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We found 55 providers matching minimally invasive surgery and who accept Blue Shield of California HMO near Walnut Creek, CA.

Dr. Sunghoon Kim, MD
Specializes in Pediatric General Surgery
2401 Shadelands Drive
Walnut Creek, CA
 

Dr. Sunghoon Kim is a physician who specializes in pediatric general surgery. Areas of particular interest for Dr. Kim include robotic surgery and thoracic (chest) surgery procedures. Dr. Kim is an in-network provider for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, CIGNA Plans, and more. After completing medical school at the University of Michigan Medical School, he performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) and a hospital affiliated with the University of California, Davis. He is conversant in Korean. His professional affiliations include SEBMF - Diablo Division Community Provider Network, Sutter Medical Network, and Alta Bates Medical Group (ABMG). New patients are welcome to contact Dr. Kim's office for an appointment.

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Relevant Interests: , robotic surgery

All Interests: Pectus Excavatum, Inguinal Hernia, Gastrostomy, Umbilical Hernia, Phimosis, Appendicitis, ... (Read more)

Dr. Michaela Straznicka, MD
Specializes in Thoracic Surgery
1450 Treat Boulevard; #200
Walnut Creek, CA
 

Dr. Michaela Straznicka's area of specialization is thoracic surgery. Her professional affiliations include Sutter Delta Medical Center, Eden Medical Center, and John Muir Medical Center, Concord. Dr. Straznicka takes Blue Shield, Health Net, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield insurance. She is open to new patients. She studied medicine at the University of Miami, Miller School of Medicine. For her residency, Dr. Straznicka trained at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital and The University Hospital, Newark. She has received the distinction of San Francisco Super Doctors. She speaks Czech.

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2013 Procedure Details

  • Medicare Volume: 45
  • Uninsured Cost: $630 - $4,381
  • Medicare Cost: $206 - $1,428
Dr. Teimour Amrah Nasirov, MD
Specializes in General Surgery, Pediatric Thoracic Surgery, Pediatric Cardiac Surgery
106 La Casa Viaduct; Suite 220
Walnut Creek, 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. Andreas Kamlot, MD
Specializes in Cardiac Surgery, Vascular Surgery, Thoracic Surgery
2222 East Street; #375
Concord, CA
 

Dr. Andreas Kamlot's areas of specialization are cardiac surgery, vascular surgery, and thoracic surgery; he sees patients in Danville, CA, Concord, CA, and Antioch, CA. In addition to English, Dr. Kamlot speaks German. His areas of expertise consist of maze procedure and minimally invasive cardiac surgery. His hospital/clinic affiliations include SEBMF - Diablo Division Community Provider Network, Sutter Delta Medical Center, and John Muir Medical Center, Concord. Dr. Kamlot attended Goethe University Frankfurt for medical school and subsequently trained at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center for residency. He takes Blue Shield, Health Net, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield, in addition to other insurance carriers. He has an open panel.

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Relevant Interests: , minimally invasive cardiac surgery

All Interests: Maze Procedure, Heart Failure, Minimally Invasive Cardiac Surgery

Dr. Saurin Shah, MD
Specializes in Thoracic Surgery
365 Lennon Lane; Suite 250
Walnut Creek, CA
 

Dr. Saurin Shah practices thoracic surgery in Walnut Creek, CA and Castro Valley, CA. Dr. Shah takes Blue Shield, Health Net, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield insurance. He attended medical school at St. George's University School of Medicine. His training includes a residency program at Albany Medical Center. His professional affiliations include Sutter Delta Medical Center, Eden Medical Center, and Alta Bates Summit Medical Center - Alta Bates Campus. Dr. Shah is open to new patients.

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2013 Procedure Details

  • Medicare Volume: 43
  • Uninsured Cost: $308 - $2,033
  • Medicare Cost: $80 - $560
Dr. Elisabeth M Schleuning, MD
Specializes in General Obstetrics & Gynecology
911 Moraga Road; Suite 201
Lafayette, CA
 

Dr. Elisabeth Groginsky works as a general OB/GYN. Dr. Groginsky's average rating from her patients is 4.5 stars out of 5. Her clinical interests include women's health issues. She is in-network for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Medi-Cal, in addition to other insurance carriers. She is a graduate of the University of Chicago, Pritzker School of Medicine. Dr. Groginsky's residency was performed at the University of Iowa Hospitals & Clinics. In addition to English, she speaks French. She is affiliated with Sutter Medical Network, Alta Bates Medical Group (ABMG), and Sutter East Bay Medical Foundation (SEBMF). Her practice is open to new patients.

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

All Interests: Laparoscopic Myomectomy, Hysteroscopy, Cervical Dysplasia, Vaginal Birth after Cesarean, Essure, ... (Read more)

Dr. Ramin A Behmand, MD
Specializes in Plastic Surgery, Hand Surgery
1776 Ygnacio Valley Road; Suite 108
Walnut Creek, CA
 

Dr. Ramin Behmand is a specialist in plastic surgery and hand surgery. Dr. Ramin Behmand works in Walnut Creek, CA. Patient ratings for Dr. Behmand average 5.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Behmand's clinical interests include eyelid surgery, thigh lift, and general reconstruction. Dr. Behmand accepts Blue Shield and Blue Cross/Blue Shield insurance. Before completing Dr. Behmand's residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Michigan, Dr. Behmand attended medical school at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine. Dr. Behmand has received professional recognition including the following: San Francisco Super Doctors. Dr. Behmand (or staff) speaks the following languages: German and Persian. Dr. Behmand is professionally affiliated with John Muir Medical Center, Walnut Creek and John Muir Physician Network.

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Relevant Interests: , endoscopic surgery

All Interests: Eyelid Surgery, Dermabrasion, Body Contouring, Botulinum Toxin Injection, Rhinoplasty, Breast ... (Read more)

Dr. Samuel Cherukara Oommen, MD
Specializes in General Surgery, Colon & Rectal Surgery
365 Lennon Lane; Suite 290
Walnut Creek, CA
 

Dr. Samuel Oommen's areas of specialization are general surgery and colon & rectal surgery; he sees patients in Walnut Creek, CA. He has received a 4.5 out of 5 star rating by his patients. His hospital/clinic affiliations include John Muir Medical Center, Concord, John Muir Medical Center, Walnut Creek, and John Muir Physician Network. Dr. Oommen honors Blue Shield, Anthem, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield insurance. Dr. Oommen studied medicine at Karnataka Institute of Medical Sciences. His residency was performed at Brookdale University Hospital and Medical Center. He has received the following distinction: San Francisco Super Doctors. In addition to English, he speaks Indian Languages.

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2013 Procedure Details

  • Medicare Volume: 14
  • Uninsured Cost: $3,944
  • Medicare Cost: $1,638
Dr. Christian Nathan Kirman, MD
Specializes in Plastic Surgery
106 La Casa Viaduct; 200
Walnut Creek, CA
 

Dr. Christian Kirman specializes in plastic surgery and practices in Concord, CA, Martinez, CA, and Walnut Creek, CA. Clinical interests for Dr. Kirman include thigh lift, general reconstruction, and tummy tuck (abdominoplasty). Dr. Kirman accepts the following insurance: Blue Shield, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Medicare. He is a graduate of the University of Arizona College of Medicine. For his residency, Dr. Kirman trained at Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center. He is conversant in German. He is professionally affiliated with VA Northern California Health Care System, John Muir Medical Center, Concord, and John Muir Medical Center, Walnut Creek. He is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , endoscopic surgery

All Interests: Eyelid Surgery, Dermabrasion, Botulinum Toxin Injection, Breast Augmentation, Microsurgery, Laser ... (Read more)

Dr. Charles M Chan, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery
106 La Casa Viaduct; Suite 240
Walnut Creek, CA
 

Dr. Charles Chan is a specialist in pediatric orthopedics/orthopedic surgery. In addition to English, he speaks Mandarin. Dr. Chan's areas of expertise include the following: knee problems, arthroscopic surgery, and sports health. His professional affiliations include UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital Oakland, Lucile Packard Children's Hospital Stanford, and John Muir Medical Center, Walnut Creek. He attended medical school at Brown University, Alpert Medical School. For his residency, Dr. Chan trained at the University of Rochester Medical Center and a hospital affiliated with Stony Brook University Medical Center. Dr. Chan is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Valley Health Plan, and Blue Shield.

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Relevant Interests: , arthroscopic surgery

All Interests: Knee Problems, Arthroscopic Surgery, Sports Health, Shoulder Problems, Fractures, Trauma

Dr. Kenneth C Hsiao, MD
Specializes in Urology, Other
355 Lennon Lane; Suite 205
Walnut Creek, CA
 

Dr. Kenneth Hsiao's specialty is urology (urinary tract disease). His areas of clinical interest consist of minimally invasive surgery, female urologic disorders, and vasectomy. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Alta Bates Summit Medical Center - Summit Campus, John Muir Medical Center, Concord, and John Muir Medical Center, Walnut Creek. Dr. Hsiao is an in-network provider for Blue Shield, Health Net, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield, as well as other insurance carriers. He graduated from Brown University, Alpert Medical School and then he performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with Emory University. In addition to English, he speaks French.

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Relevant Interests: , minimally invasive surgery

All Interests: Vasectomy, Female Urologic Disorders, Minimally Invasive Surgery

Dr. Nourollah Bidhandi Ghorbani, MD
Specializes in Plastic Surgery, Other
130 La Casa Viaduct; Suite 102
Walnut Creek, CA
 

Dr. Nourollah Ghorbani practices plastic surgery in Walnut Creek, CA. Dr. Ghorbani (or staff) speaks the following foreign languages: French and Persian. His clinical interests include eyelid surgery, thigh lift, and general reconstruction. His professional affiliations include John Muir Medical Center, Concord, John Muir Medical Center, Walnut Creek, and John Muir Physician Network. After attending Tehran University of Medical Sciences for medical school, Dr. Ghorbani completed his residency training at Beaumont Hospitals. Patient reviews placed him at an average of 4.0 stars out of 5. He takes Blue Shield, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Medicare insurance.

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Relevant Interests: , endoscopic surgery

All Interests: Eyelid Surgery, Dermabrasion, Botulinum Toxin Injection, Breast Augmentation, Laser Resurfacing, ... (Read more)

Dr. Michael Anthony Lee, MD
Specializes in Cardiac Electrophysiology
106 La Casa Viaduct; Suite 140
Walnut Creek, CA
 

Dr. Michael Lee is a cardiac electrophysiology (heart rhythm) specialist in Oakland, CA, Walnut Creek, CA, and Castro Valley, CA. In Dr. Lee's practice, he is particularly interested in heart problems and electrophysiological (EP) study. His patients gave him an average rating of 4.5 out of 5 stars. He is in-network for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and CIGNA Plans, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Lee attended the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), David Geffen School of Medicine and the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF), School of Medicine and then went on to complete his residency at National Institutes of Health (NIH). In addition to English, Dr. Lee (or staff) speaks Mandarin, Spanish, and Taiwanese. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Sutter Medical Network, Alta Bates Medical Group (ABMG), and Eden Medical Center. Dr. Lee is accepting new patients.

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Clinical Interests: Heart Problems, Electrophysiological Study

2013 Procedure Details

  • Medicare Volume: 46
  • Uninsured Cost: $2,199 - $2,538
  • Medicare Cost: $528 - $950
Dr. Babak Edraki, MD
Specializes in Gynecologic Oncology, Critical Care
1455 Montego; Suite 100
Walnut Creek, CA
 

Dr. Babak Edraki practices gynecologic oncology and critical care (intensive care medicine) in Walnut Creek, CA. His areas of expertise include the following: ovarian cancer, endometrial cancer, and vulvar cancer. His hospital/clinic affiliations include SEBMF - Diablo Division Community Provider Network, Alta Bates Summit Medical Center - Summit Campus, and John Muir Medical Center, Concord. Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Edraki accepts. He is accepting new patients. After completing medical school at George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences, he performed his residency at Stanford University Medical Center. Dr. Edraki (or staff) is conversant in French and Persian.

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Relevant Interests: , laparoscopic surgery, robotic surgery, da Vinci surgery

All Interests: Vaginal Cancer, Vulvar Cancer, Ovarian Cancer, Gynecologic Cancer, Endometrial Cancer, HPV, ... (Read more)

2013 Procedure Details

  • Medicare Volume: 11
  • Uninsured Cost: $7,512
  • Medicare Cost: $1,948
Dr. Jason Frederick Moy, MD
Specializes in General Surgery
1450 Treat Boulevard; Suite 200
Walnut Creek, CA
 

Dr. Jason Moy is a general surgeon in Walnut Creek, CA and Brentwood, CA. He has a 2.5 out of 5 star average patient rating. He has a special interest in weight loss surgery (bariatric surgery). Dr. Moy is professionally affiliated with Sutter Delta Medical Center, John Muir Medical Center, Concord, and John Muir Medical Center, Walnut Creek. He is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Blue Shield, Health Net, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield. He has an open panel. Dr. Moy attended Michigan State University College of Human Medicine and then went on to complete his residency at Beaumont Hospitals.

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Clinical Interests: Surgical Procedures, Weight Loss Surgery

2013 Procedure Details

  • Medicare Volume: 19
  • Uninsured Cost: $2,132
  • Medicare Cost: $682
Dr. Paul Louis Ludmer, MD
Specializes in Cardiac Electrophysiology
106 La Casa Viaduct; Suite 140
Walnut Creek, CA
 

Dr. Paul Ludmer is a cardiac electrophysiology (heart rhythm) specialist. He has a special interest in electrophysiological (EP) study. Dr. Ludmer's professional affiliations include Sutter Medical Network, Alta Bates Medical Group (ABMG), and Eden Medical Center. He is a graduate of the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF), School of Medicine. For his professional training, Dr. Ludmer completed a residency program at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF). On average, patients gave him a rating of 4.5 stars out of 5. He accepts Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, CIGNA Plans, and more. He has received the following distinction: San Francisco Super Doctors. He is open to new patients.

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Clinical Interests: Electrophysiological Study

2013 Procedure Details

  • Medicare Volume: 20
  • Uninsured Cost: $2,199
  • Medicare Cost: $525

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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.