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

Dr. Ami Shah is a medical specialist in pediatric surgery and general surgery. Areas of expertise for Dr. Shah include thyroid problems, anoscopy, and crohn's disease. Dr. Shah is in-network for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, TRICARE, Preferred Network Access (PNA), and more. She is a graduate of the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Chicago and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign College of Medicine. Dr. Shah completed her residency training at a hospital affiliated with the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Her hospital/clinic affiliations include Alexian Brothers Health System (ABHS), Adventist Hinsdale Hospital, and OSF Saint Francis 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)

John F Grady
Specializes in Foot & Ankle Surgery, General Podiatry
820 South Damen Avenue
Chicago, IL
 

Dr. John Grady practices foot & ankle surgery and general podiatry. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Little Company of Mary Health Providers Network and Jesse Brown VA Medical Center. He is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE. Dr. Grady has an open panel.

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Relevant Interests: , foot arthroscopy, ankle arthroscopy

All Interests: Ankle Problems, Ankle Arthroscopy, Foot Arthroscopy, Foot Problems, Nerve Decompression Surgery, ... (Read more)

Yelena Boumendjel
Specializes in Foot & Ankle Surgery, General Podiatry
820 South Damen Avenue
Chicago, IL
 

Dr. Yelena Boumendjel works as a foot and ankle surgeon and general podiatrist in Chicago, IL and Oak Lawn, IL. She speaks Russian. Dr. Boumendjel's professional affiliations include Little Company of Mary Health Providers Network and Jesse Brown VA Medical Center. She completed her residency training at Jesse Brown VA Medical Center. She accepts Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Boumendjel has an open panel.

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Relevant Interests: , arthroscopic surgery

All Interests: Fractures, Arthroscopic Surgery, Ankle Problems, Sports Injuries, Foot Problems, Correctional Health

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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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