We found 47 providers matching minimally invasive surgery and who accept United Healthcare PPO near East Palo Alto, CA.

Dr. John Jih Jong Feng, MD
Specializes in Bariatric Surgery
795 El Camino Real; Jamplis Building, Level A
Palo Alto, CA
 

Dr. John Feng's area of specialization is bariatric surgery. He is rated highly by his patients. Dr. Feng has a special interest in weight loss surgery (bariatric surgery). He is affiliated with Sutter Medical Network and Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group. He is in-network for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and TRICARE, as well as other insurance carriers. His practice is open to new patients. Dr. Feng's education and training includes medical school at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF), School of Medicine and residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF). In addition to English, Dr. Feng (or staff) speaks Mandarin and Spanish.

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Relevant Interests: , laparoscopic weight loss surgery, robotic surgery

All Interests: Achalasia, Sleeve Gastrectomy, Surgical Procedures, Pancreas Problems, Gallbladder Removal Surgery, ... (Read more)

Dr. Pei Hsuan Tsau, MD
Specializes in Cardiothoracic Surgery
87 Encina Avenue; Encina Building, 1st Floor
Palo Alto, CA
 

Dr. Pei Tsau is a cardiothoracic surgeon. Her professional affiliations include Sutter Medical Network and Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group. She takes Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and TRICARE, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Tsau welcomes new patients. After completing medical school at the University of Arizona College of Medicine, she performed her residency at Arizona Health Sciences Center. She speaks Mandarin and Taiwanese.

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Relevant Interests: , minimally invasive valve surgery, VATS lung surgery

All Interests: Heart Bypass Surgery, Atrial Fibrillation, Vascular Surgery Procedures, Minimally Invasive Valve ... (Read more)

Dr. Tomomi Oka, MD
Specializes in Thoracic Surgery, Critical Care
87 Encina Avenue
Palo Alto, CA
 

Dr. Tomomi Oka is a chest surgeon and intensive care specialist in Palo Alto, CA, Burlingame, CA, and San Carlos, CA. Areas of expertise for Dr. Oka include thoracic (chest) surgery procedures. He is in-network for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, TRICARE, and more. After completing medical school at Keio University, he performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with Brown University. In addition to English, Dr. Oka speaks Japanese. He is affiliated with Sutter Medical Network, Mills-Peninsula Health Services, and Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group. He welcomes new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , minimally invasive surgery

All Interests: Sclerotherapy, Thoracic Cancer, Thoracic Surgery Procedures, Mediastinal Tumor, Minimally Invasive ... (Read more)

Dr. Beemen N Khalil, MS, MD
Specializes in Bariatric Surgery
795 El Camino Real
Palo Alto, CA
 

Dr. Beemen Khalil is a specialist in bariatric surgery. Patients rated him highly, giving him an average of 4.5 stars out of 5. Areas of expertise for Dr. Khalil include weight loss surgery (bariatric surgery). Dr. Khalil is an in-network provider for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and TRICARE, as well as other insurance carriers. He is a graduate of St. George's University School of Medicine. Dr. Khalil trained at Harlem Hospital Center for his residency. He speaks Arabic. He is affiliated with Sutter Medical Network and Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group. Dr. Khalil is accepting new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , laparoscopic weight loss surgery, robotic surgery

All Interests: Achalasia, Sleeve Gastrectomy, Surgical Procedures, Gallbladder Removal Surgery, Hemorrhoids, ... (Read more)

2013 Procedure Details

  • Medicare Volume: 11
  • Uninsured Cost: $790
  • Medicare Cost: $191
Dr. Mary Ellen Gardner, DO
Specializes in General Obstetrics & Gynecology
795 El Camino Real
Palo Alto, CA
 

Dr. Mary Parman's specialty is general obstetrics & gynecology. Dr. Parman is rated highly by her patients. She is especially interested in women's health issues. She honors Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and TRICARE, in addition to other insurance carriers. She graduated from Touro University College of Osteopathic Medicine and then she performed her residency at Kaiser Permanente Santa Clara Medical Center. Her professional affiliations include Sutter Medical Network, Lucile Packard Children's Hospital Stanford, and Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group. Dr. Parman welcomes new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , laparoscopic surgery

All Interests: Incontinence, Sexual Dysfunction, Fibroids, Women's Health Issues, Abnormal Uterine Bleeding, ... (Read more)

Dr. Andrew Philip Gutow, MD
Specializes in Hand Surgery, Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery, Sports Medicine
795 El Camino Real
Palo Alto, CA
 

Dr. Andrew Gutow works as a hand surgeon, orthopedist, and sports medicine specialist in Palo Alto, CA and Mountain View, CA. His areas of expertise include hand surgery procedures, sports health, and musculoskeletal surgery. His professional affiliations include Sutter Medical Network, Lucile Packard Children's Hospital Stanford, and Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group. Before completing his residency at Yale-New Haven Hospital, Dr. Gutow attended medical school at the University of Michigan Medical School. Dr. Gutow has a 4.0 out of 5 star average patient rating. He honors Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and TRICARE, in addition to other insurance carriers. He is accepting new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , wrist arthroscopy, endoscopic carpal tunnel surgery

All Interests: Sports Health, Hand Fracture, Dupuytren's Contracture, Wrist Problems, Elbow Problems, Soft Tissue ... (Read more)

Dr. Sung H Chun, MD
Specializes in Adult Cardiology, Cardiac Electrophysiology
795 El Camino Real
Palo Alto, CA
 

Dr. Sung Chun's medical specialty is adult cardiology and cardiac electrophysiology (heart rhythm). His average patient rating is 4.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Chun is especially interested in heart problems and electrophysiological (EP) study. He is in-network for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and TRICARE, as well as other insurance carriers. After attending George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences for medical school, he completed his residency training at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). He is conversant in Korean. Dr. Chun's professional affiliations include Sutter Medical Network, Mills-Peninsula Health Services, and Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group. He is open to new patients.

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Clinical Interests: Atrial Fibrillation, Heart Problems, Catheter Ablation, Electrophysiological Study, Ventricular ... (Read more)

2013 Procedure Details

  • Medicare Volume: 12
  • Uninsured Cost: $2,082
  • Medicare Cost: $548
Dr. Nellis Allan Smith, MD
Specializes in Adult Cardiology, Nuclear Cardiology, Cardiac Electrophysiology
1950 University Avenue; Suite 160
E Palo Alto, CA
 

Dr. Nellis Smith's areas of specialization are adult cardiology, nuclear cardiology, and cardiac electrophysiology (heart rhythm). Patient ratings for Dr. Smith average 4.0 stars out of 5. His clinical interests include heart problems and nuclear scan. Dr. Smith takes several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and TRICARE. Before completing his residency at Stanford University Medical Center, Dr. Smith attended medical school at the University of Texas Medical Branch School of Medicine. His professional affiliations include Sutter Medical Network and Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group. He is accepting new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , cardiac resynchronization therapy (CRT)

All Interests: Sports Health, Atrial Fibrillation, Cardiomyopathy, Implantable Loop Recorder, Nuclear Stress Test, ... (Read more)

Dr. Melissa Huang Szu-Min Kong, MD
Specializes in Adult Cardiology, Cardiac Electrophysiology
1950 University Avenue; Suite 160
E Palo Alto, CA
 

Dr. Melissa Kong's medical specialty is adult cardiology and cardiac electrophysiology (heart rhythm). Dr. Kong's clinical interests include heart problems and electrophysiological (EP) study. She honors Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and TRICARE, as well as other insurance carriers. Her education and training includes medical school at Duke University School of Medicine and residency at Duke University Medical Center. Dr. Kong is affiliated with Sutter Medical Network, Mills-Peninsula Health Services, and Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group. Her practice is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , cardiac resynchronization therapy (CRT)

All Interests: Atrial Fibrillation, Cardiomyopathy, Invasive Cardiology, Hypertension, Non-Invasive Cardiology, ... (Read more)

2013 Procedure Details

  • Medicare Volume: 24
  • Uninsured Cost: $2,300
  • Medicare Cost: $573
Dr. Colin L Eakin, MD
Specializes in Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery, Sports Medicine
795 El Camino Real
Palo Alto, CA
 

Dr. Colin Eakin's medical specialty is orthopedics/orthopedic surgery and sports medicine. He graduated from the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF), School of Medicine and then he performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF). His clinical interests include musculoskeletal surgery. Dr. Eakin is rated 4.5 stars out of 5 by his patients. He is in-network for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, TRICARE, and more. He is conversant in Spanish. Dr. Eakin is professionally affiliated with Sutter Medical Network and Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group. He has an open panel.

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Relevant Interests: , knee arthroscopy, shoulder arthroscopy, elbow arthroscopy

All Interests: Meniscus Repair, Radial Head Replacement, Sports Health, Elbow Arthroscopy, Elbow Problems, ... (Read more)

2013 Procedure Details

  • Medicare Volume: 165
  • Uninsured Cost: $1,574 - $4,462
  • Medicare Cost: $193 - $1,223
Dr. Warren D King, MD
Specializes in Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery, Sports Medicine
795 El Camino Real
Palo Alto, CA
 

Dr. Warren King practices orthopedics/orthopedic surgery and sports medicine in Palo Alto, CA. He is rated highly by his patients. Dr. King's areas of expertise include musculoskeletal surgery. Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and TRICARE are among the insurance carriers that Dr. King takes. Dr. King attended medical school at the University of Southern California (USC), Keck School of Medicine. He trained at Los Angeles County+USC Medical Center for his residency. In addition to English, he speaks Spanish. He is professionally affiliated with Sutter Medical Network, Eden Medical Center, and Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group. Dr. King's practice is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , wrist arthroscopy, robotic surgery, endoscopic carpal tunnel surgery, knee arthroscopy, shoulder arthroscopy, elbow arthroscopy

All Interests: Meniscus Repair, Radial Head Replacement, Sports Health, Elbow Arthroscopy, Foot Surgery, Wrist ... (Read more)

2013 Procedure Details

  • Medicare Volume: 131
  • Uninsured Cost: $1,298 - $4,540
  • Medicare Cost: $184 - $1,163
Dr. Andrew Bruce Epstein, MD
Specializes in Urology
795 El Camino Real
Palo Alto, CA
 

Dr. Andrew Epstein's specialty is urology (urinary tract disease). He is rated 4.5 stars out of 5 by his patients. Dr. Epstein's clinical interests include urologic (genitourinary) disorders. He is affiliated with Sutter Medical Network and Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group. He accepts several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and TRICARE. Dr. Epstein's practice is open to new patients. He graduated from the University of Arizona College of Medicine. His medical residency was performed at a hospital affiliated with the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio.

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Relevant Interests: , laser prostate surgery, laparoscopic nephrectomy

All Interests: Urologic Cancer, Female Urologic Disorders, Urologic Disorders, Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia, Male ... (Read more)

Dr. Diana Aung, MD
Specializes in General Obstetrics & Gynecology
370 Distel Circle
Los Altos, CA
 

Dr. Diana Aung is a specialist in general obstetrics & gynecology. She works in San Jose, CA and Los Altos, CA. Patient reviews placed her at an average of 4.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Aung has a special interest in women's health issues. She is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and TRICARE. She graduated from Northwestern University, Feinberg School of Medicine. For her residency, Dr. Aung trained at Magee Women's Hospital. In addition to English, Dr. Aung speaks Spanish. Her hospital/clinic affiliations include Sutter Medical Network, Good Samaritan Hospital, and Lucile Packard Children's Hospital Stanford. Dr. Aung has an open panel.

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Relevant Interests: , minimally invasive surgery, vaginal hysterectomy, laparoscopic surgery

All Interests: Adolescent Gynecology, Hysteroscopy, Cervical Dysplasia, Vaginal Birth after Cesarean, ... (Read more)

Dr. Joseph Quoc Ta, MD
Specializes in Other, Otolaryngology
795 El Camino Real; Jamplis Building, Level 2
Palo Alto, CA
 

Dr. Joseph Ta is an otolaryngology (ear, nose, and throat) specialist. Dr. Ta accepts Health Net ELECT POS, United Healthcare Plans, and United Healthcare EPO, as well as other insurance carriers. He attended Georgetown University School of Medicine and then went on to complete his residency at Loma Linda University Medical Center. Dr. Ta (or staff) speaks Spanish and Vietnamese. Dr. Ta is professionally affiliated with Sutter Medical Network and Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group. He is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , sinuplasty

All Interests: Facial Problems, Snoring, Nose Problems, Salivary Gland Problems, Facial Surgery, Neck Surgery, ... (Read more)

Dr. Roy W Hong, MD
Specializes in Plastic Surgery
795 El Camino Real
Palo Alto, CA
 

Dr. Roy Hong is a specialist in plastic surgery. He works in Palo Alto, CA and Los Altos, CA. On average, patients gave him a rating of 4.5 stars out of 5. Clinical interests for Dr. Hong include eyelid surgery, thigh lift, and tummy tuck (abdominoplasty). His hospital/clinic affiliations include Sutter Medical Network and Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group. Dr. Hong is an in-network provider for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and TRICARE, in addition to other insurance carriers. His practice is open to new patients. He is a graduate of Columbia University, College of Physicians and Surgeons. For his residency, Dr. Hong trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of Washington.

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Relevant Interests: , minimally invasive surgery, endoscopic surgery

All Interests: Dermabrasion, Breast Augmentation, Dupuytren's Contracture, Endoscopic Surgery, Eyelid Problems, ... (Read more)

Dr. Frank S Chen, MD
Specializes in Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery, Sports Medicine
795 El Camino Real
Palo Alto, CA
 

Dr. Frank Chen's areas of specialization are orthopedics/orthopedic surgery and sports medicine. His areas of expertise include sports health and musculoskeletal surgery. Patient reviews placed Dr. Chen at an average of 4.5 stars out of 5. He takes Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and TRICARE, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Chen graduated from Brown University, Alpert Medical School. He is conversant in Mandarin. He is affiliated with Sutter Medical Network and Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group. He is accepting new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , knee arthroscopy, shoulder arthroscopy, elbow arthroscopy

All Interests: Meniscus Repair, Radial Head Replacement, Sports Health, ACL Injury, Elbow Arthroscopy, Elbow ... (Read more)

2013 Procedure Details

  • Medicare Volume: 123
  • Uninsured Cost: $1,222 - $4,342
  • Medicare Cost: $171 - $1,157

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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.