We found 21 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 specializes in pediatric general surgery. He is conversant in Korean. Areas of particular interest for Dr. Kim include robotic surgery and thoracic (chest) surgery procedures. Dr. Kim's hospital/clinic affiliations include SEBMF - Diablo Division Community Provider Network, Sutter Medical Network, and Alta Bates Medical Group (ABMG). He attended medical school at the University of Michigan Medical School. For his residency, Dr. Kim trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) and a hospital affiliated with the University of California, Davis. Dr. Kim accepts 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.

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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 is a physician who specializes in general surgery, bariatric surgery, and surgical oncology (cancer surgery). Dr. Upadhyay (or staff) speaks Hindi and Punjabi. In addition, he offers language support for patients who speak Spanish. His areas of clinical interest consist of cancer surgery and weight loss surgery (bariatric surgery). He is professionally affiliated with Sutter Medical Network, Sutter East Bay Medical Foundation HMO Network, and St. Rose Hospital. Before performing his residency at New York-Presbyterian Hospital and New York Hospital Queens, Dr. Upadhyay attended Maulana Azad Medical College for medical school. Dr. Upadhyay takes Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and CIGNA Plans, as well as other insurance carriers. His practice is open to new patients.

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

Dr. Rona Silkiss is a medical specialist in ophthalmic plastic surgery and pediatric ophthalmology. She obtained her medical school training at Northwestern University, Feinberg School of Medicine and performed her residency at Children's Hospital Los Angeles and Jules Stein Eye Institute. Her areas of expertise include the following: eyelid surgery, lipoma excision, and collagen injections. Patients gave Dr. Silkiss an average rating of 3.5 stars out of 5. She is an in-network provider for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and CIGNA Plans, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Silkiss has received the distinction of San Francisco Super Doctors. Dr. Silkiss (or staff) is conversant in Spanish, French, and Cantonese. She is professionally affiliated with California Pacific Medical Center (CPMC), Sutter East Bay Medical Foundation HMO Network, and Washington Hospital Healthcare System. New patients are welcome to contact Dr. Silkiss's office for an appointment.

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Relevant Interests: , endoscopic dacryocystorhinostomy

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

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

Dr. John Griffin's medical specialty is plastic surgery. Dr. Griffin's clinical interests include eyelid surgery, thigh lift, and general reconstruction. Patient reviews placed him at an average of 4.5 stars out of 5. He is an in-network provider for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, TRICARE, and more. He is a graduate of the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School. Dr. Griffin's residency was performed at a hospital affiliated with the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas. He is professionally affiliated with Sutter Medical Network, UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital Oakland, and Palo Alto Medical Foundation (PAMF). Dr. Griffin has an open panel.

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Relevant Interests: , endoscopic surgery

All Interests: Dermabrasion, Breast Augmentation, Dupuytren's Contracture, Endoscopic Surgery, Eyelid Problems, ... (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 practices orthopedics/orthopedic surgery in Walnut Creek, CA, Sacramento, CA, and Fremont, CA. Clinical interests for Dr. Jamali include knee problems, arthroscopic surgery, and replacement arthroplasty (joint replacement). He has received a 4.5 out of 5 star rating by his patients. Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and CIGNA Plans are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Jamali honors. He attended Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) School of Medicine and subsequently trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, San Diego (UCSD) for residency. He has received the distinction of Sacramento Super Doctors. Dr. Jamali is affiliated with Sutter Medical Network, Alta Bates Summit Medical Center - Alta Bates Campus, and Sutter Medical Center, Sacramento. His practice is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , arthroscopic surgery, knee arthroscopy, shoulder arthroscopy

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

Dr. Lisa L Lattanza, MD
Specializes in Hand Surgery, Pediatric Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery
2401 Shadelands Drive
Walnut Creek, CA
 

Dr. Lisa Lattanza is a pediatric orthopedic surgeon and hand surgeon. These areas are among Dr. Lattanza's clinical interests: dupuytren's contracture, wrist fracture, and tennis elbow (lateral epicondylitis). Patients gave her an average rating of 3.5 stars out of 5. She takes Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, CIGNA Plans, and more. After completing medical school at the University of Toledo College of Medicine, Dr. Lattanza performed her residency at the University of Missouri Health System and a hospital affiliated with the University of Missouri-Kansas City (UMKC). She has received the following distinction: San Francisco Super Doctors. She is affiliated with Sutter Medical Network, Alta Bates Medical Group (ABMG), and UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital Oakland. New patients are welcome to contact her office for an appointment.

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Relevant Interests: , arthroscopic surgery

All Interests: Wrist Fracture, Hand Fracture, Dupuytren's Contracture, Wrist Problems, Elbow Problems, Elbow ... (Read more)

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

Dr. Elisabeth Schleuning is a specialist in general obstetrics & gynecology. She works in Berkeley, CA, Oakland, CA, and Lafayette, CA. Dr. Schleuning's patients gave her an average rating of 4.5 out of 5 stars. Her areas of expertise include women's health issues. She accepts Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Medi-Cal, in addition to other insurance carriers. After attending the University of Chicago, Pritzker School of Medicine, she completed her residency training at the University of Iowa Hospitals & Clinics. In addition to English, Dr. Schleuning speaks French. She is professionally affiliated with Sutter Medical Network, Sutter East Bay Medical Foundation HMO Network, and Sutter East Bay Medical Foundation (SEBMF). Dr. Schleuning 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. Dimitry L Lerner, MD
Specializes in Gynecologic Oncology
1455 Montego; Suite 100
Walnut Creek, CA
 

Dr. Dimitry Lerner is a specialist in gynecologic oncology. He works in Walnut Creek, CA. Dr. Lerner's areas of expertise consist of ovarian cancer, endometrial cancer, and vulvar cancer. Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and CIGNA Plans are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Lerner honors. He attended Tel Aviv University, Sackler Faculty of Medicine and then went on to complete his residency at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center. He is conversant in Russian. Dr. Lerner's professional affiliations include Sutter Medical Network, Alta Bates Medical Group (ABMG), and Alta Bates Summit Medical Center - Summit Campus. He has an open panel.

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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. Paul Louis Ludmer, MD
Specializes in Cardiac Electrophysiology
106 La Casa Viaduct; Suite 140
Walnut Creek, CA
 

Dr. Paul Ludmer works as a cardiac electrophysiologist. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Sutter Medical Network, Sutter East Bay Medical Foundation HMO Network, and Eden Medical Center. Dr. Ludmer 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). Patients gave him an average rating of 4.5 stars out of 5. Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and CIGNA Plans are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Ludmer honors. He has received the distinction of San Francisco Super Doctors. He is accepting new patients.

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2013 Procedure Details

Source: Medicare Provider Utilization and Payment Data

  • Volume: 20
  • Charge (avg.): $2,199
  • Negotiated Rate (avg.): $525
Dr. Nirav Kiritkumar Pandya, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery
2401 Shadelands
Walnut Creek, CA
 

Dr. Nirav Pandya is a specialist in pediatric orthopedics/orthopedic surgery. Dr. Pandya's hospital/clinic affiliations include Sutter Medical Network, Alta Bates Medical Group (ABMG), and UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital Oakland. He attended the University of Chicago, Pritzker School of Medicine and then went on to complete his residency at Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. He takes Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and CIGNA Plans, in addition to other insurance carriers. He is accepting new patients.

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

Dr. Michael Cedars is a plastic surgeon. His areas of expertise include dermabrasion, mini tummy tuck, and botox injection. Patients gave him an average rating of 5.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Cedars is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and CIGNA Plans. Dr. Cedars's education and training includes medical school at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF), School of Medicine and residency at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center. He has received the distinction of San Francisco Super Doctors. He is affiliated with Sutter Medical Network, Brown & Toland Physicians, and UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital Oakland. New patients are welcome to contact his office for an appointment.

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Relevant Interests: , endoscopic surgery

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

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

Dr. Anahat Sandhu works as a general OB/GYN. Dr. Sandhu is rated 3.5 stars out of 5 by her patients. Her areas of expertise include menopause. She is affiliated with Sutter Medical Network, Sutter East Bay Medical Foundation HMO Network, and Alta Bates Summit Medical Center - Alta Bates Campus. Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and CIGNA Plans are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Sandhu honors. Dr. Sandhu has an open panel. She attended medical school at the University of Chicago, Pritzker School of Medicine. She completed her residency training at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). She is conversant in Punjabi.

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

Dr. Andrew Smith's area of specialization is urology (urinary tract disease). Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and CIGNA Plans are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Smith honors. He attended Boston University School of Medicine and subsequently trained at Beth Israel Medical Center for residency. Dr. Smith's hospital/clinic affiliations include Sutter Medical Network, Sutter East Bay Medical Foundation HMO Network, and Alta Bates Summit Medical Center - Summit Campus. New patients are welcome to contact his office for an appointment.

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

Dr. Santi Rao is a medical specialist in spine surgery and orthopedics/orthopedic surgery. Areas of expertise for Dr. Rao include orthopedic surgery. Dr. Rao honors Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, CIGNA Plans, and more. His 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) is conversant in Spanish, French, and Hindi. He is professionally affiliated with SEBMF - Diablo Division Community Provider Network, Sutter Solano Medical Center, and John Muir Medical Center, Concord. Dr. Rao is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , endoscopic surgery

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

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. He has a 2.0 out of 5 star average patient rating. He accepts several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and CIGNA Plans. Before performing his residency at Tufts Medical Center, Dr. Wang attended Tufts University School of Medicine. He speaks Mandarin. Dr. Wang is affiliated with Sutter Medical Network, Sutter East Bay Medical Foundation HMO Network, and Alta Bates Summit Medical Center - Alta Bates Campus. He 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 practices cardiac electrophysiology (heart rhythm). Patient reviews placed Dr. Kang at an average of 4.5 stars out of 5. In his practice, he is particularly interested in heart problems and electrophysiological (EP) study. His professional affiliations include Sutter Medical Network, Sutter East Bay Medical Foundation HMO Network, and Eden Medical Center. He takes Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and CIGNA Plans, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Kang is accepting new patients. He graduated from George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences and then he performed his residency at George Washington University Medical Center.

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Relevant Interests: , cardiac resynchronization therapy (CRT)

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