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We found 111 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. After attending the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF), School of Medicine, he completed his residency training at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF). Dr. Feng's areas of expertise include weight loss surgery (bariatric surgery). Patients rated him highly, giving him an average of 4.5 stars out of 5. He accepts Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and TRICARE, in addition to other insurance carriers. In addition to English, Dr. Feng (or staff) speaks Mandarin and Spanish. He is professionally affiliated with Sutter Medical Network and Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group. New patients are welcome to contact Dr. Feng's office for an appointment.

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Relevant Interests: , laparoscopic gastric bypass surgery, laparoscopic weight loss surgery, laparoscopic 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 is a physician who specializes in cardiothoracic surgery. She is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and TRICARE. After completing medical school at the University of Arizona College of Medicine, Dr. Tsau performed her residency at Arizona Health Sciences Center. She is conversant in Mandarin and Taiwanese. Dr. Tsau's hospital/clinic affiliations include Sutter Medical Network and Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group. She welcomes 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 thoracic surgeon and intensivist in Palo Alto, CA, Burlingame, CA, and San Carlos, CA. He is especially interested in thoracic (chest) surgery procedures. Dr. Oka is in-network for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and TRICARE, in addition to other insurance carriers. He obtained his medical school training at Keio University and performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with Brown University. 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; Lee Building, Level 3
Palo Alto, CA
 

Dr. Beemen Khalil is a medical specialist in bariatric surgery. After attending St. George's University School of Medicine, he completed his residency training at Harlem Hospital Center. Areas of particular interest for Dr. Khalil include weight loss surgery (bariatric surgery). He is rated 4.5 stars out of 5 by his patients. Dr. Khalil is an in-network provider for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, TRICARE, and more. He speaks Arabic. He is professionally affiliated with Sutter Medical Network and Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group. Dr. Khalil is accepting new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , laparoscopic gastric bypass surgery, laparoscopic weight loss surgery, laparoscopic 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 is a general surgeon, pediatric thoracic surgeon, and pediatric cardiac surgeon. Dr. Nasirov graduated from St. George's University School of Medicine. He trained at Saint Vincent Catholic Medical Centers, a hospital affiliated with New York Medical College, and a hospital affiliated with the University of North Dakota for residency. He has a special interest in heart surgery. He honors several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Valley Health Plan, and Blue Shield. Dr. Nasirov has received the distinction of Sacramento Super Doctors. He speaks Russian. Dr. Nasirov is affiliated with UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital Oakland, Sutter Medical Center, Sacramento, and Lucile Packard Children's Hospital Stanford. He is accepting 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. Areas of expertise for Dr. Legha include gastric bypass surgery. He is professionally affiliated with Sutter Medical Network and Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group. He attended Oxford University Medical School and subsequently trained at a hospital affiliated with McGill University for residency. Patient reviews placed him at an average of 4.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Legha is an in-network provider for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and TRICARE, in addition to other insurance carriers. He is open to 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 is a cardiothoracic surgery specialist in Stanford, CA. He is affiliated with VA Palo Alto Health Care System (VAPAHCS). He accepts Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Valley Health Plan, Blue Shield, and more. Dr. Shrager is a graduate of Harvard Medical School. He is conversant in 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 cardiothoracic surgeon in Stanford, CA and Palo Alto, CA. He is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Valley Health Plan, and Blue Shield. He studied medicine at Boston University School of Medicine. Dr. Fischbein 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 is a specialist in ophthalmic plastic surgery and pediatric ophthalmology. Dr. Silkiss has indicated that her clinical interests include eyelid surgery, plastic surgery procedures, and eye problems. She has a 4.5 out of 5 star average patient rating. Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and CIGNA Plans are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Silkiss takes. After completing medical school at Northwestern University, Feinberg School of Medicine, she performed her residency at Children's Hospital Los Angeles and Jules Stein Eye Institute. She has received the distinction of San Francisco Super Doctors. In addition to English, Dr. Silkiss (or staff) speaks Spanish, French, and Cantonese. Dr. Silkiss is affiliated with Alta Bates Medical Group (ABMG), California Pacific Medical Center (CPMC), and Washington Hospital Healthcare System. She is accepting new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , endoscopic dacryocystorhinostomy

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

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

Dr. Mary Parman is a medical specialist in general obstetrics & gynecology. Patient reviews placed Dr. Parman at an average of 5.0 stars out of 5. She has a special interest in women's health issues. Her professional affiliations include Sutter Medical Network, Lucile Packard Children's Hospital Stanford, and Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group. She takes Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and TRICARE, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Parman welcomes new patients. She graduated from Touro University College of Osteopathic Medicine. Her residency was performed at Kaiser Permanente Santa Clara Medical Center.

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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 sees patients in Palo Alto, CA and Mountain View, CA. His medical specialties are hand surgery, orthopedics/orthopedic surgery, and sports medicine. Patient reviews placed him at an average of 4.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Gutow's clinical interests encompass hand surgery procedures, sports health, and musculoskeletal surgery. He accepts Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and TRICARE, in addition to other insurance carriers. He is a graduate of the University of Michigan Medical School and a graduate of Yale-New Haven Hospital's residency program. Dr. Gutow's professional affiliations include Sutter Medical Network, Lucile Packard Children's Hospital Stanford, and Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group. He 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 works as a cardiologist and cardiac electrophysiologist. In his practice, Dr. Chun focuses on heart problems and electrophysiological (EP) study. He is rated highly by his patients. He is an in-network provider for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and TRICARE, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Chun graduated from George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences. His training includes a residency program at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). He speaks Korean. Dr. Chun is affiliated with Sutter Medical Network, Mills-Peninsula Health Services, and Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group. His practice 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 is a physician who specializes in adult cardiology, nuclear cardiology, and cardiac electrophysiology (heart rhythm). Before performing his residency at Stanford University Medical Center, Dr. Smith attended the University of Texas Medical Branch School of Medicine. Dr. Smith's areas of clinical interest consist of heart problems and nuclear scan. He is rated 4.0 stars out of 5 by his patients. He accepts Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, TRICARE, and more. Dr. Smith is affiliated with Sutter Medical Network and Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group. He welcomes 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 specializes in urology (urinary tract disease). After attending Mount Sinai School of Medicine, he completed his residency training at George Washington University Medical Center. His areas of expertise include kidney stones. Dr. Aigen's patients gave him an average rating of 4.5 out of 5 stars. Dr. Aigen is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and TRICARE. He is conversant in Spanish. He is affiliated with Sutter Medical Network and Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group. He welcomes 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 practices adult cardiology and cardiac electrophysiology (heart rhythm). In her practice, Dr. Kong focuses on heart problems and electrophysiological (EP) study. Dr. Kong is in-network for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and TRICARE, as well as other insurance carriers. She attended Duke University School of Medicine and then went on to complete her residency at Duke University Medical Center. She is affiliated with Sutter Medical Network, Mills-Peninsula Health Services, and Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group. Dr. Kong's 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. Lynn Susan Gretkowski, MD
Specializes in General Obstetrics & Gynecology
701 E El Camino Real; Medical Staff Department
Mountain View, CA
 

Dr. Lynn Gretkowski, who practices in Mountain View, CA, is a medical specialist in general obstetrics & gynecology. Areas of particular interest for Dr. Gretkowski include women's health issues. She is rated 3.5 stars out of 5 by her patients. Dr. Gretkowski is in-network for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and TRICARE, as well as other insurance carriers. Before completing her residency at Stanford University Medical Center, Dr. Gretkowski attended medical school at UMDNJ-New Jersey Medical School. She is conversant in Spanish. She is professionally affiliated with Sutter Medical Network and Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group. New patients are welcome to contact Dr. Gretkowski's office for an appointment.

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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.