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Dr. Drew David Howard, MD
Specializes in General Surgery, Bariatric Surgery
9200 Pinecroft; Suite 250
The Woodlands, TX
 

Dr. Drew Howard is a medical specialist in general surgery and bariatric surgery. Patients gave him an average rating of 4.0 stars out of 5. His professional affiliations include Memorial Hermann The Woodlands Hospital and Houston Northwest Medical Center. Dr. Howard accepts several insurance carriers, including Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Aetna Medicare. Dr. Howard obtained his medical school training at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, School of Medicine and performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of South Alabama.

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2013 Procedure Details

Source: Medicare Provider Utilization and Payment Data

  • Volume: 17
  • Charge (avg.): $3,814
  • Negotiated Rate (avg.): $529
Dr. Jason M Balette, MD
Specializes in General Surgery, Bariatric Surgery
9200 Pinecroft; Suite 250
The Woodlands, TX
 

Dr. Jason Balette is a general surgeon and bariatric surgeon in Spring, TX and The Woodlands, TX. Dr. Balette is professionally affiliated with Memorial Hermann The Woodlands Hospital and Houston Northwest Medical Center. He attended medical school at the University of Texas Medical School at Houston. His patients gave him an average rating of 5.0 out of 5 stars. Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Aetna Medicare are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Balette accepts. Awards and/or distinctions he has received include Texas Rising Stars and Texas Super Doctors.

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Relevant Interests: , laparoscopic gastric banding

All Interests: Laparoscopic Gastric Banding, Sleeve Gastrectomy, Gastric Bypass Surgery

2013 Procedure Details

Source: Medicare Provider Utilization and Payment Data

  • Volume: 13
  • Charge (avg.): $4,183
  • Negotiated Rate (avg.): $628
Dr. Khawaja Azimuddin, MD
Specializes in General Surgery, Colon & Rectal Surgery
17450 St Lukes Way; Suite 250
The Woodlands, TX
 

Dr. Khawaja Azimuddin is a specialist in general surgery and colon & rectal surgery. Dr. Azimuddin's areas of expertise include the following: cancer, polypectomy (polyp removal), and laparoscopic colectomy. On average, patients gave him a rating of 4.5 stars out of 5. He is in-network for Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Amerigroup Star, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Azimuddin trained at Our Lady of Mercy Medical Center and LeHigh Valley Hospital Network for residency. Dr. Azimuddin (or staff) is conversant in Urdu, Spanish, and Hindi. He is professionally affiliated with Cypress Fairbanks Medical Center Hospital, Houston Methodist, and Houston Northwest Medical Center. His practice is open to 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. Mark Joseph Pidala, MD
Specializes in General Surgery, Colon & Rectal Surgery
9200 Pinecroft; Suite 320
The Woodlands, TX
 

Dr. Mark Pidala is a general surgery and colon & rectal surgery specialist in Houston, TX and The Woodlands, TX. He speaks Spanish. Dr. Pidala's areas of expertise include the following: warts, colon cancer, and crohn's disease. He is affiliated with Memorial Hermann Greater Heights Hospital, Memorial Hermann Southeast Hospital, and Memorial Hermann Sugar Land Hospital. Dr. Pidala studied medicine at the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine and Northeast Ohio Medical University. His training includes a residency program at Summa Akron City Hospital. Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Amerigroup Star, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Pidala honors. Dr. Pidala has received the following distinction: Texas Super Doctors. 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. Brian T Chimenti, MD
Specializes in Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery, Sports Medicine
1441 Woodstead Court; Suite 300
The Woodlands, TX
 

Dr. Brian Chimenti specializes in orthopedics/orthopedic surgery and sports medicine and practices in The Woodlands, TX. Before performing his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Colorado Denver, Dr. Chimenti attended Baylor College of Medicine for medical school. His clinical interests include arthroscopic surgery, replacement arthroplasty (joint replacement), and sports health. Dr. Chimenti is rated 4.5 stars out of 5 by his patients. He is in-network for Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Aetna Medicare, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Chimenti has received the distinction of Texas Super Doctors. He speaks Spanish. He is affiliated with Memorial Hermann The Woodlands Hospital. Dr. Chimenti welcomes 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

Specializes in Adult Cardiology, Interventional Cardiology
17350 St. Luke's Way; Suite 400
The Woodlands, TX
 

Dr. Christopher Nguyen, who practices in The Woodlands, TX, is a medical specialist in adult cardiology and interventional cardiology. He is an in-network provider for Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Nguyen obtained his medical school training at Tulane University School of Medicine and performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with Baylor College of Medicine. In addition to English, he speaks Vietnamese. He is professionally affiliated with Houston Northwest Medical Center. Dr. Nguyen is accepting new patients.

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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. Terah C Isaacson, MD
Specializes in General Surgery, Colon & Rectal Surgery
17450 St. Lukes Way; Suite 250
The Woodlands, TX
 

Dr. Terah Isaacson practices general surgery and colon & rectal surgery. Areas of expertise for Dr. Isaacson include minimally invasive surgery. She takes Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Amerigroup Star, in addition to other insurance carriers. After attending the University of Kansas School of Medicine, Dr. Isaacson completed her residency training at a hospital affiliated with Oregon Health & Science University. Dr. Isaacson has received the following distinction: Texas Rising Stars. In addition to English, she speaks Spanish. Her professional affiliations include Memorial Hermann Southeast Hospital, Memorial Hermann Sugar Land Hospital, and Park Plaza Hospital. New patients are welcome to contact her office for an appointment.

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Relevant Interests: , minimally invasive surgery

All Interests: Minimally Invasive Surgery

Dr. Albert Brant Lipscomb Jr., MD
Specializes in General Surgery, Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery, Sports Medicine
9305 Pinecroft Drive; Suite 400
The Woodlands, TX
 

Dr. Albert Lipscomb is a medical specialist in general surgery, orthopedics/orthopedic surgery, and sports medicine. His professional affiliations include Memorial Hermann The Woodlands Hospital and the University of Texas (UT) Physicians. He takes Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Amerigroup Star, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Lipscomb's education and training includes medical school at Vanderbilt University School of Medicine and residency at Vanderbilt University Medical Center.

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Relevant Interests: , vertebroplasty, 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)

Dr. Meena Wilson Shatby, MD
Specializes in Foot & Ankle Surgery, Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery
1441 Woodstead Court; Suite 300
The Woodlands, TX
 

Dr. Meena Shatby's areas of specialization are foot & ankle surgery and orthopedics/orthopedic surgery. Areas of particular interest for Dr. Shatby include knee problems, foot problems, and sports health. Patient reviews placed him at an average of 4.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Shatby takes 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 Baylor College of Medicine and residency at a hospital affiliated with Baylor College of Medicine. Dr. Shatby is professionally 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. Thomas R Newton Jr., MD
Specializes in General Surgery, Colon & Rectal Surgery
9200 Pinecroft; Suite 320
Spring, TX
 

Dr. Thomas Newton is a specialist in general surgery and colon & rectal surgery. He works in The Woodlands, TX, Houston, TX, and Spring, TX. Patient reviews placed him at an average of 5.0 stars out of 5. His areas of expertise include bleeding, sexually transmitted diseases (STds), and colectomy (colon resection). Dr. Newton is affiliated with Memorial Hermann Greater Heights Hospital, Memorial Hermann Southeast Hospital, and Memorial Hermann Sugar Land Hospital. He accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Amerigroup Star, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Newton studied medicine at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, School of Medicine. For his professional training, Dr. Newton completed 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 is conversant in Spanish.

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Relevant Interests: , laparoscopic surgery

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

Dr. Bernardo De La Guardia, MD
Specializes in Adult Cardiology
17350 St Lukes Way; Suite 400
The Woodlands, TX
 

Dr. Bernardo De La Guardia's medical specialty is adult cardiology. Dr. De La Guardia accepts several insurance carriers, including Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze. He attended Monterrey Institute of Technology and Higher Education (ITESM) School of Medicine and subsequently trained at Arizona Health Sciences Center for residency. He is conversant in Spanish. Dr. De La Guardia is affiliated with Houston Northwest Medical Center.

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2013 Procedure Details

Source: Medicare Provider Utilization and Payment Data

  • Volume: 14
  • Charge (avg.): $2,652
  • Negotiated Rate (avg.): $501
Dr. Tal R Raphaeli, MD
Specializes in General Surgery, Colon & Rectal Surgery
17450 St Lukes Way; Suite 250
The Woodlands, TX
 

Dr. Tal Raphaeli is a physician who specializes in general surgery and colon & rectal surgery. The average patient rating for Dr. Raphaeli is 4.5 stars out of 5. His clinical interests include colon cancer, crohn's disease, and laparoscopic colectomy. Dr. Raphaeli's hospital/clinic affiliations include Cypress Fairbanks Medical Center Hospital, Houston Methodist, and Tomball Regional Medical Center. Dr. Raphaeli is in-network for Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Amerigroup Star, in addition to other insurance carriers. He is open to new patients. After completing medical school at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, School of Medicine and the University of Texas Medical Branch School of Medicine, he performed his residency at Virginia Mason Medical Center. Dr. Raphaeli (or staff) speaks the following languages: Hebrew and Spanish.

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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. Clint Weston Johnson, MD
Specializes in Orthopedic Trauma
9305 Pinecroft Drive; Suite 400
The Woodlands, TX
 

Dr. Clint Johnson is an orthopedic traumatologist in The Woodlands, TX. He is affiliated with Memorial Hermann The Woodlands Hospital, the University of Texas (UT) Physicians, and Houston Northwest Medical Center. He takes several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Amerigroup Star, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold. Dr. Johnson's education and training includes medical school at Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center, Paul L. Foster School of Medicine and residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston.

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Relevant Interests: , vertebroplasty, 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)

Dr. Ronald Glover Henry, MD
Specializes in Urology
135 Vision Park Boulevard
Shenandoah, TX
 

Dr. Ronald Henry works as an urologist in Shenandoah, TX, Conroe, TX, and Huntsville, TX. His clinical interests include incontinence and prostate cancer. Dr. Henry is professionally affiliated with Memorial Hermann The Woodlands Hospital. He graduated from the University of Texas Medical School at Houston and Baylor College of Medicine and then he performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston and a hospital affiliated with the University of Hawaii at Manoa. His patients gave him an average rating of 4.5 out of 5 stars. 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. Dr. Henry has received professional recognition including the following: Texas Super Doctors.

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Clinical Interests: Incontinence, Prostate Cancer

2013 Procedure Details

Source: Medicare Provider Utilization and Payment Data

  • Volume: 18
  • Charge (avg.): $1,627
  • Negotiated Rate (avg.): $798
Dr. Mohammed-Tarek Tarek Al-Fahl, MD
Specializes in Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery, Sports Medicine
9319 Pinecroft Drive; Suite 200
The Woodlands, TX
 

Dr. M. Al-Fahl is a physician who specializes in orthopedics/orthopedic surgery and sports medicine. Dr. Al-Fahl's clinical interests include arthroscopic surgery, pain, and sports health. He accepts Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and HealthSmart, in addition to other insurance carriers. He studied medicine at UMDNJ-Robert Wood Johnson Medical School. For his residency, Dr. Al-Fahl trained at a hospital affiliated with Temple University. Dr. Al-Fahl's professional affiliations include Tomball Regional Medical Center and Memorial Hermann The Woodlands Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , arthroscopic surgery

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

Dr. Drew Aric Dylewski, MD
Specializes in Urology
1011 Medical Plaza Drive; Suite 250
The Woodlands, TX
 

Dr. Drew Dylewski's medical specialty is urology (urinary tract disease). His patients gave him an average rating of 3.0 out of 5 stars. He has a special interest in robotic surgery. Dr. Dylewski takes Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and United Healthcare Choice, as well as other insurance carriers. He is a graduate of Duke University School of Medicine and Baylor College of Medicine and a graduate of Duke University Medical Center's residency program. He is professionally affiliated with Tomball Regional Medical Center and Memorial Hermann The Woodlands Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , robotic surgery

All Interests: Robotic Surgery

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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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