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Specializes in Pediatric Surgery, General Surgery
840 S Wood Street; Suite 416
Chicago, IL

Dr. Ami Shah is a physician who specializes in pediatric surgery and general surgery. Clinical interests for Dr. Shah include thyroid problems, anoscopy, and crohn's disease. Dr. Shah takes Blue Cross/Blue Shield, TRICARE, Preferred Network Access (PNA), and more. She attended the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign College of Medicine for medical school and subsequently trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign for residency. She is professionally affiliated with Adventist Medical Center Hinsdale and St. Alexius Medical Center.

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Relevant Interests: , laparoscopic surgery

All Interests: Anoscopy, Breast Biopsy, Bronchoscopy, Burns, Intestinal Problems, Hemorrhoid Surgery, Crohn's ... (Read more)

Dr. Prasad V Gourineni, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery
1501 S California Avenue
Chicago, IL

Dr. Prasad Gourineni practices pediatric orthopedics/orthopedic surgery in Chicago, IL, Lombard, IL, and Oak Lawn, IL. Dr. Gourineni has a special interest in spine problems and hip problems. He is an in-network provider for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE, in addition to other insurance carriers. He obtained his medical school training at Andhra Medical College and performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with Northwestern University. Dr. Gourineni (or staff) speaks Telugu and Hindi. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago and Adventist Medical Center Hinsdale. He has an open panel.

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Relevant Interests: , arthroscopic surgery

All Interests: Sports Health, Hip Problems, Elbow Problems, Fractures, Knee Problems, Arthroscopic Surgery, Ankle ... (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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