Cancer, Laparoscopic Appendectomy, Laparoscopic Gallbladder ... (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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