We found 37 providers matching minimally invasive surgery and who accept MultiPlan PPO near Shenandoah, TX.

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Ata Ahmad M.D.
Specializes in General Surgery, Bariatric Surgery, Colon & Rectal Surgery, Critical Care
average rating 3.42 stars (16 ratings)
17201 Interstate 45 South
The Woodlands, TX
 

Dr. Ataurrabb Ahmad is a specialist in general surgery, bariatric surgery, and colon & rectal surgery. He works in Houston, TX, Tomball, TX, and The Woodlands, TX. His clinical interests include cancer surgery, thyroid problems, and minor surgery. Dr. Ahmad is rated 3.5 stars out of 5 by his patients. He is an in-network provider for Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, as well as other insurance carriers. He attended medical school at Louisiana State University School of Medicine in New Orleans. For his residency, Dr. Ahmad trained at a hospital affiliated with Louisiana State University. In addition to English, Dr. Ahmad (or staff) speaks Urdu and Spanish. He is affiliated with Cypress Fairbanks Medical Center Hospital, Tomball Regional Medical Center (TRMC), and Houston Methodist. He 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, laparoscopic appendectomy

All Interests: Breast Biopsy, Laparoscopic Colectomy, Gallstones, Minor Surgery, Skin Biopsy, Laparoscopic Small ... (Read more)

Specializes in Cardiac Surgery, General Surgery, Vascular Surgery, Thoracic Surgery
average rating 4.3 stars (5 ratings)
118 Shenandoah Drive; Suite A
Shenandoah, TX
 

Dr. Clifford Kitten, who practices in Spring, TX, The Woodlands, TX, and Houston, TX, is a medical specialist in cardiac surgery, general surgery, and vascular surgery. Areas of expertise for Dr. Kitten include video-assisted thoracoscopic surgery (VATS), aortic aneurysm, and heart valve disease. On average, patients gave him a rating of 4.5 stars out of 5. He is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold. He graduated from Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center, Paul L. Foster School of Medicine and then he performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with Baylor College of Medicine and a hospital affiliated with the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio. He speaks Spanish. Dr. Kitten's professional affiliations include Cypress Fairbanks Medical Center Hospital, Houston Methodist, and Houston Northwest Medical Center. He has an open panel.

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

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

Dr. Drew David Howard MD
Specializes in General Surgery, Bariatric Surgery
average rating 3.87 stars (4 ratings)
9200 Pinecroft Drive; Suite 255
The Woodlands, TX
 

Dr. Drew Howard is a medical specialist in general surgery and bariatric surgery. Patient reviews placed Dr. Howard at an average of 4.0 stars out of 5. Areas of expertise for Dr. Howard include breast biopsy, breast surgery, and esophageal surgery. He is professionally affiliated with Houston Methodist, Memorial Hermann The Woodlands Hospital, and Houston Northwest Medical Center. Dr. Howard honors Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Amerigroup Star, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and more. New patients are welcome to contact his office for an appointment. He graduated from the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, School of Medicine. He trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of South Alabama for residency.

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Clinical Interests: Breast Biopsy, Gallstones, Flexible Sigmoidoscopy, Gastrointestinal Problems, Colon Cancer, Crohn's ... (Read more)

2013 Procedure Details

Source: Medicare Provider Utilization and Payment Data

  • Volume: 17
  • Charge (avg.): $3,814
  • Negotiated Rate (avg.): $529
Dr. Mark Menefee Mettauer M.D.
Specializes in Cardiac Surgery, General Surgery, Thoracic Surgery
average rating 5 stars (5 ratings)
17350 St. Luke's Way; Suite 470
The Woodlands, TX
 

Dr. Mark Mettauer works as a heart surgeon, general surgeon, and thoracic surgeon in The Woodlands, TX, Cypress, TX, and Houston, TX. He is conversant in Spanish. His clinical interests include video-assisted thoracoscopic surgery (VATS), arrhythmias (irregular heartbeats), and aortic aneurysm. Dr. Mettauer's hospital/clinic affiliations include Cypress Fairbanks Medical Center Hospital, Houston Methodist, and Houston Northwest Medical Center. After attending Texas A & M Health Science Center College of Medicine for medical school, he completed his residency training at Scott and White Healthcare and Texas Heart Institute. Patients rated him highly, giving him an average of 5.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Mettauer is in-network for Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and more. New patients are welcome to contact his office for an appointment.

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

All Interests: Valvuloplasty, Lung Tumor Resection, Heart Problems, Aneurysm, Surgical Procedures, Thoracic ... (Read more)

Specializes in General Surgery, Bariatric Surgery, Trauma Surgery
17198 St.luke's Way; Suite 450
The Woodlands, TX
 

Dr. Ronak Patel is a general surgeon, bariatric surgeon, and trauma surgeon in Desoto, TX, Houston, TX, and Tomball, TX. His clinical interests include breast surgery, colon cancer, and laparoscopic colectomy. Dr. Patel is in-network for Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, as well as other insurance carriers. His education and training includes medical school at the University of North Texas Health Science Center, Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine and residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston. Dr. Patel (or staff) is conversant in Spanish and Gujarati. He is professionally affiliated with Cypress Fairbanks Medical Center Hospital, Houston Methodist, and Tomball Regional Medical Center (TRMC).

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

All Interests: Laparoscopic Colectomy, Gastrointestinal Problems, Colon Cancer, Breast Surgery, Laparoscopic ... (Read more)

Specializes in Cardiac Surgery, Vascular Surgery, Thoracic Surgery, Critical Care
average rating 5 stars (1 rating)
118 Shenandoah Drive; Suite A
Shenandoah, TX
 

Dr. Daniel Stroud works as a heart surgeon, vascular surgeon, and thoracic surgeon in Spring, TX, Cypress, TX, and Shenandoah, TX. Dr. Stroud's areas of expertise include the following: video-assisted thoracoscopic surgery (VATS), minor surgery, and mitral valve disease. His professional affiliations include Cypress Fairbanks Medical Center Hospital, Houston Methodist, and Houston Northwest Medical Center. He attended Tulane University School of Medicine and subsequently trained at Fitzsimons Army Medical Center and Ochsner Medical Center for residency. Dr. Stroud is an in-network provider for Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, as well as other insurance carriers. He has an open panel.

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

All Interests: Atrial Fibrillation, Lung Biopsy, Lung Tumor Resection, Heart Problems, Minor Surgery, Aneurysm, ... (Read more)

Jason Balette MD
Specializes in General Surgery, Bariatric Surgery
average rating 4.95 stars (5 ratings)
9200 Pinecroft Drive; #250
Spring, TX
 

Dr. Jason Balette is a medical specialist in general surgery and bariatric surgery. His areas of expertise include the following: breast biopsy, breast surgery, and esophageal surgery. Dr. Balette is professionally affiliated with Houston Methodist and Memorial Hermann The Woodlands Hospital. He attended the University of Texas Medical School at Houston for medical school and subsequently trained at Baylor University Medical Center for residency. Patient ratings for Dr. Balette average 5.0 stars out of 5. He is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry. Dr. Balette has received distinctions including Texas Rising Stars and Texas Super Doctors. He is open to new patients.

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Clinical Interests: Breast Biopsy, Breast Surgery, Gallstones, Flexible Sigmoidoscopy, Gastrointestinal Problems, Colon ... (Read more)

2013 Procedure Details

Source: Medicare Provider Utilization and Payment Data

  • Volume: 13
  • Charge (avg.): $4,183
  • Negotiated Rate (avg.): $628

Specializes in Cardiac Surgery, Thoracic Surgery
17183 Interstate 45 S.; Suite 650
The Woodlands, TX
 

Dr. Lucas Duvall's specialties are cardiac surgery and thoracic surgery. His areas of expertise include arrhythmias (irregular heartbeats), video-assisted thoracoscopic surgery (VATS), and heart valve disease. He is professionally affiliated with Cypress Fairbanks Medical Center Hospital, Houston Methodist, and Houston Northwest Medical Center. Dr. Duvall attended medical school at Louisiana State University School of Medicine in Shreveport. Dr. Duvall's medical residency was performed at Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center - Shreveport. Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Duvall takes. His practice is open to new patients.

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

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

Khawaja Azimuddin M.D.
Specializes in General Surgery, Colon & Rectal Surgery
average rating 4.34 stars (34 ratings)
17450 St Lukes Way; Suite 250
The Woodlands, TX
 

Dr. Khawaja Azimuddin is a general surgeon and colon and rectal surgeon in Houston, TX and The Woodlands, TX. Dr. Azimuddin (or staff) is conversant in Urdu, Spanish, and Hindi. Areas of expertise for Dr. Azimuddin include cancer, polypectomy (polyp removal), and laparoscopic colectomy. Dr. Azimuddin's professional affiliations include Cypress Fairbanks Medical Center Hospital, Houston Methodist, and Houston Northwest Medical Center. Dr. Azimuddin completed his residency training at Our Lady of Mercy Medical Center and LeHigh Valley Hospital Network. Patient reviews placed him at an average of 4.5 stars out of 5. He is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Amerigroup Star. He welcomes new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , minimally invasive surgery, laparoscopic colectomy, laparoscopic small bowel resection, laparoscopic colon surgery, robotic surgery, da Vinci surgery

All Interests: Laparoscopic Colectomy, Intestinal Problems, Gastrointestinal Problems, Laparoscopic Small Bowel ... (Read more)

Dr. Rafael Lugo MD
Specializes in General Surgery
average rating 4.75 stars (4 ratings)
150 Pine Forest Drive; Suite 404
Shenandoah, TX
 

Dr. Rafael Lugo is a specialist in general surgery. He works in Shenandoah, TX, The Woodlands, TX, and Houston, TX. He attended medical school at Ponce School of Medicine. These areas are among his clinical interests: cancer surgery, colon cancer, and thyroid cancer. Dr. Lugo's average patient rating is 4.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Lugo accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and United Healthcare Choice, in addition to other insurance carriers. He is conversant in Spanish. He is affiliated with Houston Methodist. He 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)

Mr. Mark J. Pidala M.D.
Specializes in General Surgery, Colon & Rectal Surgery
average rating 3.5 stars (2 ratings)
9200 Pinecroft; Suite 320
The Woodlands, TX
 

Dr. Mark Pidala works as a general surgeon and colon and rectal surgeon. Clinical interests for Dr. Pidala include warts, colon cancer, and crohn's disease. Dr. Pidala takes Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Amerigroup Star, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, in addition to other insurance carriers. He obtained his medical school training at the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine and Northeast Ohio Medical University and performed his residency at Summa Akron City Hospital. Dr. Pidala has received the distinction of Texas Super Doctors. He is conversant in Spanish. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Memorial Hermann Greater Heights Hospital, Memorial Hermann Southeast Hospital, and Memorial Hermann Sugar Land Hospital. He is accepting new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , laparoscopic surgery, robotic surgery, da Vinci surgery

All Interests: Warts, Incontinence, Flexible Sigmoidoscopy, Colon Cancer, Crohn's Disease, Hemorrhoids, Colon ... (Read more)

Dr. Bryan J. Correa M.D.
Specializes in Head & Neck Plastic Surgery
average rating 5 stars (25 ratings)
4850 West Panther Creek; #105
Spring, TX
 

Dr. Bryan Correa works as a head and neck plastic surgeon in The Woodlands, TX, Houston, TX, and Spring, TX. In addition to English, Dr. Correa speaks Spanish. These areas are among his clinical interests: breast reconstruction revision, dermabrasion, and vaginoplasty. He is professionally affiliated with Houston Methodist, Tomball Regional Medical Center (TRMC), and Memorial Hermann The Woodlands Hospital. Dr. Correa's education and training includes medical school at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), David Geffen School of Medicine and residency at a hospital affiliated with Baylor College of Medicine. He is rated 5.0 stars out of 5 by his patients. He accepts several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Workers' Compensation. Dr. Correa has received the distinction of Recipient of American Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery Resident, Scholarship. New patients are welcome to contact his office for an appointment.

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Relevant Interests: , MACS (minimal access cranial suspension) facelift, SmartLipo MPX, SmartLipo, Vaser liposuction, tumescent liposuction, mini facelift

All Interests: Dermabrasion, Vaginoplasty, Vaginal Rejuvenation, Breast Augmentation, Labiaplasty, Eyelid ... (Read more)

Specializes in Adult Cardiology, Interventional Cardiology
average rating 5 stars (1 rating)
17350 St. Luke's Way; Suite 400
The Woodlands, TX
 

Dr. Christopher Nguyen is an adult cardiologist and interventional cardiologist. After completing medical school at Tulane University School of Medicine, he performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with Baylor College of Medicine. He accepts several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold. Dr. Nguyen is conversant in Vietnamese. Dr. Nguyen is professionally affiliated with Houston Northwest Medical Center. He has an open panel.

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2013 Procedure Details

Source: Medicare Provider Utilization and Payment Data

  • Volume: 11
  • Charge (avg.): $2,750
  • Negotiated Rate (avg.): $521
Dr. Penner T. Schraudenbach MD
Specializes in Urology
average rating 5 stars (2 ratings)
17201 Interstate 45 South
The Woodlands, TX
 

Dr. Penner Schraudenbach is a specialist in urology (urinary tract disease). He works in Tomball, TX, Houston, TX, and The Woodlands, TX. His areas of expertise include the following: sexual dysfunction, transurethral resection of the prostate (TURP), and ureteroscopy. Dr. Schraudenbach accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and more. He is a graduate of the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, School of Medicine. For his residency, Dr. Schraudenbach trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Houston Methodist, Tomball Regional Medical Center (TRMC), and Memorial Hermann The Woodlands Hospital. Dr. Schraudenbach has an open panel.

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

All Interests: Sexual Dysfunction, Transurethral Resection of the Prostate, Ureteroscopy, Vasectomy, Vasectomy ... (Read more)

2013 Procedure Details

Source: Medicare Provider Utilization and Payment Data

  • Volume: 19
  • Charge (avg.): $1,698
  • Negotiated Rate (avg.): $825
Eric William Price MD
Specializes in Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery
average rating 4.76 stars (420 ratings)
17198 St Luke's Way; Suite 600
The Woodlands, TX
 

Dr. Eric Price sees patients in The Woodlands, TX. His medical specialty is orthopedics/orthopedic surgery. These areas are among his clinical interests: knee problems, arthroscopic surgery, and cancer. He is affiliated with Houston Methodist. Dr. Price graduated from the University of Texas Medical Branch School of Medicine and then he performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Alabama. Patient reviews placed him at an average of 5.0 stars out of 5. Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Price accepts. He has received the distinction of Texas Super Doctors. New patients are welcome to contact his office for an appointment.

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Relevant Interests: , arthroscopic surgery

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

2013 Procedure Details

Source: Medicare Provider Utilization and Payment Data

  • Volume: 56
  • Charge (avg.): $534 - $3,276
  • Negotiated Rate (avg.): $168 - $1,027
Dr. Jerry Keith Miles D.P.M.
Specializes in Podiatry, Foot & Ankle Surgery
average rating 3.41 stars (6 ratings)
17201 Interstate 45 South
The Woodlands, TX
 

Dr. Jerry Miles practices podiatry (foot & ankle medicine) and foot & ankle surgery. He has received a 3.5 out of 5 star rating by his patients. Dr. Miles's areas of expertise include the following: diabetes, arthroscopic surgery, and replacement arthroplasty (joint replacement). He is professionally affiliated with Houston Methodist, Memorial Hermann The Woodlands Hospital, and Houston Northwest Medical Center. Dr. Miles honors several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold. He is accepting new patients. He completed his residency training at Houston Podiatric Foundation. Dr. Miles is conversant in Spanish.

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Relevant Interests: , arthroscopic surgery

All Interests: Fractures, Arthroscopic Surgery, Ankle Problems, Diabetes, Foot Problems, Birth Defects, Hammer ... (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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