We found 100 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's area of specialization is bariatric surgery. Dr. Feng's patients gave him an average rating of 4.5 out of 5 stars. He is especially interested in weight loss surgery (bariatric surgery). His professional affiliations include Sutter Medical Network and Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group. He is in-network for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, TRICARE, and more. Dr. Feng's practice is open to new patients. 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. Dr. Feng (or staff) is conversant in 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
2490 Hospital Drive; Suite 109
Mountain View, CA
 

Dr. Pei Tsau's area of specialization is cardiothoracic surgery. She is conversant in Mandarin and Taiwanese. She is professionally affiliated with Sutter Medical Network and Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group. Dr. Tsau obtained her medical school training at the University of Arizona College of Medicine and performed her residency at Arizona Health Sciences Center. She is an in-network provider for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and TRICARE, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Tsau's practice is open to new patients.

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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). He is especially interested in thoracic (chest) surgery procedures. Dr. Oka is affiliated with Sutter Medical Network, Mills-Peninsula Health Services, and Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group. He honors several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and TRICARE. His practice is open to new patients. After attending Keio University for medical school, he completed his residency training at a hospital affiliated with Brown University. In addition to English, Dr. Oka speaks Japanese.

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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 works as a bariatric surgeon. Dr. Khalil attended St. George's University School of Medicine and subsequently trained at Harlem Hospital Center for residency. Areas of particular interest for Dr. Khalil include weight loss surgery (bariatric surgery). Patients gave him an average rating of 4.5 stars out of 5. He accepts several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and TRICARE. Dr. Khalil speaks Arabic. His professional affiliations include Sutter Medical Network and Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group. He 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

Source: Medicare Provider Utilization and Payment Data

  • Volume: 11
  • Charge (avg.): $790
  • Negotiated Rate (avg.): $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 is a general surgery, pediatric thoracic surgery, and pediatric cardiac surgery specialist. In addition to English, Dr. Nasirov speaks Russian. His areas of expertise include heart surgery. He is professionally affiliated with UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital Oakland, Sutter Medical Center, Sacramento, and Lucile Packard Children's Hospital Stanford. Before performing his residency 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 attended St. George's University School of Medicine. Dr. Nasirov honors several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Valley Health Plan, and Blue Shield. He has received professional recognition including the following: Sacramento Super Doctors. He has an open panel.

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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)

Specializes in Cardiothoracic Surgery
300 Pasteur Drive
Stanford, CA
 

Dr. Joseph Shrager is a Stanford, CA physician who specializes in cardiothoracic surgery. Dr. Shrager is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Valley Health Plan, and Blue Shield. He graduated from Harvard Medical School. In addition to English, he speaks French. Dr. Shrager is affiliated with VA Palo Alto Health Care System (VAPAHCS).

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2013 Procedure Details

Source: Medicare Provider Utilization and Payment Data

  • Volume: 11
  • Charge (avg.): $767
  • Negotiated Rate (avg.): $229
Dr. Rona Zel Silkiss, MD
Specializes in Ophthalmic Plastic Surgery, Pediatric Ophthalmology
900 Welch Road; Suite 103
Palo Alto, CA
 

Dr. Rona Silkiss' medical specialty is ophthalmic plastic surgery and pediatric ophthalmology. Dr. Silkiss (or staff) is conversant in Spanish, French, and Cantonese. These areas are among Dr. Silkiss's clinical interests: eyelid surgery, lipoma excision, and collagen injections. She is affiliated with Alta Bates Medical Group (ABMG), California Pacific Medical Center (CPMC), and Washington Hospital Healthcare System. She studied medicine at Northwestern University, Feinberg School of Medicine. She trained at Children's Hospital Los Angeles and Jules Stein Eye Institute for residency. Dr. Silkiss has received a 3.5 out of 5 star rating by her patients. She is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and CIGNA Plans. She has received the following distinction: San Francisco Super Doctors. Dr. Silkiss has an open panel.

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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 area of specialization is general obstetrics & gynecology. Dr. Parman is rated highly by her patients. Areas of particular interest for Dr. Parman include women's health issues. Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and TRICARE are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Parman accepts. She studied medicine at Touro University College of Osteopathic Medicine. Dr. Parman trained at Kaiser Permanente Santa Clara Medical Center for her residency. She is professionally affiliated with Sutter Medical Network, Lucile Packard Children's Hospital Stanford, and Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group. She 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
701 E. El Camino Real; South Wing, 1st Floor
Mountain View, CA
 

Dr. Andrew Gutow is a medical specialist in hand surgery, orthopedics/orthopedic surgery, and sports medicine. He attended medical school at the University of Michigan Medical School. Dr. Gutow's medical residency was performed at Yale-New Haven Hospital. He has indicated that his clinical interests include hand surgery procedures, sports health, and orthopedic surgery. Patients rated Dr. Gutow highly, giving him an average of 4.0 stars out of 5. He accepts Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and TRICARE, as well as other insurance carriers. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Sutter Medical Network, Lucile Packard Children's Hospital Stanford, and Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group. His practice is open to 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's medical specialty is adult cardiology and cardiac electrophysiology (heart rhythm). Dr. Chun is rated 4.5 stars out of 5 by his patients. Clinical interests for Dr. Chun include heart problems and electrophysiological (EP) study. He accepts Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, TRICARE, and more. He obtained his medical school training at George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences and performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). In addition to English, he speaks Korean. Dr. Chun's professional affiliations include Sutter Medical Network, Mills-Peninsula Health Services, and Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group. He has an open panel.

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

2013 Procedure Details

Source: Medicare Provider Utilization and Payment Data

  • Volume: 12
  • Charge (avg.): $2,082
  • Negotiated Rate (avg.): $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 specializes in adult cardiology, nuclear cardiology, and cardiac electrophysiology (heart rhythm) and practices in East Palo Alto, CA, Redwood City, CA, and San Carlos, CA. He is rated highly by his patients. Dr. Smith is especially interested in heart problems and nuclear scan. He honors Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and TRICARE, as well as other insurance carriers. His education and training includes medical school at the University of Texas Medical Branch School of Medicine and residency at Stanford University Medical Center. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Sutter Medical Network and Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group. New patients are welcome to contact Dr. Smith's office for an appointment.

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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 is a specialist in urology (urinary tract disease). He works in Mountain View, CA, Los Gatos, CA, and Cupertino, CA. He has indicated that his clinical interests include kidney stones. His average patient rating is 4.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Aigen accepts Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and TRICARE, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Aigen studied medicine at Mount Sinai School of Medicine. For his professional training, Dr. Aigen completed a residency program at George Washington University Medical Center. In addition to English, he speaks Spanish. Dr. Aigen is professionally affiliated with Sutter Medical Network and Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group. His practice is open to new patients.

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Clinical Interests: Kidney Stones, Urologic Disorders

2013 Procedure Details

Source: Medicare Provider Utilization and Payment Data

  • Volume: 13
  • Charge (avg.): $3,195
  • Negotiated Rate (avg.): $898
Dr. Roy W Hong, MD
Specializes in Plastic Surgery
715 Altos Oaks Drive
Los Altos, CA
 

Dr. Roy Hong is a plastic surgery specialist. He has received a 5.0 out of 5 star rating by his patients. These areas are among Dr. Hong's clinical interests: eyelid surgery, thigh lift, and dermabrasion. His professional affiliations include Sutter Medical Network and Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group. Dr. Hong takes Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and TRICARE, as well as other insurance carriers. He is open to new patients. After completing medical school at Columbia University, College of Physicians and Surgeons, he performed his residency 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, Chin Implants, ... (Read more)

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 works as a cardiologist and cardiac electrophysiologist. In Dr. Kong's practice, she is particularly interested in heart problems and electrophysiological (EP) study. Her hospital/clinic affiliations include Sutter Medical Network, Mills-Peninsula Health Services, and Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group. She attended Duke University School of Medicine and subsequently trained at Duke University Medical Center for residency. Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and TRICARE are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Kong honors. She 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)

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

Dr. Lynn Gretkowski is a specialist in general obstetrics & gynecology. In addition to English, she speaks Spanish. She is especially interested in women's health issues. Dr. Gretkowski is professionally affiliated with Sutter Medical Network and Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group. She attended medical school at UMDNJ-New Jersey Medical School. Dr. Gretkowski trained at Stanford University Medical Center for residency. She has received a 3.5 out of 5 star rating by her patients. She honors Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and TRICARE, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Gretkowski has an open panel.

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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)

Dr. Colin L Eakin, MD
Specializes in Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery, Sports Medicine
795 El Camino Real; Department of Sports Medicine
Palo Alto, CA
 

Dr. Colin Eakin is a medical specialist in orthopedics/orthopedic surgery and sports medicine. Dr. Eakin is conversant in Spanish. In his practice, he is particularly interested in orthopedic surgery. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Sutter Medical Network and Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group. Dr. Eakin'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). He has a 4.5 out of 5 star average patient rating. He honors Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and TRICARE, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Eakin welcomes new patients.

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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, PCL ... (Read more)

2013 Procedure Details

Source: Medicare Provider Utilization and Payment Data

  • Volume: 165
  • Charge (avg.): $1,574 - $4,462
  • Negotiated Rate (avg.): $193 - $1,223

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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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