We found 17 providers matching minimally invasive surgery and who accept Aetna HealthFund PPO near Modesto, CA.

Dr. Lit Keung Fung, MD
Specializes in Vascular Surgery, Thoracic Surgery
1501 Oakdale Road; Suite 218
Modesto, CA
 

Dr. Lit Fung is a vascular surgery and thoracic surgery specialist in Modesto, CA. Dr. Fung's clinical interests include thoracic (chest) surgery procedures. He is in-network for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Medi-Cal, as well as other insurance carriers. After attending the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), David Geffen School of Medicine, he completed his residency training at a hospital affiliated with the University of Michigan. He is conversant in Cantonese. Dr. Fung's hospital/clinic affiliations include Sutter Medical Network, Memorial Medical Center, Modesto, and Sutter Gould Medical Foundation (SGMF). He is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , VATS lung surgery, endovascular surgery

All Interests: Heart Bypass Surgery, Atrial Fibrillation, Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm, Thoracic Cancer, Esophagus ... (Read more)

Dr. Todd Christopher Smith, MBA, MD
Specializes in Hand Surgery, Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery
1409 E Briggsmore Avenue
Modesto, CA
 

Dr. Todd Smith is a hand surgery and orthopedics/orthopedic surgery specialist in Modesto, CA. Dr. Smith's clinical interests include hand problems, disabilities, and hand surgery procedures. On average, patients gave him a rating of 3.0 stars out of 5. He is an in-network provider for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Medi-Cal, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Smith attended medical school at Georgetown University School of Medicine. He completed his residency training at Vanderbilt University Medical Center. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Sutter Medical Network, Sutter Tracy Community Hospital, and Memorial Medical Center, Modesto. New patients are welcome to contact Dr. Smith's office for an appointment.

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Relevant Interests: , arthroscopic surgery, wrist arthroscopy

All Interests: Finger Joint Replacement, Sports Health, Hand Fracture, Dupuytren's Contracture, Wrist Replacement, ... (Read more)

Dr. Amar L Pohwani, MD
Specializes in Adult Cardiology, Nuclear Medicine
1409 E Briggsmore Avenue
Modesto, CA
 

Dr. Amar Pohwani, who practices in Modesto, CA, is a medical specialist in adult cardiology and nuclear medicine. Dr. Pohwani (or staff) speaks the following foreign languages: Urdu, Sindhi, and Hindi. In his practice, Dr. Pohwani focuses on heart problems. His professional affiliations include Sutter Medical Network and Sutter Gould Medical Foundation (SGMF). He studied medicine at Aga Khan University Medical College. His residency was performed at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC). Dr. Pohwani is in-network for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Medi-Cal, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Pohwani is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , cardiac resynchronization therapy (CRT)

All Interests: Atrial Fibrillation, Cardiomyopathy, Nuclear Stress Test, Invasive Cardiology, Hypertension, ... (Read more)

Dr. William W Whang, MD
Specializes in Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery
600 Coffee Road
Modesto, CA
 

Dr. William Whang is an orthopedic surgeon. Dr. Whang has indicated that his clinical interests include orthopedic surgery. He is professionally affiliated with Sutter Medical Network, Memorial Medical Center, Modesto, and Sutter Gould Medical Foundation (SGMF). After attending Wake Forest University School of Medicine, he completed his residency training at Boston Medical Center. Patients rated Dr. Whang highly, giving him an average of 4.5 stars out of 5. He honors Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Medi-Cal, as well as other insurance carriers. He is accepting new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , arthroscopic surgery

All Interests: Sports Health, Wrist Problems, Elbow Problems, Shoulder Problems, Partial Knee Replacement, ... (Read more)

Dr. Robert J Altman, MD
Specializes in General Obstetrics & Gynecology
1409 E Briggsmore Avenue
Modesto, CA
 

Dr. Robert Altman, who practices in Modesto, CA, is a medical specialist in general obstetrics & gynecology. He has received a 4.5 out of 5 star rating by his patients. These areas are among his clinical interests: infertility and women's health issues. Dr. Altman's hospital/clinic affiliations include Sutter Medical Network, Memorial Medical Center, Modesto, and Sutter Gould Medical Foundation (SGMF). He is in-network for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Medi-Cal, as well as other insurance carriers. He welcomes new patients. Dr. Altman's education and training includes medical school at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine and residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF). He is conversant in Spanish.

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Relevant Interests: , vaginal hysterectomy, total laparoscopic hysterectomy (TLH), robotic surgery, laparoscopic myomectomy

All Interests: Colposcopy, Adolescent Gynecology, Laparoscopic Myomectomy, Incontinence, Hysteroscopy, Cervical ... (Read more)

Dr. Jon E Pont, MD
Specializes in General Obstetrics & Gynecology
1409 E Briggsmore Avenue
Modesto, CA
 

Dr. Jon Pont is a physician who specializes in general obstetrics & gynecology. Dr. Pont's average rating from his patients is 5.0 stars out of 5. His areas of expertise include infertility and women's health issues. He accepts Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Medi-Cal, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Pont graduated from the University of Miami, Miller School of Medicine. His residency was performed at Jackson Memorial Medical Center. He is conversant in Spanish. Dr. Pont's hospital/clinic affiliations include Sutter Medical Network, Memorial Medical Center, Modesto, and Sutter Gould Medical Foundation (SGMF). He is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , vaginal hysterectomy, total laparoscopic hysterectomy (TLH), robotic surgery, laparoscopic myomectomy

All Interests: Colposcopy, Adolescent Gynecology, Laparoscopic Myomectomy, Incontinence, Hysteroscopy, Cervical ... (Read more)

Dr. Charles C Tsai, MD
Specializes in Adult Cardiology
1409 E Briggsmore Avenue
Modesto, CA
 

Dr. Charles Tsai is an adult cardiologist in Modesto, CA. After completing medical school at the University of Michigan Medical School, Dr. Tsai performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Michigan. He has indicated that his clinical interests include heart problems. He takes Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Medi-Cal, as well as other insurance carriers. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Sutter Medical Network and Sutter Gould Medical Foundation (SGMF). He is accepting new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , cardiac resynchronization therapy (CRT)

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

2013 Procedure Details

Source: Medicare Provider Utilization and Payment Data

  • Volume: 13
  • Charge (avg.): $1,903
  • Negotiated Rate (avg.): $517
Dr. Peter Y.T. Lai, MD
Specializes in Adult Cardiology, Interventional Cardiology
1409 E Briggsmore Avenue
Modesto, CA
 

Dr. Peter Lai practices adult cardiology and interventional cardiology in Modesto, CA. Dr. Lai's areas of expertise include heart problems and cardiac catheterization. He takes Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Medi-Cal, and more. He graduated from National University of Singapore, Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine. For his professional training, Dr. Lai completed a residency program at Mayo Clinic. He speaks the following languages: Mandarin and Cantonese. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Sutter Medical Network and Sutter Gould Medical Foundation (SGMF). Dr. Lai is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , cardiac resynchronization therapy (CRT)

All Interests: Stress Echo, Heart Problems, Stress Testing, Stroke, Atherectomy, Coronary Angiogram, Cardiac ... (Read more)

Dr. Charles R Suntra, MD
Specializes in Otolaryngology
600 Coffee Road
Modesto, CA
 

Dr. Charles Suntra's medical specialty is otolaryngology (ear, nose, and throat). He attended medical school at St. Louis University School of Medicine. Dr. Suntra's training includes a residency program at Boston Medical Center. He is especially interested in reconstructive surgery. Dr. Suntra is rated 4.5 stars out of 5 by his patients. He takes Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Medi-Cal, in addition to other insurance carriers. He is affiliated with Sutter Medical Network, Memorial Medical Center, Modesto, and Sutter Gould Medical Foundation (SGMF). Dr. Suntra welcomes new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , endoscopic sinus surgery

All Interests: Turbinate Reduction Surgery, Surfer's Ear, Otoplasty, Sinus Surgery, Fractures, Facial Problems, ... (Read more)

Dr. Jenniefer Yumee Kho, MD
Specializes in Hand Surgery, Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery
1409 E Briggsmore Avenue
Modesto, CA
 

Dr. Jenniefer Kho specializes in hand surgery and orthopedics/orthopedic surgery. Before performing her residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Iowa, Dr. Kho attended the University of California, San Diego (UCSD), School of Medicine. Clinical interests for Dr. Kho include orthopedic surgery. She honors Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Medi-Cal, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Kho's hospital/clinic affiliations include Sutter Medical Network and Sutter Gould Medical Foundation (SGMF). New patients are welcome to contact her office for an appointment.

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Relevant Interests: , wrist arthroscopy

All Interests: Radial Head Replacement, Finger Joint Replacement, Hand Fracture, Dupuytren's Contracture, Elbow ... (Read more)

Dr. Donn A Fassero, MD
Specializes in Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery
1409 E. Briggsmore Avenue
Modesto, CA
 

Dr. Donn Fassero's area of specialization is orthopedics/orthopedic surgery. Patient ratings for Dr. Fassero average 3.5 stars out of 5. Clinical interests for Dr. Fassero include knee problems, arthroscopic surgery, and replacement arthroplasty (joint replacement). Dr. Fassero is an in-network provider for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Medi-Cal, in addition to other insurance carriers. He is a graduate of Georgetown University School of Medicine. His training includes a residency program at Mayo Clinic. Dr. Fassero's professional affiliations include Sutter Medical Network, Memorial Medical Center, Modesto, and Sutter Gould Medical Foundation (SGMF). He has an open panel.

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Relevant Interests: , arthroscopic surgery, knee arthroscopy, shoulder arthroscopy

All Interests: Meniscus Repair, Knee Arthritis, Sports Health, Hip Pain, Knee Pain, Shoulder Pain, Shoulder ... (Read more)

Dr. Tomasz D Gutowski, MD
Specializes in Vascular Surgery, Surgical Oncology
1409 E Briggsmore Avenue
Modesto, CA
 

Dr. Tomasz Gutowski is a physician who specializes in vascular surgery and surgical oncology (cancer surgery). After attending Wayne State University School of Medicine, he completed his residency training at Detroit Medical Center/Wayne State University. Areas of particular interest for Dr. Gutowski include surgical procedures. He has received a 4.5 out of 5 star rating by his patients. Dr. Gutowski honors Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Medi-Cal, as well as other insurance carriers. In addition to English, Dr. Gutowski (or staff) speaks Polish. He also offers interpreting services for Spanish-speaking patients. He is affiliated with Sutter Medical Network, Memorial Medical Center, Modesto, and Sutter Gould Medical Foundation (SGMF). Dr. Gutowski welcomes new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , laparoscopic gallbladder removal, laparoscopic adrenalectomy, robotic surgery, endovascular aortic aneurysm repair

All Interests: Achalasia, Sentinel Lymph Node Biopsy, Whipple Procedure, Lymphadenectomy, Sclerotherapy, Heller ... (Read more)

Specializes in Surgery
1409 E Briggsmore Avenue
Modesto, CA
 

Dr. Natalie Hubbard's specialty is surgery. Dr. Hubbard (or staff) speaks Hebrew, Arabic, and Sign Language. Dr. Hubbard is especially interested in laparoscopic surgery. She is affiliated with Sutter Medical Network, Sutter Gould Medical Foundation (SGMF), and North Shore University Hospital at Manhasset. She graduated from the University of Miami, Miller School of Medicine and the University of Michigan Medical School. Her medical residency was performed at Henry Ford Hospital. Dr. Hubbard honors several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Medi-Cal. Dr. Hubbard is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , laparoscopic surgery

All Interests: Surgical Procedures, Laparoscopic Surgery

Dr. Timothy A Davis, MD
Specializes in Vascular Surgery
1409 E Briggsmore Avenue
Modesto, CA
 

Dr. Timothy Davis' medical specialty is vascular surgery. His areas of expertise include surgical procedures. Patient ratings for Dr. Davis average 3.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Davis is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Medi-Cal. He studied medicine at Thomas Jefferson University, Jefferson Medical College. For his residency, Dr. Davis trained at Albert Einstein Medical Center, Philadelphia. Dr. Davis is affiliated with Sutter Medical Network, Memorial Medical Center, Modesto, and Sutter Gould Medical Foundation (SGMF). Dr. Davis's practice is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , laparoscopic surgery, endovascular aortic aneurysm repair

All Interests: Achalasia, Sentinel Lymph Node Biopsy, Spider Veins, Surgical Procedures, Thoracic Surgery ... (Read more)

Dr. Raman Moradkhan, MD
Specializes in Adult Cardiology, Cardiac Electrophysiology
1409 E Briggsmore Avenue
Modesto, CA
 

Dr. Raman Moradkhan works as an adult cardiologist and cardiac electrophysiologist in Modesto, CA. In addition to English, Dr. Moradkhan (or staff) speaks Persian, Turkish, and Assyrian Neo-Aramaic. In Dr. Moradkhan's practice, he is particularly interested in general care. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Sutter Medical Network and Sutter Gould Medical Foundation (SGMF). He honors several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Medi-Cal. He has an open panel.

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Clinical Interests: Heart Problems, General Care

2013 Procedure Details

Source: Medicare Provider Utilization and Payment Data

  • Volume: 11
  • Charge (avg.): $1,153
  • Negotiated Rate (avg.): $510
Dr. Refugio Gonzalez, MD
Specializes in Surgery
1409 E Briggsmore Avenue
Modesto, CA
 

Dr. Refugio Gonzalez practices surgery. He graduated from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), David Geffen School of Medicine. Dr. Gonzalez's residency was performed at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF). In his practice, he is particularly interested in surgical procedures. Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Medi-Cal are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Gonzalez takes. He is conversant in Spanish. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Sutter Medical Network, Sutter East Bay Medical Foundation (SEBMF), and Alta Bates Summit Medical Center - Alta Bates Campus. His practice is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , laparoscopic gallbladder removal, laparoscopic adrenalectomy, robotic surgery

All Interests: Achalasia, Sentinel Lymph Node Biopsy, Lymphadenectomy, Incisional Hernia, Surgical Procedures, ... (Read more)

2013 Procedure Details

Source: Medicare Provider Utilization and Payment Data

  • Volume: 11
  • Charge (avg.): $2,333
  • Negotiated Rate (avg.): $657

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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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