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Dr. Clifford Mark Kitten, MD
Specializes in Cardiac Surgery, General Surgery, Vascular Surgery, Thoracic Surgery
118 Shenandoah Drive; Suite A
Spring, TX
 

Dr. Clifford Kitten practices cardiac surgery, general surgery, and vascular surgery. Dr. Kitten's areas of expertise include video-assisted thoracoscopic surgery (VATS), aortic aneurysm, and heart valve disease. His average patient rating is 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 attended Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center, Paul L. Foster School of Medicine and then went on to complete his residency at a hospital affiliated with Baylor College of Medicine. Dr. Kitten speaks Spanish. He is affiliated with Cypress Fairbanks Medical Center Hospital, Tomball Regional Medical Center (TRMC), and Houston Methodist. Dr. Kitten 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. Dexter Godfrey Turnquest, MD
Specializes in General Surgery, Bariatric Surgery
17070 Red Oak Drive; Suite 101
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Dexter Turnquest is a physician who specializes in general surgery and bariatric surgery. After completing medical school at the University of South Florida (USF) College of Medicine, he performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Texas. Clinical interests for Dr. Turnquest include ulcers, thyroid surgery, and pancreatitis. Dr. Turnquest's average patient rating is 5.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Turnquest is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, United Healthcare HSA, and CorVel. He has received professional recognition including the following: Texas Super Doctors. In addition to English, he speaks Spanish. He is affiliated with Houston Methodist, Memorial Hermann The Woodlands Hospital, and Houston Northwest Medical Center.

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Relevant Interests: , minimally invasive surgery, laparoscopic surgery, robotic surgery, laparoscopic gastric banding

All Interests: Pancreatitis, Ulcers, Endoscopy, Anti-Reflux Surgery, Thyroid Surgery, Diverticular Disease, ... (Read more)

Specializes in General Surgery, Vascular Surgery, Thoracic Surgery
800 Peakwood Drive; Suite 5g
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Damian Chaupin is a physician who specializes in general surgery, vascular surgery, and thoracic surgery. On average, patients gave Dr. Chaupin a rating of 3.5 stars out of 5. His areas of expertise include prostate problems, warts, and cancer surgery. His professional affiliations include Houston Methodist and Houston Northwest Medical Center. Dr. Chaupin 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. He has an open panel. He attended National University of San Marcos for medical school and subsequently trained at Sisters of Charity Hospital for residency. He speaks Spanish.

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

All Interests: Prostate Problems, Warts, Adolescent Issues, Breast Biopsy, Bursitis, Circumcision, Sclerotherapy, ... (Read more)

Dr. Khawaja Azimuddin, MD
Specializes in General Surgery, Colon & Rectal Surgery
1125 Cypress Station Drive; Ste G3-4
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Khawaja Azimuddin's areas of specialization are general surgery and colon & rectal surgery; he sees patients in Houston, TX and The Woodlands, TX. Patients gave him an average rating of 4.5 stars out of 5. 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. He is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Amerigroup Star. He is open to new patients. Dr. Azimuddin trained at Our Lady of Mercy Medical Center and LeHigh Valley Hospital Network for residency. In addition to English, Dr. Azimuddin (or staff) speaks Urdu, Spanish, and Hindi.

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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. Mark Joseph Pidala, MD
Specializes in General Surgery, Colon & Rectal Surgery
800 Peakwood, 2c; Peakwood Professional Building
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Mark Pidala practices general surgery and colon & rectal surgery in Houston, TX and The Woodlands, TX. Dr. Pidala's clinical interests include warts, colon cancer, and crohn's disease. He honors Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Amerigroup Star, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, as well as other insurance carriers. He attended the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine and Northeast Ohio Medical University and then went on to complete his residency at Summa Akron City Hospital. Dr. Pidala has received the distinction of Texas Super Doctors. In addition to English, he speaks Spanish. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Memorial Hermann Greater Heights Hospital, Memorial Hermann Southeast Hospital, and Memorial Hermann Sugar Land Hospital. New patients are welcome to contact Dr. Pidala's office for an appointment.

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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. Brian T Chimenti, MD
Specializes in Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery, Sports Medicine
1441 Woodstead Court; Suite 300
The Woodlands, TX
 

Dr. Brian Chimenti is a The Woodlands, TX physician who specializes in orthopedics/orthopedic surgery and sports medicine. His areas of expertise include arthroscopic surgery, replacement arthroplasty (joint replacement), and sports health. Dr. Chimenti has received a 4.5 out of 5 star rating by his patients. He accepts several insurance carriers, including Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Aetna Medicare. He attended Baylor College of Medicine for medical school and subsequently trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of Colorado Denver for residency. He has received professional recognition including the following: Texas Super Doctors. In addition to English, Dr. Chimenti speaks Spanish. He is professionally affiliated with Memorial Hermann The Woodlands Hospital. His practice is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , arthroscopic surgery

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

2013 Procedure Details

Source: Medicare Provider Utilization and Payment Data

  • Volume: 68
  • Charge (avg.): $2,200 - $2,938
  • Negotiated Rate (avg.): $168 - $1,027
Dr. Thomas R Newton Jr., MD
Specializes in General Surgery, Colon & Rectal Surgery
800 Peakwood Drive; Suite 2c
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Thomas Newton is a general surgeon and colon and rectal surgeon in The Woodlands, TX, Houston, TX, and Spring, TX. In addition to English, he speaks Spanish. These areas are among Dr. Newton's clinical interests: bleeding, sexually transmitted diseases (STds), and colectomy (colon resection). He is affiliated with Memorial Hermann Greater Heights Hospital, Memorial Hermann Southeast Hospital, and Memorial Hermann Sugar Land Hospital. He studied medicine at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, School of Medicine. His training includes residency programs at a hospital affiliated with the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston and a hospital affiliated with Indiana University. Dr. Newton's average patient rating is 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. Newton accepts.

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Relevant Interests: , laparoscopic surgery

All Interests: Rectal Problems, Colitis, Bleeding, Colectomy, Colon Cancer, Surgical Procedures, Hemorrhoids, ... (Read more)

Dr. Meena Wilson Shatby, MD
Specializes in Foot & Ankle Surgery, Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery
800 Peakwood; Suite 3a
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Meena Shatby's specialties are foot & ankle surgery and orthopedics/orthopedic surgery. He attended medical school at Baylor College of Medicine. For his professional training, Dr. Shatby completed a residency program at a hospital affiliated with Baylor College of Medicine. His areas of expertise include knee problems, foot problems, and sports health. Patients rated Dr. Shatby highly, giving him an average of 4.0 stars out of 5. He honors several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Amerigroup Star, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold. He is affiliated with Memorial Hermann The Woodlands Hospital and Houston Northwest Medical Center.

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Relevant Interests: , arthroscopic surgery

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

Dr. Tal R Raphaeli, MD
Specializes in General Surgery, Colon & Rectal Surgery
1125 Cypress Station Drive
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Tal Raphaeli is a general surgeon and colon and rectal surgeon. Dr. Raphaeli (or staff) is conversant in Hebrew and Spanish. His areas of expertise include the following: colon cancer, crohn's disease, and laparoscopic colectomy. Dr. Raphaeli's professional affiliations include Cypress Fairbanks Medical Center Hospital, Houston Methodist, and Tomball Regional Medical Center (TRMC). Dr. Raphaeli obtained his medical school training at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, School of Medicine and the University of Texas Medical Branch School of Medicine and performed his residency at Virginia Mason Medical Center. Patient ratings for Dr. Raphaeli average 4.5 stars out of 5. He is in-network for Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, Amerigroup Star, and more. Dr. Raphaeli has an open panel.

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

All Interests: Incontinence, Rectal Problems, Laparoscopic Colectomy, Flexible Sigmoidoscopy, Colon Cancer, ... (Read more)

Dr. Michael D Kelly, MBA, DO
Specializes in General Gynecology
1125 Cypress Station Drive; Suite C
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Michael Kelly is a physician who specializes in general gynecology. He speaks Spanish. His clinical interests include high risk pregnancy and laparoscopic surgery. Dr. Kelly's hospital/clinic affiliations include Memorial Hermann The Woodlands Hospital and Houston Northwest Medical Center. He attended medical school at Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine. Dr. Kelly's medical residency was performed at Crozer-Chester Medical Center and a hospital affiliated with Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine. On average, patients gave him a rating of 4.5 stars out of 5. Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Amerigroup Star are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Kelly honors.

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Relevant Interests: , laparoscopic surgery

All Interests: High Risk Pregnancy, Laparoscopic Surgery

Dr. Jennifer T Nguyen, MD
Specializes in General Gynecology
19740 I-45 North
Spring, TX
 

Dr. Jennifer Nguyen practices general gynecology in Spring, TX. Before completing her residency at Albert Einstein Medical Center, Philadelphia and a hospital affiliated with St. Louis University (SLU), Dr. Nguyen attended medical school at Louisiana State University School of Medicine in New Orleans. Areas of expertise for Dr. Nguyen include laparoscopic hysterectomy, sexually transmitted diseases (STds), and cervicitis. Her average patient rating is 3.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Nguyen is in-network for Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and more. In addition to English, Dr. Nguyen (or staff) speaks Spanish and Vietnamese. She is professionally affiliated with Memorial Hermann The Woodlands Hospital and Houston Northwest Medical Center.

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Relevant Interests: , laparoscopic hysterectomy, laparoscopic surgery

All Interests: Cervicitis, Bladder Problems, Laparoscopic Surgery, Laparoscopic Hysterectomy, Sexually Transmitted ... (Read more)

Dr. Samuel Bharksuwan, MD
Specializes in General Obstetrics & Gynecology
2255 East Mossy Oak Road; Suite 430
Spring, TX
 

Dr. Samuel Bharksuwan works as a general OB/GYN in The Woodlands, TX, Houston, TX, and Spring, TX. On average, patients gave Dr. Bharksuwan a rating of 4.5 stars out of 5. His clinical interests include menopause, minimally invasive surgery, and high risk pregnancy. He is affiliated with Memorial Hermann The Woodlands Hospital. He accepts Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Aetna Medicare, and more. Before performing his residency at a hospital affiliated with Baylor College of Medicine, Dr. Bharksuwan attended New York University (NYU) School of Medicine.

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Relevant Interests: , minimally invasive surgery

All Interests: Menopause, Minimally Invasive Surgery, High Risk Pregnancy

Specializes in General Surgery, Colon & Rectal Surgery
1125 Cypress Station Drive; Suite G3
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Jean Knapps specializes in general surgery and colon & rectal surgery and practices in Houston, TX, The Woodlands, TX, and Humble, TX. Clinical interests for Dr. Knapps include colon cancer, incontinence, and crohn's disease. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Houston Methodist, Houston Northwest Medical Center, and Memorial Hermann Northeast Hospital. Before performing his residency at Lenox Hill Hospital, Dr. Knapps attended National University of Asunción Faculty of Medical Sciences for medical school. He is an in-network provider for MultiPlan, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, HealthSmart, and more. He is accepting new patients.

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

All Interests: Colon Cancer, Crohn's Disease, Incontinence, Laparoscopic Small Bowel Resection, Hemorrhoids, ... (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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