We found 18 providers matching minimally invasive surgery and who accept TRICARE near Modesto, CA.

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

Dr. Lit Fung specializes in vascular surgery and thoracic surgery and practices in Modesto, CA. Dr. Fung's clinical interests encompass thoracic (chest) surgery procedures. His professional affiliations include Sutter Medical Network, Memorial Medical Center, Modesto, and Sutter Gould Medical Foundation (SGMF). He honors several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Medi-Cal. Dr. Fung is accepting new patients. He graduated from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), David Geffen School of Medicine. For his professional training, Dr. Fung completed a residency program at a hospital affiliated with the University of Michigan. Dr. Fung is conversant in Cantonese.

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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's medical specialty is hand surgery and orthopedics/orthopedic surgery. Dr. Smith has indicated that his clinical interests include hand problems, disabilities, and hand surgery procedures. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Sutter Medical Network, Sutter Tracy Community Hospital, and Memorial Medical Center, Modesto. His education and training includes medical school at Georgetown University School of Medicine and residency at Vanderbilt University Medical Center. Patient reviews placed Dr. Smith at an average of 3.0 stars out of 5. He honors several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Medi-Cal. His practice is open to new patients.

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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 is a medical specialist in adult cardiology and nuclear medicine. He attended Aga Khan University Medical College and then went on to complete his residency at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC). In his practice, he is particularly interested in heart problems. Dr. Pohwani is in-network for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Medi-Cal, as well as other insurance carriers. In addition to English, Dr. Pohwani (or staff) speaks Urdu, Sindhi, and Hindi. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Sutter Medical Network and Sutter Gould Medical Foundation (SGMF). He has an open panel.

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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's medical specialty is orthopedics/orthopedic surgery. He has a 4.5 out of 5 star average patient rating. Areas of particular interest for Dr. Whang include orthopedic surgery. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Sutter Medical Network, Memorial Medical Center, Modesto, and Sutter Gould Medical Foundation (SGMF). He honors Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Medi-Cal, and more. New patients are welcome to contact Dr. Whang's office for an appointment. His education and training includes medical school at Wake Forest University School of Medicine and residency at Boston Medical Center.

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Relevant Interests: , arthroscopic surgery

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

Dr. Bal Mukand Rajagopalan, MD
Specializes in Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery
 

Dr. Bal Rajagopalan is a Beverly Hills, CA physician who specializes in orthopedics/orthopedic surgery. Patient reviews placed him at an average of 5.0 stars out of 5. His areas of expertise include knee problems, foot problems, and arthroscopic surgery. Dr. Rajagopalan accepts Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Empire BlueCross BlueShield, in addition to other insurance carriers. He is open to new patients. Dr. Rajagopalan attended medical school at Memorial University of Newfoundland Faculty of Medicine. His residency was performed at a hospital affiliated with Memorial University of Newfoundland. Distinctions awarded to Dr. Rajagopalan include: Southern California Super Doctors; Top Doctors and Dentists for Women; and WebMD editorial board. In addition to English, he speaks French.

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Relevant Interests: , arthroscopic surgery

All Interests: Sports Health, Hip Problems, Shoulder Problems, Fractures, Knee Problems, Arthroscopic Surgery, ... (Read more)

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

Dr. Robert Altman's area of specialization is general obstetrics & gynecology. He speaks Spanish. Dr. Altman has a special interest in infertility and women's health issues. He is professionally affiliated with Sutter Medical Network, Memorial Medical Center, Modesto, and Sutter Gould Medical Foundation (SGMF). He graduated from the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine. Dr. Altman completed his residency training at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF). He is rated 4.5 stars out of 5 by his patients. He is an in-network provider for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Medi-Cal, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Altman is accepting 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. Jon E Pont, MD
Specializes in General Obstetrics & Gynecology
1409 E Briggsmore Avenue
Modesto, CA
 

Dr. Jon Pont practices general obstetrics & gynecology in Modesto, CA. His clinical interests encompass infertility and women's health issues. He is rated 5.0 stars out of 5 by his patients. Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Medi-Cal are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Pont honors. He graduated from the University of Miami, Miller School of Medicine and then he performed his residency at Jackson Memorial Medical Center. In addition to English, he speaks 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 a medical specialist in adult cardiology. He is especially interested in heart problems. Dr. Tsai's professional affiliations include Sutter Medical Network and Sutter Gould Medical Foundation (SGMF). His education and training includes medical school at the University of Michigan Medical School and residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Michigan. He honors several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Medi-Cal. He has an open panel.

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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 is an adult cardiology and interventional cardiology specialist. These areas are among his clinical interests: heart problems and cardiac catheterization. Dr. Lai is an in-network provider for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Medi-Cal, in addition to other insurance carriers. Before performing his residency at Mayo Clinic, Dr. Lai attended National University of Singapore, Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine. Dr. Lai speaks the following languages: Mandarin and Cantonese. He is affiliated with Sutter Medical Network and Sutter Gould Medical Foundation (SGMF). He has an open panel.

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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 is a Modesto, CA physician who specializes in otolaryngology (ear, nose, and throat). Clinical interests for Dr. Suntra include reconstructive surgery. Dr. Suntra's hospital/clinic affiliations include Sutter Medical Network, Memorial Medical Center, Modesto, and Sutter Gould Medical Foundation (SGMF). He attended St. Louis University School of Medicine and subsequently trained at Boston Medical Center for residency. He is rated 4.5 stars out of 5 by his patients. Dr. Suntra is an in-network provider for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Medi-Cal, in addition to other insurance carriers. He is open to 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 is a hand surgeon and orthopedic surgeon in Modesto, CA. She studied medicine at the University of California, San Diego (UCSD), School of Medicine. Her training includes a residency program at a hospital affiliated with the University of Iowa. Dr. Kho has indicated that her clinical interests include orthopedic surgery. She accepts Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Medi-Cal, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Kho's hospital/clinic affiliations include Sutter Medical Network and Sutter Gould Medical Foundation (SGMF). She is open to new patients.

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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 works as an orthopedist in Modesto, CA. Dr. Fassero's average rating from his patients is 3.5 stars out of 5. Areas of expertise for Dr. Fassero include knee problems, arthroscopic surgery, and replacement arthroplasty (joint replacement). He is affiliated with Sutter Medical Network, Memorial Medical Center, Modesto, and Sutter Gould Medical Foundation (SGMF). Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Medi-Cal are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Fassero honors. He is open to new patients. Before performing his residency at Mayo Clinic, Dr. Fassero attended Georgetown University School of Medicine.

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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 works as a vascular surgeon and cancer surgeon. On average, patients gave him a rating of 4.5 stars out of 5. His clinical interests include surgical procedures. Dr. Gutowski is an in-network provider for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Medi-Cal, as well as other insurance carriers. He attended Wayne State University School of Medicine and then went on to complete his residency at Detroit Medical Center/Wayne State University. Dr. Gutowski (or staff) speaks Polish. In addition, he offers interpreting services for Spanish-speaking patients. His professional affiliations include Sutter Medical Network, Memorial Medical Center, Modesto, and Sutter Gould Medical Foundation (SGMF). He 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)

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

Dr. Timothy Davis specializes in vascular surgery. Patient reviews placed him at an average of 3.5 stars out of 5. His clinical interests encompass surgical procedures. Dr. Davis takes Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Medi-Cal, as well as other insurance carriers. He is a graduate of Thomas Jefferson University, Jefferson Medical College and a graduate of Albert Einstein Medical Center, Philadelphia's residency program. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Sutter Medical Network, Memorial Medical Center, Modesto, and Sutter Gould Medical Foundation (SGMF). Dr. Davis 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)

Specializes in Surgery
1409 E Briggsmore Avenue
Modesto, CA
 

Dr. Natalie Hubbard works as a surgeon in Modesto, CA. Dr. Hubbard (or staff) is conversant in Hebrew, Arabic, and Sign Language. In her practice, she is particularly interested in laparoscopic surgery. Dr. Hubbard's professional affiliations include Sutter Medical Network, Sutter Gould Medical Foundation (SGMF), and North Shore University Hospital at Manhasset. She studied medicine at the University of Miami, Miller School of Medicine and the University of Michigan Medical School. She trained at Henry Ford Hospital for her residency. Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Medi-Cal are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Hubbard accepts. She has an open panel.

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Relevant Interests: , laparoscopic surgery

All Interests: Surgical Procedures, Laparoscopic Surgery

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

Dr. Raman Moradkhan is an adult cardiology and cardiac electrophysiology (heart rhythm) specialist in Modesto, CA. His areas of expertise include general care. He is professionally affiliated with Sutter Medical Network and Sutter Gould Medical Foundation (SGMF). Dr. Moradkhan honors Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Medi-Cal, and more. His practice is open to new patients. Dr. Moradkhan (or staff) is conversant in Persian, Turkish, and Assyrian Neo-Aramaic.

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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

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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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