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We found 54 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 medical specialist in pediatric general surgery. His clinical interests encompass minimally invasive surgery and thoracic (chest) surgery procedures. His hospital/clinic affiliations include SEBMF - Diablo Division Community Provider Network, Sutter Medical Network, and Alta Bates Medical Group (ABMG). Dr. Kim takes Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, CIGNA Plans, and more. He welcomes new patients. He attended the University of Michigan Medical School and then went on to complete his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) and a hospital affiliated with the University of California, Davis. Dr. Kim speaks Korean.

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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's specialty is thoracic surgery. She is in-network for Blue Shield, Health Net, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield insurance. Dr. Straznicka attended the University of Miami, Miller School of Medicine and subsequently trained at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital and The University Hospital, Newark for residency. She has received professional recognition including the following: San Francisco Super Doctors. She speaks Czech. She is professionally affiliated with Sutter Delta Medical Center, Eden Medical Center, and John Muir Medical Center, Concord. Dr. Straznicka is accepting new patients.

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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 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. Andreas Kamlot, MD
Specializes in Cardiac Surgery, Vascular Surgery, Thoracic Surgery
2222 East Street; #375
Concord, CA
 

Dr. Andreas Kamlot is a specialist in cardiac surgery, vascular surgery, and thoracic surgery. He studied medicine at Goethe University Frankfurt. Dr. Kamlot trained at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center for his residency. He is especially interested in maze procedure and minimally invasive cardiac surgery. He is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Blue Shield, Health Net, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield. Dr. Kamlot speaks German. His professional affiliations include SEBMF - Diablo Division Community Provider Network, Sutter Delta Medical Center, and John Muir Medical Center, Concord. 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's area of specialization is thoracic surgery. He is in-network for 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. Dr. Shah's professional affiliations include Sutter Delta Medical Center, Eden Medical Center, and Alta Bates Summit Medical Center - Alta Bates Campus. He is accepting new patients.

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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 practices plastic surgery and hand surgery in Walnut Creek, CA. Patients gave Dr. Behmand an average rating of 5.0 stars out of 5. Clinical interests for Dr. Behmand include eyelid surgery, thigh lift, and general reconstruction. Dr. Behmand takes Blue Shield and Blue Cross/Blue Shield insurance. After attending Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine, Dr. Behmand completed Dr. Behmand's residency training at a hospital affiliated with the University of Michigan. Dr. Behmand has received the following distinction: San Francisco Super Doctors. Dr. Behmand (or staff) speaks the following foreign 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 specialties are general surgery and colon & rectal surgery. He practices in Walnut Creek, CA. Patient reviews placed him at an average of 4.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Oommen accepts 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. He is conversant in Indian Languages. Dr. Oommen's hospital/clinic affiliations include 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 specializes in general obstetrics & gynecology and practices in Oakland, CA and Lafayette, CA. Areas of expertise for Dr. Groginsky include women's health issues. Her average rating from her patients is 4.5 stars out of 5. She accepts Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and CIGNA Plans, in addition to other insurance carriers. Before completing her residency at the University of Iowa Hospitals & Clinics, Dr. Groginsky attended medical school at the University of Chicago, Pritzker School of Medicine. In addition to English, Dr. Groginsky speaks French. She is professionally affiliated with Sutter Medical Network, Alta Bates Medical Group (ABMG), and Alta Bates Summit Medical Center - Alta Bates Campus. Dr. Groginsky welcomes 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's area of specialization is plastic surgery. His areas of expertise include the following: thigh lift, general reconstruction, and tummy tuck (abdominoplasty). Dr. Kirman is rated 5.0 stars out of 5 by his patients. He is in-network for Blue Shield, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Medicare insurance. He graduated from the University of Arizona College of Medicine. He trained at Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center for residency. Dr. Kirman is conversant in German. Dr. Kirman's professional affiliations include VA Northern California Health Care System, John Muir Medical Center, Concord, and John Muir Medical Center, Walnut Creek. He is accepting 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 specializes in pediatric orthopedics/orthopedic surgery and practices in Walnut Creek, CA, Stanford, CA, and Palo Alto, CA. Dr. Chan is conversant in Mandarin. Areas of expertise for Dr. Chan include knee problems, arthroscopic surgery, and sports health. His hospital/clinic affiliations include UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital Oakland, Lucile Packard Children's Hospital Stanford, and John Muir Medical Center, Walnut Creek. Dr. Chan obtained his medical school training at Brown University, Alpert Medical School and performed his residency at the University of Rochester Medical Center and a hospital affiliated with Stony Brook University Medical Center. He honors Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Valley Health Plan, Blue Shield, and more.

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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 is an urologist in Walnut Creek, CA, Concord, CA, and Brentwood, CA. In his practice, Dr. Hsiao focuses on minimally invasive surgery, female urologic disorders, and vasectomy. He is an in-network provider for Blue Shield, Health Net, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and more. After completing medical school at Brown University, Alpert Medical School, Dr. Hsiao performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with Emory University. Dr. Hsiao speaks French. He is professionally affiliated with Alta Bates Summit Medical Center - Summit Campus, John Muir Medical Center, Concord, and John Muir Medical Center, Walnut Creek.

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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 works as a plastic surgeon. In addition to English, Dr. Ghorbani (or staff) speaks French and Persian. Clinical interests for Dr. Ghorbani include eyelid surgery, thigh lift, and general reconstruction. Dr. Ghorbani's hospital/clinic affiliations include John Muir Medical Center, Concord, John Muir Medical Center, Walnut Creek, and John Muir Physician Network. He is a graduate of Tehran University of Medical Sciences and a graduate of Beaumont Hospitals' residency program. Dr. Ghorbani's average rating from his patients is 4.0 stars out of 5. He accepts 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's specialty is cardiac electrophysiology (heart rhythm). Patient ratings for Dr. Lee average 4.5 stars out of 5. His clinical interests include heart problems and electrophysiological (EP) study. Dr. Lee is professionally affiliated with Sutter Medical Network, Alta Bates Medical Group (ABMG), and Eden Medical Center. Dr. Lee is in-network for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, CIGNA Plans, and more. He is accepting new patients. He studied medicine at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), David Geffen School of Medicine and the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF), School of Medicine. His medical residency was performed at National Institutes of Health (NIH). Dr. Lee (or staff) is conversant in Mandarin, Spanish, and Taiwanese.

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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, who practices in Walnut Creek, CA, is a medical specialist in gynecologic oncology and critical care (intensive care medicine). His areas of expertise include the following: ovarian cancer, endometrial cancer, and vulvar cancer. Dr. Edraki's hospital/clinic affiliations include SEBMF - Diablo Division Community Provider Network, Alta Bates Summit Medical Center - Summit Campus, and John Muir Medical Center, Concord. He is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield. His practice is open to new patients. His education and training includes medical school at George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences and residency at Stanford University Medical Center. Dr. Edraki (or staff) speaks the following languages: 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 practices general surgery. Patient ratings for Dr. Moy average 2.5 stars out of 5. Areas of expertise for Dr. Moy include weight loss surgery (bariatric surgery). Dr. Moy is affiliated with Sutter Delta Medical Center, John Muir Medical Center, Concord, and John Muir Medical Center, Walnut Creek. Dr. Moy is an in-network provider for Blue Shield, Health Net, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and more. He has an open panel. He is a graduate of Michigan State University College of Human Medicine and a graduate of Beaumont Hospitals' residency program.

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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 specialist in cardiac electrophysiology (heart rhythm). Dr. Ludmer's average rating from his patients is 4.5 stars out of 5. In his practice, Dr. Ludmer focuses on electrophysiological (EP) study. He accepts Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and CIGNA Plans, in addition to other insurance carriers. 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 the following distinction: San Francisco Super Doctors. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Sutter Medical Network, Alta Bates Medical Group (ABMG), and Eden Medical Center. His practice 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.