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Dr. Devinder Singh Bhatia, MD
Specializes in Cardiac Surgery, General Surgery, Vascular Surgery, Thoracic Surgery
800 Peakwood Drive; Suite 4a
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Devinder Bhatia is a cardiac surgery, general surgery, and vascular surgery specialist. Before performing his residency at Carolinas Medical Center, a hospital affiliated with the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences, and a hospital affiliated with Baylor College of Medicine, Dr. Bhatia attended the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences College of Medicine for medical school. Dr. Bhatia's clinical interests include maze procedure, video-assisted thoracoscopic surgery (VATS), and minor surgery. Patients gave him an average rating of 5.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Bhatia is in-network for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Secure Horizons, in addition to other insurance carriers. He speaks Spanish. His professional affiliations include Cypress Fairbanks Medical Center Hospital, Houston Methodist, and Tomball Regional Medical Center (TRMC). He has an open panel.

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

All Interests: Heart Bypass Surgery, Peritoneal Catheter Placement, Lung Biopsy, Maze Procedure, Lung Tumor ... (Read more)

2013 Procedure Details

Source: Medicare Provider Utilization and Payment Data

  • Volume: 44
  • Charge (avg.): $14,000
  • Negotiated Rate (avg.): $823
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)

Dr. Daniel Garber Stroud, MD
Specializes in Cardiac Surgery, Vascular Surgery, Thoracic Surgery, Critical Care
118 Shenandoah Drive; Suite A
Spring, TX
 

Dr. Daniel Stroud's areas of specialization are cardiac surgery, vascular surgery, and thoracic surgery. His clinical interests include video-assisted thoracoscopic surgery (VATS), minor surgery, and mitral valve disease. Dr. Stroud is professionally affiliated with Cypress Fairbanks Medical Center Hospital, Houston Methodist, and Tomball Regional Medical Center (TRMC). He 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. Dr. Stroud is open to new patients. After attending Tulane University School of Medicine, he completed his residency training at Fitzsimons Army Medical Center and Ochsner Medical Center.

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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)

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. Philip L Leggett, MD
Specializes in General Surgery, Vascular Surgery, Bariatric Surgery, Other
800 Peakwood Drive; Suite 8b
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Philip Leggett is a general surgeon, vascular surgeon, and bariatric surgeon. His areas of expertise include heartburn, acid reflux (GERD), and laparoscopic gastric banding. He is rated highly by his patients. Dr. Leggett 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. He is a graduate of the University of Texas Medical Branch School of Medicine and a graduate of Ochsner Medical Center's residency program. In addition to English, he speaks Spanish. Dr. Leggett is professionally affiliated with Houston Northwest Medical Center.

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Relevant Interests: , laparoscopic surgery, laparoscopic gastric banding

All Interests: Laparoscopic Gastric Banding, Heartburn, Radiofrequency Ablation, Laparoscopic Surgery, Weight ... (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. Michael Samir George, MD
Specializes in Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery
17270 Red Oak Drive; Suite 200
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Michael George is a specialist in orthopedics/orthopedic surgery and sports medicine. He works in Houston, TX. Dr. George is rated highly by his patients. Areas of expertise for Dr. George include arthroscopic surgery, knee surgery, and frozen shoulder. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Houston Methodist Willowbrook Hospital and Houston Northwest Medical Center. Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold are among the insurance carriers that Dr. George honors. He attended Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine and then went on to complete his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Cincinnati. Dr. George has received professional recognition including the following: Texas Super Doctors. In addition to English, he speaks Spanish.

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Relevant Interests: , arthroscopic surgery, arthroscopic rotator cuff repair

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

2013 Procedure Details

Source: Medicare Provider Utilization and Payment Data

  • Volume: 56
  • Charge (avg.): $1,000 - $3,041
  • Negotiated Rate (avg.): $176 - $1,084
Dr. Kevin Michael Moran, MD
Specializes in Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery
845 Fm 1960 West; Suite 104
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Kevin Moran is a spine surgeon and orthopedic surgeon. His patients gave him an average rating of 4.0 out of 5 stars. Dr. Moran's areas of expertise include the following: knee problems, arthroscopic surgery, and replacement arthroplasty (joint replacement). He is affiliated with Houston Northwest Medical Center. Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Moran accepts. Dr. Moran attended the University of Texas Medical School at Houston and then went on to complete his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences. He speaks Spanish.

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Relevant Interests: , arthroscopic surgery

All Interests: Joint Surgery, Shoulder Problems, Fractures, Lower Back Problems, Arthroscopic Surgery, Neck ... (Read more)

Dr. Stewart Michael Dean, MD
Specializes in Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery
17270 Red Oak Drive; Suite 200
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Stewart Dean's specialty is orthopedics/orthopedic surgery. His areas of expertise include knee problems, shoulder surgery, and knee surgery. Dr. Dean is an in-network provider for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, as well as other insurance carriers. Before completing his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston and a hospital affiliated with the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, Dr. Dean attended medical school at the University of Texas Medical School at Houston. Dr. Dean has received the distinction of Texas Super Doctors. He is professionally affiliated with Memorial Hermann Memorial City Medical Center and Houston Northwest Medical Center.

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2013 Procedure Details

Source: Medicare Provider Utilization and Payment Data

  • Volume: 13
  • Charge (avg.): $1,000
  • Negotiated Rate (avg.): $176
Dr. Erwin Charles Winkel III, MD
Specializes in Urology, Other
17070 Red Oak Drive; Suite 200
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Erwin Winkel's area of specialization is urology (urinary tract disease). His clinical interests include bladder cancer, warts, and ablation. Dr. Winkel honors Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, in addition to other insurance carriers. He attended Baylor College of Medicine and then went on to complete his residency at a hospital affiliated with Baylor College of Medicine. He speaks Spanish. Dr. Winkel is professionally affiliated with Houston Methodist and Houston Northwest Medical Center. He has an open panel.

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Relevant Interests: , laparoscopic gallbladder removal, robotic surgery

All Interests: Prostate Problems, Warts, Adolescent Issues, Incontinence, Circumcision, Erectile Dysfunction, ... (Read more)

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. John Paul Seaberg, MD
Specializes in Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery
17270 Red Oak Drive; Suite 200
Houston, TX
 

Dr. John Seaberg is a medical specialist in orthopedics/orthopedic surgery. He graduated from the University of Oklahoma College of Medicine. Areas of expertise for Dr. Seaberg include knee problems, arthroscopic surgery, and sports health. He has received a 5.0 out of 5 star rating by his patients. He is in-network for Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and United Healthcare Choice, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Seaberg has received the following distinction: Texas Rising Stars. He is professionally affiliated with Houston Methodist. His practice is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , arthroscopic surgery

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

Dr. Kamran K Sherwani, MD
Specializes in Adult Cardiology, Nuclear Medicine
837 Fm 1960 West; Suite 102
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Kamran Sherwani is an adult cardiology and nuclear medicine specialist. Areas of expertise for Dr. Sherwani include arrhythmias (irregular heartbeats), mitral valve prolapse, and high cholesterol (hyperlipidemia). Dr. Sherwani is professionally affiliated with Cypress Fairbanks Medical Center Hospital, Houston Methodist, and Houston Northwest Medical Center. He is in-network for Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and more. His practice is open to new patients. After completing medical school at East Tennessee State University, Quillen College of Medicine and Rawalpindi Medical College, Dr. Sherwani performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with East Tennessee State University (ETSU). Dr. Sherwani (or staff) is conversant in Urdu and Spanish.

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Clinical Interests: Hypertension, Heart Problems, Angiogram, Arrhythmias, Atherosclerosis, High Cholesterol, Stroke, ... (Read more)

2013 Procedure Details

Source: Medicare Provider Utilization and Payment Data

  • Volume: 11
  • Charge (avg.): $3,500
  • Negotiated Rate (avg.): $524

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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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