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Dr. Elizabeth Ann Piontek, MD
Specializes in Urology
19001 E 48th Street S
Independence, MO

Dr. Elizabeth Piontek's area of specialization is urology (urinary tract disease). She has a special interest in robotic surgery and urinary incontinence. She takes Coventry, TRICARE, and United Healthcare Plans, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Piontek graduated from the University of Missouri-Columbia School of Medicine and the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Medicine and then she performed her residency at the University of Nebraska Medical Center. Her hospital/clinic affiliations include Saint Luke's East Hospital, Lee's Summit Medical Center, and Carondelet Health.

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Relevant Interests: , robotic surgery

All Interests: Prostate Problems, Urinary Incontinence, Cancer, Kidney Problems, Robotic Surgery

Dr. Aruna Rokkam, MD
Specializes in Oncology, Internal Medicine, Hematology
3889 S. Jackson Drive
Independence, MO

Dr. Aruna Rokkam is an oncology (cancer care) and hematology (blood disorders) specialist. She has a 4.5 out of 5 star average patient rating. Her areas of expertise include cancer surgery, colon cancer, and thyroid cancer. Dr. Rokkam accepts Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE, in addition to other insurance carriers. After completing medical school at NTR University of Health Sciences and Siddhartha Medical College, she performed her residency at Sinai Hospital of Baltimore and a hospital affiliated with Johns Hopkins University. Her hospital/clinic affiliations include Belton Regional Medical Center, HCA Midwest Physicians, and Lee's Summit Medical Center.

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Relevant Interests: , vertebroplasty, kyphoplasty (vertebral augmentation)

All Interests: Breast Pain, Intrathecal Chemotherapy, Kyphoplasty, Bone Marrow Aspiration, Laminotomy, ... (Read more)

Dr. James Sanford McIntosh, MD
Specializes in Urology
19001 E 48th Street S
Independence, MO

Dr. James McIntosh is a physician who specializes in urology (urinary tract disease). Areas of expertise for Dr. McIntosh include robotic pyeloplasty. Dr. McIntosh is an in-network provider for Coventry, TRICARE, United Healthcare Plans, and more. After attending the University of Missouri-Columbia School of Medicine, Dr. McIntosh completed Dr. McIntosh's residency training at the University of Kansas Medical Center. Dr. McIntosh is affiliated with Saint Luke's East Hospital, Lee's Summit Medical Center, and Carondelet Health.

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Relevant Interests: , robotic radical nephrectomy, robotic pyeloplasty, laparoscopic surgery, robotic surgery

All Interests: Partial Nephrectomy, Robotic Radical Nephrectomy, Robotic Pyeloplasty, Laparoscopic 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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