We found 20 providers matching minimally invasive surgery and who accept Blue Cross Blue Shield Catastrophic near The Woodlands, TX.

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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's specialties are cardiac surgery, general surgery, and vascular surgery. He attended medical school at Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center, Paul L. Foster School of Medicine. Dr. Kitten's training includes a residency program at a hospital affiliated with Baylor College of Medicine. His areas of expertise include the following: video-assisted thoracoscopic surgery (VATS), aortic aneurysm, and heart valve disease. Patient ratings for Dr. Kitten average 4.5 stars out of 5. 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. He is conversant in Spanish. He is affiliated with Cypress Fairbanks Medical Center Hospital, Tomball Regional Medical Center, and Houston Methodist. He is open to new patients.

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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)

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 is a cardiac surgeon, vascular surgeon, and chest surgeon. He attended Tulane University School of Medicine and then went on to complete his residency at Fitzsimons Army Medical Center and Ochsner Medical Center. Clinical interests for Dr. Stroud include video-assisted thoracoscopic surgery (VATS), minor surgery, and mitral valve disease. Dr. Stroud accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, in addition to other insurance carriers. He is affiliated with Cypress Fairbanks Medical Center Hospital, Houston Methodist, and Tomball Regional Medical Center. New patients are welcome to contact his office for an appointment.

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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)

Dr. Mark Menefee Mettauer, MD
Specializes in Cardiac Surgery, General Surgery, Thoracic Surgery
17350 St. Luke's Way; Suite 470
The Woodlands, TX
 

Dr. Mark Mettauer works as a heart surgeon, general surgeon, and thoracic surgeon. Dr. Mettauer is conversant in Spanish. His areas of expertise include the following: video-assisted thoracoscopic surgery (VATS), arrhythmias (irregular heartbeats), and aortic aneurysm. He is affiliated with Cypress Fairbanks Medical Center Hospital, Houston Methodist, and Tomball Regional Medical Center. Dr. Mettauer attended medical school at Texas A & M Health Science Center College of Medicine. His medical residency was performed at Scott and White Healthcare and Texas Heart Institute. He has a 5.0 out of 5 star average patient rating. He takes Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, in addition to other insurance carriers. 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)

Dr. Jon-Cecil Martin Walkes, MD
Specializes in Vascular Surgery, Cardiothoracic Surgery
9201 Pinecroft Drive; Suite 210
Shenandoah, TX
 

Dr. Jon-Cecil Walkes is a specialist in vascular surgery and cardiothoracic surgery. He works in Shenandoah, TX. He honors 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 California, Los Angeles (UCLA), David Geffen School of Medicine and residency at a hospital affiliated with Baylor College of Medicine. Dr. Walkes is professionally affiliated with Memorial Hermann The Woodlands Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , minimally invasive valve surgery

All Interests: Vascular Surgery Procedures, Minimally Invasive Valve Surgery, Aortic Valve Surgery, Mitral Valve ... (Read more)

Specializes in Cardiothoracic Surgery
26400 Kuykendahl Road; Building A, Suite 250
The Woodlands, TX
 

Dr. Henry Hansen works as a cardiothoracic surgeon in The Woodlands, TX and College Station, TX. Dr. Hansen is in-network for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, as well as other insurance carriers. He attended medical school at Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center, Paul L. Foster School of Medicine. He has received the distinction of Texas Super Doctors.

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2013 Procedure Details

Source: Medicare Provider Utilization and Payment Data

  • Volume: 13
  • Charge (avg.): $1,447
  • 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. Eric William Price, MD
Specializes in Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery
17198 St Luke's Way; Suite 600
The Woodlands, TX
 

Dr. Eric Price is a specialist in orthopedics/orthopedic surgery. Patient ratings for Dr. Price average 5.0 stars out of 5. Areas of expertise for Dr. Price include knee problems, arthroscopic surgery, and cancer. He is professionally affiliated with Houston Methodist. Dr. Price 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. He is a graduate of the University of Texas Medical Branch School of Medicine. Dr. Price's training includes a residency program at a hospital affiliated with the University of Alabama. He has received professional recognition including the following: Texas Super Doctors.

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Relevant Interests: , arthroscopic surgery

All Interests: Sports Health, Musculoskeletal Pain, Wrist Problems, Elbow Problems, Shoulder Problems, Fractures, ... (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. 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. James Leland Strickland, PhD, MD
Specializes in Interventional Cardiology, Cardiac Electrophysiology
9303 Pincecroft Drive; Suite 250
The Woodlands, TX
 

Dr. James Strickland is an interventional cardiologist and cardiac electrophysiologist. Clinical interests for Dr. Strickland include ablation, implantable cardioverter-defibrillator (ICD), and electrophysiological (EP) study. He is in-network for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Aetna Medicare, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Strickland attended the University of Texas Medical School at Houston for medical school and subsequently trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston for residency. He speaks Spanish. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Houston Methodist, Tomball Regional Medical Center, and Memorial Hermann - Texas Medical Center (TMC). Dr. Strickland has an open panel.

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Clinical Interests: Atrial Fibrillation, Heart Problems, Arrhythmias, Electrophysiological Study, Syncope, Implantable ... (Read more)

2013 Procedure Details

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  • Volume: 57
  • Charge (avg.): $1,125 - $2,700
  • Negotiated Rate (avg.): $425 - $863
Dr. Christine Mihee Lee, MD
Specializes in Gynecologic Oncology
9200 Pinecroft; Suite 450
The Woodlands, TX
 

Dr. Christine Lee practices gynecologic oncology. Dr. Lee graduated from the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School and Wayne State University School of Medicine. Her residency was performed at Memorial Hermann and a hospital affiliated with the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston. These areas are among her clinical interests: gynecologic procedures and da vinci surgery. The average patient rating for Dr. Lee is 3.0 stars out of 5. She accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Lee is affiliated with Memorial Hermann Sugar Land Hospital, Houston Methodist, and Memorial Hermann The Woodlands Hospital. New patients are welcome to contact her office for an appointment.

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Relevant Interests: , robotic surgery, da Vinci surgery

All Interests: Gynecologic Procedures, Da Vinci Surgery, Robotic Surgery

2013 Procedure Details

Source: Medicare Provider Utilization and Payment Data

  • Volume: 23
  • Charge (avg.): $3,053
  • Negotiated Rate (avg.): $994
Dr. Ryan Goodson Steward, MD
Specializes in Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility
9200 Pinecroft Drive; Suite 480
The Woodlands, TX
 

Dr. Ryan Steward practices reproductive endocrinology and infertility in Tomball, TX, Houston, TX, and The Woodlands, TX. Dr. Steward's clinical interests include high risk pregnancy, amenorrhea (missed periods), and dysfunctional uterine bleeding. Patient ratings for Dr. Steward average 5.0 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 Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold. Before completing his residency at Memorial Hermann and a hospital affiliated with the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston, Dr. Steward attended medical school at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, School of Medicine. He is affiliated with Memorial Hermann Sugar Land Hospital, Houston Methodist, and Tomball Regional Medical Center. He welcomes new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , operative hysteroscopy

All Interests: Amenorrhea, Dysfunctional Uterine Bleeding, Hysteroscopy, High Risk Pregnancy, Endometriosis, ... (Read more)

Dr. Kevin Michael Moran, MD
Specializes in Spine Surgery, Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery
3115 College Park Drive; Suite 112
Conroe, TX
 

Dr. Kevin Moran practices spine surgery and orthopedics/orthopedic surgery. He graduated from the University of Texas Medical School at Houston and then he performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences. Clinical interests for Dr. Moran include knee problems, arthroscopic surgery, and replacement arthroplasty (joint replacement). Patient reviews placed him at an average of 4.0 stars out of 5. He takes several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold. Dr. Moran speaks Spanish. He is affiliated with Houston Northwest Medical Center.

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Relevant Interests: , arthroscopic surgery

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

Dr. Steven Wayne Sukin, MD
Specializes in Urology
17198 St Lukes Way; Suite 410
The Woodlands, TX
 

Dr. Steven Sukin is an urology (urinary tract disease) specialist. These areas are among his clinical interests: male infertility, robotic radical prostatectomy, and erectile dysfunction (impotence). Dr. Sukin takes Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, as well as other insurance carriers. He obtained his medical school training at Tufts University School of Medicine and performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with Baylor College of Medicine. Dr. Sukin has received the distinction of Texas Super Doctors. He is professionally affiliated with Tomball Regional Medical Center, Memorial Hermann The Woodlands Hospital, and Texas Oncology.

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Relevant Interests: , robotic radical prostatectomy, robotic surgery

All Interests: Prostate Problems, Incontinence, Erectile Dysfunction, Kidney Stones, Male Infertility, Vasectomy, ... (Read more)

2013 Procedure Details

Source: Medicare Provider Utilization and Payment Data

  • Volume: 19
  • Charge (avg.): $2,690
  • Negotiated Rate (avg.): $813
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. Don Louis Berardinucci, MD
Specializes in Urology
17198 St. Lukes Way; Suite 410
The Woodlands, TX
 

Dr. Don Berardinucci's area of specialization is urology (urinary tract disease). He is a graduate of Queen's University School of Medicine. His areas of clinical interest consist of cystoscopy (bladder endoscopy), infertility, and laparoscopic surgery. The average patient rating for Dr. Berardinucci is 4.0 stars out of 5. He honors Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Berardinucci speaks Spanish. He is affiliated with Houston Northwest Medical Center.

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Relevant Interests: , laparoscopic surgery

All Interests: Prostate Problems, Cystoscopy, Infertility, Vasectomy, Laparoscopic Surgery, Lithotripsy

Dr. Sandra Margaret Bello, MD
Specializes in Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility
9200 Pinecroft Drive; Suite 480
The Woodlands, TX
 

Dr. Sandra Bello, who practices in Cypress, TX, Tomball, TX, and The Woodlands, TX, is a medical specialist in reproductive endocrinology and infertility. Before completing her residency at Pennsylvania Hospital, Dr. Bello attended medical school at Michigan State University College of Human Medicine. Areas of expertise for Dr. Bello include high risk pregnancy, amenorrhea (missed periods), and dysfunctional uterine bleeding. Her average rating from her patients is 4.5 stars out of 5. She honors Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Bello's hospital/clinic affiliations include Memorial Hermann Sugar Land Hospital, Houston Methodist, and Tomball Regional Medical Center. She is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , operative hysteroscopy

All Interests: Amenorrhea, Dysfunctional Uterine Bleeding, Hysteroscopy, High Risk Pregnancy, Endometriosis, ... (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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