We found 20 providers matching minimally invasive surgery and who accept CIGNA POS near Walnut Creek, CA.

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

Dr. Sunghoon Kim sees patients in Oakland, CA, Brentwood, CA, and San Ramon, CA. His medical specialty is pediatric general surgery. In his practice, Dr. Kim focuses on robotic surgery and thoracic (chest) surgery procedures. He honors Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and CIGNA Plans, in addition to other insurance carriers. After attending the University of Michigan Medical School, he completed his residency training at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) and a hospital affiliated with the University of California, Davis. Dr. Kim is conversant in Korean. His hospital/clinic 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: , robotic surgery

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

Dr. Ajay Kumar Upadhyay, MD
Specializes in General Surgery, Bariatric Surgery, Surgical Oncology, Other
3156 Oak Road; #405
Walnut Creek, CA
 

Dr. Ajay Upadhyay specializes in general surgery, bariatric surgery, and surgical oncology (cancer surgery). Dr. Upadhyay (or staff) is conversant in Hindi and Punjabi. He also offers language support for patients who speak Spanish. He is especially interested in cancer surgery and weight loss surgery (bariatric surgery). His hospital/clinic affiliations include Sutter Medical Network, Alta Bates Medical Group (ABMG), and St. Rose Hospital. Dr. Upadhyay's education and training includes medical school at Maulana Azad Medical College and residency at New York-Presbyterian Hospital and New York Hospital Queens. He takes several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and CIGNA Plans. He has an open panel.

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Relevant Interests: , laparoscopic liver resection, laparoscopic weight loss surgery, laparoscopic gallbladder removal, laparoscopic adrenalectomy, robotic surgery

All Interests: Achalasia, Research, Sleeve Gastrectomy, Incisional Hernia, Liver Cancer, Colon Cancer, Heller ... (Read more)

Dr. John Robert Griffin, MD
Specializes in Plastic Surgery, Hand Surgery
2401 Shadelands Drive
Walnut Creek, CA
 

Dr. John Griffin is a plastic surgeon and hand surgeon in San Mateo, CA, Oakland, CA, and Walnut Creek, CA. Dr. Griffin has a 4.5 out of 5 star average patient rating. His areas of expertise include the following: eyelid surgery, thigh lift, and general reconstruction. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Sutter Medical Network, UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital Oakland, and Palo Alto Medical Foundation (PAMF). Dr. Griffin takes several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and TRICARE. He has an open panel. He is a graduate of the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School. For his professional training, Dr. Griffin completed a residency program at a hospital affiliated with the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas.

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Relevant Interests: , endoscopic surgery

All Interests: Dermabrasion, Breast Augmentation, Dupuytren's Contracture, Endoscopic Surgery, Eyelid Problems, ... (Read more)

Dr. Rona Zel Silkiss, MD
Specializes in Ophthalmic Plastic Surgery, Pediatric Ophthalmology
1820 San Miguel Drive
Walnut Creek, CA
 

Dr. Rona Silkiss' specialties are ophthalmic plastic surgery and pediatric ophthalmology. Dr. Silkiss's patients gave her an average rating of 3.5 out of 5 stars. Her clinical interests include eyelid surgery, lipoma excision, and collagen injections. She is in-network for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, CIGNA Plans, and more. She attended medical school at Northwestern University, Feinberg School of Medicine. For her residency, Dr. Silkiss trained at Children's Hospital Los Angeles and Jules Stein Eye Institute. Dr. Silkiss has received professional recognition including the following: San Francisco Super Doctors. Dr. Silkiss (or staff) speaks Spanish, French, and Cantonese. Dr. Silkiss's professional affiliations include Alta Bates Medical Group (ABMG), California Pacific Medical Center (CPMC), and Washington Hospital Healthcare System. She has an open panel.

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Relevant Interests: , endoscopic dacryocystorhinostomy

All Interests: Graves Disease, Eye Muscle Surgery, Retinoblastoma, Retinopathy of Prematurity, Eyelid Problems, ... (Read more)

Dr. Elisabeth M Schleuning, MD
Specializes in General Obstetrics & Gynecology
911 Moraga Road; Suite 201
Lafayette, CA
 

Dr. Elisabeth Groginsky's area of specialization is general obstetrics & gynecology. In her practice, Dr. Groginsky focuses on women's health issues. Patient reviews placed her at an average of 4.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Groginsky honors Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Medi-Cal, and more. Before performing her residency at the University of Iowa Hospitals & Clinics, Dr. Groginsky attended the University of Chicago, Pritzker School of Medicine. Dr. Groginsky is conversant in French. She is professionally affiliated with Sutter Medical Network, Alta Bates Medical Group (ABMG), and Sutter East Bay Medical Foundation (SEBMF). New patients are welcome to contact Dr. Groginsky's office for an appointment.

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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. Amir A Jamali, MD
Specializes in Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery
130 La Casa Viaduct, Building 3; Suite 111
Walnut Creek, CA
 

Dr. Amir Jamali is an orthopedic surgeon in Walnut Creek, CA, Sacramento, CA, and Fremont, CA. Dr. Jamali's areas of expertise consist of knee problems, arthroscopic surgery, and replacement arthroplasty (joint replacement). He is professionally affiliated with Sutter Medical Network, Alta Bates Summit Medical Center - Alta Bates Campus, and Sutter Medical Center, Sacramento. He obtained his medical school training at Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) School of Medicine and performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, San Diego (UCSD). He is rated highly by his patients. Dr. Jamali is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and CIGNA Plans. He has received the distinction of Sacramento Super Doctors. He is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , knee arthroscopy, shoulder arthroscopy

All Interests: Meniscus Repair, Knee Arthritis, Sports Health, Bursitis, Partial Knee Replacement, Osteomyelitis, ... (Read more)

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). He works in Oakland, CA, Walnut Creek, CA, and Castro Valley, CA. He has a 4.5 out of 5 star average patient rating. In Dr. Ludmer's practice, he is particularly interested in electrophysiological (EP) study. He is affiliated with Sutter Medical Network, Alta Bates Medical Group (ABMG), and Eden Medical Center. He is an in-network provider for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and CIGNA Plans, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Ludmer is accepting new patients. He attended the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF), School of Medicine and then went on to complete 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.

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Clinical Interests: Electrophysiological Study

2013 Procedure Details

Source: Medicare Provider Utilization and Payment Data

  • Volume: 20
  • Charge (avg.): $2,199
  • Negotiated Rate (avg.): $525
Dr. Dimitry L Lerner, MD
Specializes in Gynecologic Oncology
1455 Montego; Suite 100
Walnut Creek, CA
 

Dr. Dimitry Lerner practices gynecologic oncology. Dr. Lerner is especially interested in ovarian cancer, endometrial cancer, and vulvar cancer. He takes Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and CIGNA Plans, as well as other insurance carriers. After attending Tel Aviv University, Sackler Faculty of Medicine for medical school, he completed his residency training at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center. He speaks Russian. He is affiliated with Sutter Medical Network, Alta Bates Medical Group (ABMG), and Alta Bates Summit Medical Center - Summit Campus. Dr. Lerner welcomes new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , minimally invasive surgery, robotic surgery, da Vinci surgery

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

Dr. Michael G Cedars, MD
Specializes in Plastic Surgery
2401 Shadelands Drive
Walnut Creek, CA
 

Dr. Michael Cedars' area of specialization is plastic surgery. The average patient rating for Dr. Cedars is 5.0 stars out of 5. His clinical interests include dermabrasion, mini tummy tuck, and botox injection. Dr. Cedars's professional affiliations include Sutter Medical Network, Brown & Toland Physicians, and UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital Oakland. He is in-network for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and CIGNA Plans, as well as other insurance carriers. New patients are welcome to contact his office for an appointment. Dr. Cedars graduated from the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF), School of Medicine. His residency was performed at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center. Dr. Cedars has received the following distinction: San Francisco Super Doctors.

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Relevant Interests: , endoscopic surgery

All Interests: Dermabrasion, Breast Augmentation, Eyelid Retraction Repair, Ptosis Repair, Endoscopic Surgery, Lip ... (Read more)

Dr. Nirav Kiritkumar Pandya, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery
2401 Shadelands
Walnut Creek, CA
 

Dr. Nirav Pandya's specialty is pediatric orthopedics/orthopedic surgery. He is professionally affiliated with Sutter Medical Network, Alta Bates Medical Group (ABMG), and UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital Oakland. Dr. Pandya is an in-network provider for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, CIGNA Plans, and more. He is accepting new patients. He is a graduate of the University of Chicago, Pritzker School of Medicine. Dr. Pandya trained at Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania for his residency.

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Relevant Interests: , arthroscopic surgery

All Interests: PCL Injury, Sports Health, ACL Injury, Hip Problems, Wrist Surgery, Elbow Problems, Arthroscopic ... (Read more)

Dr. Anahat Kaur Sandhu, MD
Specializes in General Obstetrics & Gynecology
970 Dewing Avenue; #203
Lafayette, CA
 

Dr. Anahat Sandhu's specialty is general obstetrics & gynecology. Clinical interests for Dr. Sandhu include menopause. Her average patient rating is 3.5 stars out of 5. She honors Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and CIGNA Plans, as well as other insurance carriers. She is a graduate of the University of Chicago, Pritzker School of Medicine. Dr. Sandhu completed her residency training at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). She speaks Punjabi. She is professionally affiliated with Sutter Medical Network, Alta Bates Medical Group (ABMG), and Alta Bates Summit Medical Center - Alta Bates Campus. 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: Menopause, Colposcopy, Diabetes during Pregnancy, Adolescent Gynecology, Pre-Eclampsia, NovaSure, ... (Read more)

Dr. Santi D Rao, MD
Specializes in Spine Surgery, Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery
2291 Pacheco Street
Concord, CA
 

Dr. Santi Rao's specialties are spine surgery and orthopedics/orthopedic surgery. He practices in Concord, CA. He has indicated that his clinical interests include orthopedic surgery. Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and CIGNA Plans are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Rao accepts. Dr. Rao's education and training includes medical school at B.J. Medical College, Pune and Armed Forces Medical College and residency at New Britain General Hospital, a hospital affiliated with SUNY Downstate Medical Center, and a hospital affiliated with SUNY Upstate Medical University. Dr. Rao (or staff) speaks the following foreign languages: Spanish, French, and Hindi. He is affiliated with SEBMF - Diablo Division Community Provider Network, Sutter Solano Medical Center, and John Muir Medical Center, Concord. Dr. Rao has an open panel.

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Relevant Interests: , endoscopic surgery

All Interests: Artificial Disc Replacement, Stenosis, Neck Pain, Endoscopic Surgery, Total Disc Replacement, Lower ... (Read more)

Dr. Andrew David Smith, MD
Specializes in Urology
355 Lennon Lane; Suite 205
Walnut Creek, CA
 

Dr. Andrew Smith works as an urologist. He accepts Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, CIGNA Plans, and more. Dr. Smith attended Boston University School of Medicine and subsequently trained at Beth Israel Medical Center for residency. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Sutter Medical Network, Alta Bates Medical Group (ABMG), and Alta Bates Summit Medical Center - Summit Campus. Dr. Smith's practice is open to new patients.

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2013 Procedure Details

Source: Medicare Provider Utilization and Payment Data

  • Volume: 13
  • Charge (avg.): $1,451
  • Negotiated Rate (avg.): $741
Dr. Samuel Wang, MD
Specializes in Adult Cardiology, Cardiac Electrophysiology
3466 Mt. Diablo Boulevard
Lafayette, CA
 

Dr. Samuel Wang is an adult cardiologist and cardiac electrophysiologist. In addition to English, Dr. Wang speaks Mandarin. He is affiliated with Sutter Medical Network, Alta Bates Medical Group (ABMG), and Alta Bates Summit Medical Center - Alta Bates Campus. He is a graduate of Tufts University School of Medicine. Dr. Wang trained at Tufts Medical Center for residency. Patients gave him an average rating of 2.0 stars out of 5. Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and CIGNA Plans are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Wang accepts. Dr. Wang welcomes new patients.

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2013 Procedure Details

Source: Medicare Provider Utilization and Payment Data

  • Volume: 20
  • Charge (avg.): $1,850
  • Negotiated Rate (avg.): $539
Dr. Steven Kang, MD
Specializes in Cardiac Electrophysiology
106 La Casa Viaduct; #140
Walnut Creek, CA
 

Dr. Steven Kang is a specialist in cardiac electrophysiology (heart rhythm). He works in Oakland, CA, Walnut Creek, CA, and San Ramon, CA. Dr. Kang's clinical interests include heart problems and electrophysiological (EP) study. He is rated 4.5 stars out of 5 by his patients. He honors Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and CIGNA Plans, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Kang studied medicine at George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences. He trained at George Washington University Medical Center for his residency. He is affiliated with Sutter Medical Network, Alta Bates Medical Group (ABMG), and Eden Medical Center. He is accepting new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , cardiac resynchronization therapy (CRT)

All Interests: Ventricular Arrhythmia, Syncope, Ventricular Tachycardia, Supraventricular Tachycardia, Atrial ... (Read more)

Dr. Sassan Falsafi, MD
Specializes in Otolaryngology
911 Moraga Road; Suite 102
Lafayette, CA
 

Dr. Sassan Falsafi's area of specialization is otolaryngology (ear, nose, and throat). Dr. Falsafi (or staff) speaks the following foreign languages: Filipino and Persian. In Dr. Falsafi's practice, he is particularly interested in sinuplasty. He is professionally affiliated with Sutter Medical Network, Alta Bates Medical Group (ABMG), and Alta Bates Summit Medical Center - Alta Bates Campus. He attended Indiana University School of Medicine and subsequently trained at Boston Medical Center and a hospital affiliated with SUNY Downstate Medical Center for residency. He has a 2.0 out of 5 star average patient rating. Dr. Falsafi is an in-network provider for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and CIGNA Plans, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Falsafi welcomes new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , endoscopic sinus surgery, sinuplasty

All Interests: Turbinate Reduction Surgery, Sinuplasty, Nose Surgery, Endoscopic Sinus Surgery, Neck Surgery, ... (Read more)

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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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