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We found 112 providers matching minimally invasive surgery and who accept Blue Shield HMO near Los Altos, 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 is a bariatric surgery specialist in San Carlos, CA, Palo Alto, CA, and Fremont, CA. Dr. Feng (or staff) speaks the following languages: Mandarin and Spanish. He has indicated that his clinical interests include weight loss surgery (bariatric surgery). Dr. Feng is professionally affiliated with Sutter Medical Network and Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group. He attended the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF), School of Medicine and subsequently trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) for residency. His average patient rating is 4.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Feng accepts several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and TRICARE. He has an open panel.

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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
2490 Hospital Drive; Suite 109
Mountain View, CA
 

Dr. Pei Tsau's medical specialty is cardiothoracic surgery. Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and TRICARE are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Tsau accepts. Dr. Tsau's education and training includes medical school at the University of Arizona College of Medicine and residency at Arizona Health Sciences Center. She speaks Mandarin and Taiwanese. Dr. Tsau is affiliated with Sutter Medical Network and Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group. New patients are welcome to contact her office for an appointment.

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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 medical specialist in thoracic surgery and critical care (intensive care medicine). His clinical interests encompass thoracic (chest) surgery procedures. He is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and TRICARE. Before completing his residency at a hospital affiliated with Brown University, Dr. Oka attended medical school at Keio University. He speaks Japanese. His professional affiliations include Sutter Medical Network, Mills-Peninsula Health Services, and Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group. Dr. Oka has an open panel.

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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; Lee Building, Level 3
Palo Alto, CA
 

Dr. Beemen Khalil specializes in bariatric surgery and practices in Palo Alto, CA, Fremont, CA, and Dublin, CA. He studied medicine at St. George's University School of Medicine. Dr. Khalil's medical residency was performed at Harlem Hospital Center. Areas of expertise for Dr. Khalil include weight loss surgery (bariatric surgery). His patients gave him an average rating of 4.5 out of 5 stars. Dr. Khalil honors Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, TRICARE, and more. He is conversant in Arabic. Dr. Khalil is affiliated with Sutter Medical Network and Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group. He has an open panel.

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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. Teimour Amrah Nasirov, MD
Specializes in General Surgery, Pediatric Thoracic Surgery, Pediatric Cardiac Surgery
725 Welch Road; Suite 120 (heart Center)
Palo Alto, CA
 

Dr. Teimour Nasirov practices general surgery, pediatric thoracic surgery, and pediatric cardiac surgery. Dr. Nasirov speaks Russian. His clinical interests include heart surgery. His professional affiliations include UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital Oakland, Sutter Medical Center, Sacramento, and Lucile Packard Children's Hospital Stanford. He graduated from St. George's University School of Medicine. For his professional training, Dr. Nasirov completed residency programs at Saint Vincent Catholic Medical Centers, a hospital affiliated with New York Medical College, and a hospital affiliated with the University of North Dakota. Dr. Nasirov honors several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Valley Health Plan, and Blue Shield. He has received the following distinction: Sacramento Super Doctors. He welcomes new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , minimally invasive cardiac surgery, robotic surgery

All Interests: Pericarditis, Lung Transplant, Weight Management, Lung Problems, Heart Transplant, Heart Surgery, ... (Read more)

Dr. Prithvi Singh Legha, MD
Specializes in Bariatric Surgery
701 E El Camino Real
Mountain View, CA
 

Dr. Prithvi Legha is a bariatric surgeon in Mountain View, CA. His education and training includes medical school at Oxford University Medical School and residency at a hospital affiliated with McGill University. In his practice, he is particularly interested in gastric bypass surgery. Patient ratings for Dr. Legha average 4.5 stars out of 5. Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and TRICARE are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Legha takes. Dr. Legha's professional affiliations include Sutter Medical Network and Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group. He welcomes new patients.

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Clinical Interests: Surgical Procedures, Gastric Bypass Surgery, Weight Loss Surgery

2013 Procedure Details

  • Medicare Volume: 22
  • Uninsured Cost: $2,200
  • Medicare Cost: $586
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Specializes in Cardiothoracic Surgery
300 Pasteur Drive
Stanford, CA
 

Dr. Joseph Shrager specializes in cardiothoracic surgery. Dr. Shrager is professionally affiliated with VA Palo Alto Health Care System (VAPAHCS). He accepts several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Valley Health Plan, and Blue Shield. He graduated from Harvard Medical School. He speaks French.

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2013 Procedure Details

  • Medicare Volume: 11
  • Uninsured Cost: $767
  • Medicare Cost: $229
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Specializes in Cardiothoracic Surgery
3801 Miranda Avenue
Palo Alto, CA
 

Dr. Michael Fischbein is a specialist in cardiothoracic surgery. He works in Stanford, CA and Palo Alto, CA. Dr. Fischbein honors Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Valley Health Plan, Blue Shield, and more. He studied medicine at Boston University School of Medicine. He is affiliated with VA Palo Alto Health Care System (VAPAHCS).

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2013 Procedure Details

  • Medicare Volume: 72
  • Uninsured Cost: $13,940 - $16,692
  • Medicare Cost: $977 - $1,172
Dr. Rona Zel Silkiss, MD
Specializes in Ophthalmic Plastic Surgery, Pediatric Ophthalmology
900 Welch Road; Suite 103
Palo Alto, CA
 

Dr. Rona Silkiss' specialties are ophthalmic plastic surgery and pediatric ophthalmology. Dr. Silkiss (or staff) speaks the following foreign languages: Spanish, French, and Cantonese. She is especially interested in eyelid surgery, plastic surgery procedures, and eye problems. Dr. Silkiss's professional affiliations include Alta Bates Medical Group (ABMG), California Pacific Medical Center (CPMC), and Washington Hospital Healthcare System. Dr. Silkiss graduated from Northwestern University, Feinberg School of Medicine. Her training includes residency programs at Children's Hospital Los Angeles and Jules Stein Eye Institute. She is rated highly by her patients. Dr. Silkiss is an in-network provider for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and CIGNA Plans, in addition to other insurance carriers. She has received professional recognition including the following: San Francisco Super Doctors. New patients are welcome to contact her office for an appointment.

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Relevant Interests: , endoscopic dacryocystorhinostomy

All Interests: Graves Disease, Eye Muscle Surgery, Retinoblastoma, Retinopathy of Prematurity, Eyelid Problems, ... (Read more)

Dr. Mary Ellen Gardner, DO
Specializes in General Obstetrics & Gynecology
795 El Camino Real; Lee Building
Palo Alto, CA
 

Dr. Mary Parman's specialty is general obstetrics & gynecology. She has a 5.0 out of 5 star average patient rating. In her practice, she is particularly interested in women's health issues. Dr. Parman honors Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and TRICARE, as well as other insurance carriers. She studied medicine at Touro University College of Osteopathic Medicine. For her residency, Dr. Parman trained at Kaiser Permanente Santa Clara Medical Center. Dr. Parman is affiliated with Sutter Medical Network, Lucile Packard Children's Hospital Stanford, and Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group. She is open to 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
701 E. El Camino Real; South Wing, 1st Floor
Mountain View, CA
 

Dr. Andrew Gutow, who practices in Palo Alto, CA and Mountain View, CA, is a medical specialist in hand surgery, orthopedics/orthopedic surgery, and sports medicine. In his practice, he is particularly interested in hand surgery procedures, sports health, and musculoskeletal surgery. Dr. Gutow is rated highly by his patients. He is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and TRICARE. He obtained his medical school training at the University of Michigan Medical School and performed his residency at Yale-New Haven Hospital. He is professionally affiliated with Sutter Medical Network, Lucile Packard Children's Hospital Stanford, and Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group. Dr. Gutow welcomes 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; Encina Building, Level 1
Palo Alto, CA
 

Dr. Sung Chun is a physician who specializes in adult cardiology and cardiac electrophysiology (heart rhythm). In his practice, Dr. Chun focuses on heart problems and electrophysiological (EP) study. Patient reviews placed him at an average of 4.5 stars out of 5. He accepts several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and TRICARE. Before performing his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), Dr. Chun attended George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences for medical school. 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 welcomes 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 is an adult cardiology, nuclear cardiology, and cardiac electrophysiology (heart rhythm) specialist. In his practice, he is particularly interested in heart problems and nuclear scan. His professional affiliations include Sutter Medical Network and Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group. Dr. Smith's education and training includes medical school at the University of Texas Medical Branch School of Medicine and residency at Stanford University Medical Center. On average, patients gave Dr. Smith a rating of 4.0 stars out of 5. 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.

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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. Arnold B Aigen, MD
Specializes in Urology
701 E El Camino Real
Mountain View, CA
 

Dr. Arnold Aigen, who practices in Mountain View, CA, Los Gatos, CA, and Cupertino, CA, is a medical specialist in urology (urinary tract disease). In addition to English, he speaks Spanish. He has indicated that his clinical interests include kidney stones. Dr. Aigen is affiliated with Sutter Medical Network and Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group. Before performing his residency at George Washington University Medical Center, Dr. Aigen attended Mount Sinai School of Medicine. On average, patients gave him a rating of 4.5 stars out of 5. He honors Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and TRICARE, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Aigen's practice is open to new patients.

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Clinical Interests: Kidney Stones, Urologic Disorders

2013 Procedure Details

  • Medicare Volume: 13
  • Uninsured Cost: $3,195
  • Medicare Cost: $898
Dr. Melissa Huang Szu-Min Kong, MD
Specializes in Adult Cardiology, Cardiac Electrophysiology
1950 University Avenue; Suite 160
East Palo Alto, CA
 

Dr. Melissa Kong, who practices in East Palo Alto, CA, Redwood City, CA, and San Carlos, CA, is a medical specialist in adult cardiology and cardiac electrophysiology (heart rhythm). Dr. Kong has indicated that her clinical interests include heart problems and electrophysiological (EP) study. Her professional affiliations include Sutter Medical Network, Mills-Peninsula Health Services, and Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group. She takes Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and TRICARE, as well as other insurance carriers. She is open to new patients. She attended Duke University School of Medicine and then went on to complete her residency at Duke University Medical Center.

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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. Lynn Susan Gretkowski, MD
Specializes in General Obstetrics & Gynecology
701 E El Camino Real; Medical Staff Department
Mountain View, CA
 

Dr. Lynn Gretkowski practices general obstetrics & gynecology. She speaks Spanish. Dr. Gretkowski's clinical interests encompass women's health issues. She is professionally affiliated with Sutter Medical Network and Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group. She attended UMDNJ-New Jersey Medical School and then went on to complete her residency at Stanford University Medical Center. The average patient rating for Dr. Gretkowski is 3.5 stars out of 5. She accepts Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, TRICARE, and more. Dr. Gretkowski's practice is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , vaginal hysterectomy, laparoscopic surgery

All Interests: Hysteroscopy, Vaginal Hysterectomy, Fibroids, Women's Health Issues, Endometrial Ablation, Abnormal ... (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.