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We found 56 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 works as a pediatric general surgeon in Oakland, CA, Brentwood, CA, and San Ramon, CA. In his practice, he is particularly interested in minimally invasive surgery and thoracic (chest) surgery procedures. He honors several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and CIGNA Plans. Dr. Kim is a graduate of the University of Michigan Medical School. His medical residency was performed at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) and a hospital affiliated with the University of California, Davis. In addition to English, he speaks Korean. Dr. Kim's professional affiliations include SEBMF - Diablo Division Community Provider Network, Sutter Medical Network, and Alta Bates Medical Group (ABMG). He is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , minimally invasive 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 sees patients in Walnut Creek, CA and Brentwood, CA. Her medical specialty is thoracic surgery. She accepts Blue Shield, Health Net, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield insurance. Dr. Straznicka is a graduate of the University of Miami, Miller School of Medicine. Her training includes residency programs at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital and The University Hospital, Newark. She has received the distinction of San Francisco Super Doctors. Dr. Straznicka is conversant in Czech. Her professional affiliations include Sutter Delta Medical Center, Eden Medical Center, and John Muir Medical Center, Concord. New patients are welcome to contact Dr. Straznicka's office for an appointment.

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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 is a general surgery, pediatric thoracic surgery, and pediatric cardiac surgery specialist. Dr. Nasirov speaks Russian. He has indicated that his clinical interests include heart surgery. His hospital/clinic affiliations include UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital Oakland, Sutter Medical Center, Sacramento, and Lucile Packard Children's Hospital Stanford. Dr. Nasirov attended medical school at St. George's University School of Medicine. His training includes 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. He honors Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Valley Health Plan, and Blue Shield, in addition to other insurance carriers. He has received professional recognition including the following: Sacramento Super Doctors. Dr. Nasirov is open to 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 specialties are cardiac surgery, vascular surgery, and thoracic surgery. He practices in Danville, CA, Concord, CA, and Antioch, CA. After completing medical school at Goethe University Frankfurt, he performed his residency at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center. He has indicated that his clinical interests include maze procedure and minimally invasive cardiac surgery. Dr. Kamlot accepts several insurance carriers, including Blue Shield, Health Net, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield. Dr. Kamlot is conversant in German. His professional affiliations include SEBMF - Diablo Division Community Provider Network, Sutter Delta Medical Center, and John Muir Medical Center, Concord. His practice is open to new patients.

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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 sees patients in Walnut Creek, CA and Castro Valley, CA. His medical specialty is thoracic surgery. Dr. Shah accepts Blue Shield, Health Net, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield insurance. He obtained his medical school training at St. George's University School of Medicine and performed his residency at Albany Medical Center. He is professionally affiliated with Sutter Delta Medical Center, Eden Medical Center, and Alta Bates Summit Medical Center - Alta Bates Campus. He has an open panel.

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2013 Procedure Details

  • Medicare Volume: 43
  • Uninsured Cost: $308 - $2,033
  • Medicare Cost: $80 - $560
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. Behmand has received a 5.0 out of 5 star rating by Dr. Behmand's patients. These areas are among Dr. Behmand's clinical interests: eyelid surgery, thigh lift, and general reconstruction. Dr. Behmand honors Blue Shield and Blue Cross/Blue Shield insurance. Dr. Behmand's education and training includes medical school at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine and residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Michigan. Dr. Behmand has received professional recognition including the following: San Francisco Super Doctors. Dr. Behmand (or staff) speaks the following foreign languages: German and Persian. Dr. Behmand's professional affiliations include 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 sees patients in Walnut Creek, CA. His medical specialties are general surgery and colon & rectal surgery. Dr. Oommen has a 4.5 out of 5 star average patient rating. He is an in-network provider for Blue Shield, Anthem, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield insurance. He obtained his medical school training at Karnataka Institute of Medical Sciences and performed his residency at Brookdale University Hospital and Medical Center. He has received the distinction of San Francisco Super Doctors. Dr. Oommen is conversant in Indian Languages. He is professionally affiliated with John Muir Medical Center, Concord, John Muir Medical Center, Walnut Creek, and John Muir Physician Network.

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2013 Procedure Details

  • Medicare Volume: 14
  • Uninsured Cost: $3,944
  • Medicare Cost: $1,638
Dr. Elisabeth M Schleuning, MD
Specializes in General Obstetrics & Gynecology
911 Moraga Road; Suite 201
Lafayette, CA
 

Dr. Elisabeth Groginsky is a specialist in general obstetrics & gynecology. After attending the University of Chicago, Pritzker School of Medicine, she completed her residency training at the University of Iowa Hospitals & Clinics. Dr. Groginsky's clinical interests encompass women's health issues. Her average patient rating is 4.5 stars out of 5. She accepts Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and CIGNA Plans, as well as other insurance carriers. She is conversant in French. Dr. Groginsky is professionally affiliated with Sutter Medical Network, Alta Bates Medical Group (ABMG), and Alta Bates Summit Medical Center - Alta Bates Campus. She is accepting 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. Christian Nathan Kirman, MD
Specializes in Plastic Surgery
106 La Casa Viaduct; 200
Walnut Creek, CA
 

Dr. Christian Kirman is a plastic surgeon in Concord, CA, Martinez, CA, and Walnut Creek, CA. His clinical interests include thigh lift, general reconstruction, and tummy tuck (abdominoplasty). Patient ratings for Dr. Kirman average 5.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Kirman is an in-network provider for Blue Shield, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Medicare insurance. He graduated from the University of Arizona College of Medicine and then he performed his residency at Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center. He is conversant in German. Dr. Kirman is 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 practices pediatric orthopedics/orthopedic surgery in Walnut Creek, CA, Stanford, CA, and Palo Alto, CA. Dr. Chan's clinical interests include knee problems, arthroscopic surgery, and sports health. He is in-network for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Valley Health Plan, Blue Shield, and more. He studied medicine 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 conversant in Mandarin. He is professionally affiliated with UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital Oakland, Lucile Packard Children's Hospital Stanford, and John Muir Medical Center, Walnut Creek.

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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 works as an urologist. In his practice, Dr. Hsiao focuses on minimally invasive surgery, female urologic disorders, and vasectomy. He is professionally affiliated with Alta Bates Summit Medical Center - Summit Campus, John Muir Medical Center, Concord, and John Muir Medical Center, Walnut Creek. He takes Blue Shield, Health Net, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield, as well as other insurance carriers. He is a graduate of Brown University, Alpert Medical School. For his residency, Dr. Hsiao trained at a hospital affiliated with Emory University. 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 is a specialist in plastic surgery. Before completing his residency at Beaumont Hospitals, Dr. Ghorbani attended medical school at Tehran University of Medical Sciences. His areas of expertise include the following: eyelid surgery, thigh lift, and general reconstruction. He is rated 4.0 stars out of 5 by his patients. He takes Blue Shield, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Medicare insurance. Dr. Ghorbani (or staff) speaks the following languages: French and Persian. Dr. Ghorbani is affiliated with John Muir Medical Center, Concord, John Muir Medical Center, Walnut Creek, and John Muir Physician Network.

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Relevant Interests: , endoscopic surgery

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

Dr. Jason Frederick Moy, MD
Specializes in General Surgery
1450 Treat Boulevard; Suite 200
Walnut Creek, CA
 

Dr. Jason Moy is a medical specialist in general surgery. His clinical interests include weight loss surgery (bariatric surgery). Patients gave him an average rating of 2.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Moy is an in-network provider for Blue Shield, Health Net, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Moy is a graduate of Michigan State University College of Human Medicine. His residency was performed at Beaumont Hospitals. He is professionally affiliated with Sutter Delta Medical Center, John Muir Medical Center, Concord, and John Muir Medical Center, Walnut Creek. He is accepting new patients.

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

Dr. Michael Lee's medical specialty is cardiac electrophysiology (heart rhythm). His clinical interests include heart problems and electrophysiological (EP) study. Patient reviews placed Dr. Lee at an average of 4.5 stars out of 5. He is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and CIGNA Plans. He obtained his medical school training at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), David Geffen School of Medicine and the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF), School of Medicine and performed his residency at National Institutes of Health (NIH). Dr. Lee (or staff) speaks Mandarin, Spanish, and Taiwanese. Dr. Lee's professional affiliations include Sutter Medical Network, Alta Bates Medical Group (ABMG), and Eden Medical Center. He 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's areas of specialization are gynecologic oncology and critical care (intensive care medicine); he sees patients in Walnut Creek, CA. Dr. Edraki attended George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences for medical school and subsequently trained at Stanford University Medical Center for residency. Areas of expertise for Dr. Edraki include ovarian cancer, endometrial cancer, and vulvar cancer. He is in-network for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Shield, and more. Dr. Edraki (or staff) speaks French and Persian. His professional affiliations include SEBMF - Diablo Division Community Provider Network, Alta Bates Summit Medical Center - Summit Campus, and John Muir Medical Center, Concord. Dr. Edraki welcomes new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , robotic surgery, da Vinci surgery

All Interests: Vulvar Cancer, Ovarian Cancer, Gynecologic Cancer, Endometrial Cancer, HPV, Da Vinci Surgery, ... (Read more)

2013 Procedure Details

  • Medicare Volume: 11
  • Uninsured Cost: $7,512
  • Medicare Cost: $1,948
Dr. Paul Louis Ludmer, MD
Specializes in Cardiac Electrophysiology
106 La Casa Viaduct; Suite 140
Walnut Creek, CA
 

Dr. Paul Ludmer's area of specialization is cardiac electrophysiology (heart rhythm). On average, patients gave Dr. Ludmer a rating of 4.5 stars out of 5. His areas of expertise include electrophysiological (EP) study. He is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and CIGNA Plans. He graduated from the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF), School of Medicine and then he performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF). Dr. Ludmer has received professional recognition including the following: San Francisco Super Doctors. His professional affiliations include Sutter Medical Network, Alta Bates Medical Group (ABMG), and Eden Medical Center. New patients are welcome to contact his office for an appointment.

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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.