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We found 28 providers matching minimally invasive surgery and who accept Western Health Advantage HMO near Greenbrae, CA.

Dr. Crystine Mengchao Lee, MD
Specializes in General Surgery, Bariatric Surgery, Trauma Surgery
5 Bon Air Road; Suite 101
Larkspur, CA
 

Dr. Crystine Lee's specialties are general surgery, bariatric surgery, and trauma surgery. She practices in Larkspur, CA, Novato, CA, and Sonoma, CA. Dr. Lee's clinical interests include laparoscopic surgery and robotic surgery. Her professional affiliations include Marin General Hospital and Novato Community Hospital. She takes several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Western Health Advantage, and Blue Shield. New patients are welcome to contact Dr. Lee's office for an appointment. After completing medical school at Stanford University School of Medicine, she performed her residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF). She has received professional recognition including the following: [415] Top Doctor, Marin Magazine. She speaks Mandarin.

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Relevant Interests: , laparoscopic weight loss surgery, laparoscopic gallbladder removal, laparoscopic surgery, robotic surgery

All Interests: Cancer Surgery, Achalasia, Thyroid Surgery, Lymphadenectomy, Sleeve Gastrectomy, Hiatal Hernia, ... (Read more)

2013 Procedure Details

  • Medicare Volume: 45
  • Uninsured Cost: $962 - $1,521
  • Medicare Cost: $432 - $705
Dr. Brian Wei-En Su, MD
Specializes in Spine Surgery, Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery
2 Bon Air Road; Suite 120
Larkspur, CA
 

Dr. Brian Su's specialties are spine surgery and orthopedics/orthopedic surgery. He practices in Larkspur, CA. He attended Columbia University, College of Physicians and Surgeons and then went on to complete his residency at Columbia University Medical Center. His average rating from his patients is 4.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Su is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Blue Shield, Health Net, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield. He has received the following distinctions: Active in spinal surgery research and device innovation and Director of Spine Surgery, Marin Spine and Bran Institute. Dr. Su is conversant in Mandarin. He is affiliated with Marin General Hospital. He is open to new patients.

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2013 Procedure Details

  • Medicare Volume: 14
  • Uninsured Cost: $4,046
  • Medicare Cost: $521
Dr. Alexis April Cardellini, MD
Specializes in General Obstetrics & Gynecology
100a Drakes Landing Road; Suite 225
Greenbrae, CA
 

Dr. Alexis Cardellini sees patients in Greenbrae, CA. Her medical specialty is general obstetrics & gynecology. Her areas of clinical interest consist of minimally invasive surgery and women's health issues. She is professionally affiliated with Marin General Hospital and Novato Community Hospital. Dr. Cardellini is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Western Health Advantage, and Blue Shield. Her practice is open to new patients. Dr. Cardellini graduated from Penn State College of Medicine. She trained at a hospital affiliated with Baylor College of Medicine for her residency. She has received professional recognition including the following: [415] Top Doctor, Marin Magazine. Dr. Cardellini speaks Spanish.

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Relevant Interests: , minimally invasive surgery, laparoscopic surgery

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

Dr. Brian Lippman Strunk, MD
Specializes in Adult Cardiology, Interventional Cardiology
2 Bon Air Road; #100
Larkspur, CA
 

Dr. Brian Strunk practices adult cardiology and interventional cardiology. Dr. Strunk attended Harvard Medical School and subsequently trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of Pennsylvania for residency. His patients gave him an average rating of 4.5 out of 5 stars. He accepts Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, CIGNA Plans, and more. His distinctions include: 'Best cardiologists' in San Francisco magazine; Best Doctors in America; and [415] Top Doctor, Marin Magazine. Dr. Strunk's professional affiliations include Sutter Medical Network, Marin General Hospital, and Brown & Toland Physicians. He welcomes new patients.

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2013 Procedure Details

  • Medicare Volume: 32
  • Uninsured Cost: $1,118
  • Medicare Cost: $524
Dr. Tancredi F D Amore, MD
Specializes in Plastic Surgery, Hand Surgery
21 Tamal Vista Boulevard; Suite 103
Corte Madera, CA
 

Dr. Tancredi D'amore is a specialist in plastic surgery and hand surgery. He works in Corte Madera, CA and San Francisco, CA. Dr. D'amore (or staff) is conversant in Spanish, French, and Italian. Dr. D'amore's areas of expertise include the following: eyelid surgery, tummy tuck (abdominoplasty), and dermabrasion. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Marin General Hospital and San Francisco VA Medical Center (SFVAMC). He studied medicine at the University of Lausanne Faculty of Biology and Medicine. He trained at a hospital affiliated with Tulane University for residency. Dr. D'amore has received a 4.5 out of 5 star rating by his patients. He honors Blue Shield, Health Net, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield, as well as other insurance carriers. Awards and/or distinctions Dr. D'amore has received include San Francisco Super Doctors and [415] Top Doctor, Marin Magazine. He is accepting new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , endoscopic surgery

All Interests: Eyelid Surgery, Dermabrasion, Breast Augmentation, Microsurgery, Breast Surgery, Nose Surgery, ... (Read more)

Dr. Sujatha D Pathi, MD
Specializes in Obstetrics, Urogynecology
100a Drakes Landing Road; Suite 255
Greenbrae, CA
 

Dr. Sujatha Pathi is a specialist in obstetrics and urogynecology. Areas of particular interest for Dr. Pathi include minimally invasive surgery. She is professionally affiliated with Marin General Hospital. After completing medical school at the University of Southern California (USC), Keck School of Medicine, she performed her residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). Her average rating from her patients is 4.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Pathi is in-network for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Western Health Advantage, and more. She has received professional recognition including the following: American Urogynecologic Society, best paper basic science; American Urogynecologic Society, Astellas / AUGS Foundation Research Award; and Foundation for Excellence in Women's Health Care, Excellence in Clinical Research. She is accepting new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , minimally invasive surgery

All Interests: Minimally Invasive Surgery

Dr. Edward John Alfrey, MD
Specializes in General Surgery, Transplant Surgery
5 Bon Air Road; Suite 101
Larkspur, CA
 

Dr. Edward Alfrey's specialties are general surgery and transplant surgery. In his practice, Dr. Alfrey focuses on robotic surgery and laparoscopic surgery. Dr. Alfrey takes Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Western Health Advantage, Blue Shield, and more. After completing medical school at the University of Colorado Denver School of Medicine, he performed his residency at Arizona Health Sciences Center. His distinctions include: Excellence in Teaching Surgery Residents, Southern Illinois University and [415] Top Doctor, Marin Magazine. He is professionally affiliated with Marin General Hospital. Dr. Alfrey's practice is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , laparoscopic surgery, robotic surgery

All Interests: Laparoscopic Surgery, Surgical Procedures, Minimally Invasive Procedures, Robotic Surgery

2013 Procedure Details

  • Medicare Volume: 15
  • Uninsured Cost: $1,500
  • Medicare Cost: $690
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Specializes in Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery
18 Bon Air Road
Larkspur, CA
 

Dr. John Keohane works as an orthopedic surgeon. Dr. Keohane is professionally affiliated with Marin General Hospital. He attended medical school at the University of Minnesota Medical School. For his residency, Dr. Keohane trained at St. Mary's Medical Center, San Francisco. His average rating from his patients is 4.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Keohane accepts several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Western Health Advantage, and Blue Shield. He has received distinctions including San Francisco Super Doctors; Harbor General Hospital Award for Outstanding Performance in Surgery; and Physician for United States Ski Team 1981-current. New patients are welcome to contact his office for an appointment.

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2013 Procedure Details

  • Medicare Volume: 31
  • Uninsured Cost: $1,973 - $4,080
  • Medicare Cost: $502 - $626
Dr. Sabrina Ann Kidd, MD
Specializes in General Surgery, Colon & Rectal Surgery
5 Bon Air Road; Suite 101
Larkspur, CA
 

Dr. Sabrina Kidd's medical specialty is general surgery and colon & rectal surgery. Her areas of expertise include laparoscopic surgery. She is in-network for Blue Shield, Health Net, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and more. Dr. Kidd attended Tulane University School of Medicine and subsequently trained at a hospital affiliated with Michigan State University (MSU) for residency. She has received professional recognition including the following: [415] Top Doctor, Marin Magazine. She is affiliated with Marin General Hospital. New patients are welcome to contact Dr. Kidd's office for an appointment.

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Relevant Interests: , laparoscopic surgery

All Interests: Laparoscopic Surgery, Surgical Procedures, Minimally Invasive Procedures

Dr. Patrick Mulvey Bennett, MD
Specializes in Urology
1000 South Eliseo Drive; Suite 201
Greenbrae, CA
 

Dr. Patrick Bennett practices urology (urinary tract disease). He has a 3.5 out of 5 star average patient rating. In his practice, he is particularly interested in robotic surgery. Dr. Bennett is professionally affiliated with Marin General Hospital and Novato Community Hospital. He takes Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Western Health Advantage, as well as other insurance carriers. He welcomes new patients. Dr. Bennett graduated from the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF), School of Medicine. For his residency, Dr. Bennett trained at Massachusetts General Hospital. He has received distinctions including [415] Top Doctor, Marin Magazine and San Francisco Super Doctors. In addition to English, he speaks French.

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Relevant Interests: , robotic surgery

All Interests: Robotic Surgery

2013 Procedure Details

  • Medicare Volume: 18
  • Uninsured Cost: $2,345
  • Medicare Cost: $895
Dr. Robert H Byers, MD
Specializes in Spine Surgery, Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery
2 Bon Air Road; #120
Larkspur, CA
 

Dr. Robert Byers specializes in spine surgery and orthopedics/orthopedic surgery. He graduated from George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences and then he performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF). His average patient rating is 4.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Byers is an in-network provider for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Western Health Advantage, and Blue Shield, in addition to other insurance carriers. Distinctions awarded to Dr. Byers include: San Francisco Super Doctors; Ordronaux Award, Highest Scholastic Standing from Medical School; and Top Physicians, San Francisco Chronicle. He is professionally affiliated with Marin General Hospital. Dr. Byers is accepting new patients.

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2013 Procedure Details

  • Medicare Volume: 11
  • Uninsured Cost: $3,705
  • Medicare Cost: $509
Dr. Brian E Demuth, MD
Specializes in General Obstetrics & Gynecology
100a Drakes Landing Road; Suite 225
Greenbrae, CA
 

Dr. Brian Demuth specializes in general obstetrics & gynecology and practices in Greenbrae, CA. He is conversant in Spanish. Dr. Demuth has a special interest in minimally invasive surgery. He is professionally affiliated with Marin General Hospital. After completing medical school at the University of Arizona College of Medicine, he performed his residency at Arizona Health Sciences Center. Patients rated Dr. Demuth highly, giving him an average of 5.0 stars out of 5. He honors several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Western Health Advantage, and Blue Shield. Dr. Demuth has received the following distinction: [415] Top Doctor, Marin Magazine. New patients are welcome to contact his office for an appointment.

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Relevant Interests: , minimally invasive surgery

All Interests: Minimally Invasive Surgery

Dr. Laura K Pak, MD
Specializes in Vascular Surgery
1100 S Eliseo Drive; Suite 2a
Greenbrae, CA
 

Dr. Laura Pak is a physician who specializes in vascular surgery. She is especially interested in vascular surgery procedures. Dr. Pak is in-network for Blue Shield, Health Net, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield, as well as other insurance carriers. After attending the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, she completed her residency training at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF). She has received the following distinctions: San Francisco Super Doctors; [415] Top Doctor, Marin Magazine; and Super Doctor, San Francisco Chronicle. She is professionally affiliated with Marin General Hospital and Novato Community Hospital. Dr. Pak's practice is open to new patients.

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Clinical Interests: Vascular Surgery Procedures, Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm, Limb Preservation, Peripheral Vascular ... (Read more)

2013 Procedure Details

  • Medicare Volume: 16
  • Uninsured Cost: $2,684
  • Medicare Cost: $1,270
Dr. Rhunjay James Yu, MD
Specializes in Urologic Oncology, Surgical Oncology
1000 S Eliseo Drive; Suite 201
Greenbrae, CA
 

Dr. R. Yu practices urologic oncology and surgical oncology (cancer surgery). Dr. Yu is especially interested in robotic surgery. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Marin General Hospital and VA Palo Alto Health Care System (VAPAHCS). Blue Shield, Health Net, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Yu honors. New patients are welcome to contact his office for an appointment. After attending the University of Southern California (USC), Keck School of Medicine, Dr. Yu completed his residency training at Stanford Hospital & Clinics. Dr. Yu (or staff) speaks the following foreign languages: Mandarin and Spanish.

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Relevant Interests: , robotic surgery

All Interests: Surgical Procedures, Minimally Invasive Procedures, Robotic Surgery

Dr. Michael J Oechsel, MD
Specializes in Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery
18 Bon Air Road
Larkspur, CA
 

Dr. Michael Oechsel sees patients in Larkspur, CA. His medical specialty is orthopedics/orthopedic surgery. Before completing his residency at Los Angeles County+USC Medical Center, Dr. Oechsel attended medical school at Georgetown University School of Medicine. Dr. Oechsel's average patient rating is 3.5 stars out of 5. He is in-network for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Western Health Advantage, and Blue Shield, as well as other insurance carriers. Awards and/or distinctions he has received include San Francisco Super Doctors; [415] Top Doctor, Marin Magazine; and Top Physicians, San Francisco Chronicle. He is professionally affiliated with Marin General Hospital. Dr. Oechsel is open to new patients.

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2013 Procedure Details

  • Medicare Volume: 33
  • Uninsured Cost: $1,959 - $1,973
  • Medicare Cost: $287 - $706
Dr. Harry Neuwirth, MD
Specializes in Urology
1000 S. Eliseo Drive; Suite #201
Greenbrae, CA
 

Dr. Harry Neuwirth is an urology (urinary tract disease) specialist. In addition to English, he speaks French. Areas of particular interest for Dr. Neuwirth include robotic surgery. He is professionally affiliated with Marin General Hospital and Novato Community Hospital. He graduated from Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and then he performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). Patients gave him an average rating of 4.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Neuwirth is an in-network provider for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Western Health Advantage, in addition to other insurance carriers. He has received the distinction of [415] Top Doctor, Marin Magazine. His practice is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , robotic surgery

All Interests: Robotic Surgery

2013 Procedure Details

  • Medicare Volume: 24
  • Uninsured Cost: $2,345
  • Medicare Cost: $895

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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.