We found 115 providers matching minimally invasive surgery and who accept Aetna near Flushing, NY.

Dr. Samuel Jones Lang, MD
Specializes in Cardiac Surgery, Vascular Surgery, Thoracic Surgery
Cardiothoracic Surgery - Queens; 56-45 Main Street, Suite Wa100
Flushing, NY
 

Dr. Samuel Lang is a medical specialist in cardiac surgery, vascular surgery, and thoracic surgery. Clinical interests for Dr. Lang include aortic aneurysm, heart valve surgery, and beating heart (off-pump) coronary bypass surgery. He honors Coresource, Amerigroup, and United Healthcare Compass, as well as other insurance carriers. He is a graduate of the University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Medicine and the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), David Geffen School of Medicine. He trained at New York-Presbyterian Hospital, a hospital affiliated with Weill Cornell Medical College, and a hospital affiliated with the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) for residency. He has received the distinction of New York Super Doctors. Dr. Lang (or staff) is conversant in Mandarin, Korean, and Spanish. He is professionally affiliated with NewYork-Presbyterian Queens and Weill Cornell Medicine.

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Relevant Interests: , minimally invasive surgery, minimally invasive cardiac surgery

All Interests: Heart Bypass Surgery, Heart Valve Repair, Beating Heart Coronary Bypass Surgery, Heart Valve ... (Read more)

Procedure Information for CABG and/or Valve Surgery
  • Patient survival rate: ?
    This survival rate is 'risk-adjusted' to account for the fact that some physicians treat sicker patients than average. The resulting percentage is the survival rate for the average patient who has this procedure.
    99.1%
    (Similar to state average)
  • Case Severity: 0.6 times the average?
    Physicians with high case severity treat sicker patients than average, and their patients are more at-risk. In contrast, physicians with low case severity treat healthier patients than average, and their patients are less at-risk.
  • Based on 399 patients (2009-2011)
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Paul Lee, MD
Specializes in Thoracic Surgery
136-17 39th Avenue
Flushing, NY
 

Dr. Paul Lee is a specialist in thoracic surgery. Patients gave Dr. Lee an average rating of 4.5 stars out of 5. His professional affiliations include North Shore University Hospital, Syosset Hospital, and NewYork-Presbyterian Queens. He takes Amerigroup, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and HealthSmart, as well as other insurance carriers. He is open to new patients. Before completing his residency at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC), Dr. Lee attended medical school at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. Dr. Lee has received professional recognition including the following: New York Super Doctors. Dr. Lee (or staff) speaks the following languages: Mandarin, Sign Language, and Spanish.

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2013 Procedure Details

Source: Medicare Provider Utilization and Payment Data

  • Volume: 50
  • Charge (avg.): $2,900 - $13,600
  • Negotiated Rate (avg.): $247 - $1,615
Dr. Vinay Manohar Tak, MD
Specializes in General Surgery, Cardiothoracic Surgery
45th Ave@ Parson Boulevard
Flushing, NY
 

Dr. Vinay Tak is a general surgeon and cardiothoracic surgeon. His areas of expertise include the following: thoracic outlet syndrome, lung cancer, and achalasia. He accepts Amerigroup, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and HealthSmart, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Tak is a graduate of Nil Ratan Sarkar Medical College. Dr. Tak's residency was performed at New York Hospital Queens and a hospital affiliated with St. Louis University (SLU). Dr. Tak (or staff) speaks the following foreign languages: Spanish, Bengali, and Hindi. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Wyckoff Heights Medical Center and Flushing Hospital Medical Center. Dr. Tak is not currently accepting new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , laparoscopic surgery, endovascular surgery

All Interests: Thoracic Outlet Syndrome, Achalasia, Pectus Excavatum, Heart Bypass Surgery, Heart Valve Disease, ... (Read more)

Procedure Information for CABG and/or Valve Surgery
  • Patient survival rate: ?
    This survival rate is 'risk-adjusted' to account for the fact that some physicians treat sicker patients than average. The resulting percentage is the survival rate for the average patient who has this procedure.
    97.2%
    (Similar to state average)
  • Case Severity: 1.2 times the average?
    Physicians with high case severity treat sicker patients than average, and their patients are more at-risk. In contrast, physicians with low case severity treat healthier patients than average, and their patients are less at-risk.
  • Based on 180 patients (2009-2011)
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Dr. Charles Anthony Mack, MD
Specializes in Cardiac Surgery
Cardiothoracic Surgery - Queens; 56-45 Main Street, Suite Wa100
Flushing, NY
 

Dr. Charles Mack is a cardiac surgeon. His areas of expertise include the following: bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery, heart bypass surgery (CABG), and heart valve surgery. Dr. Mack is professionally affiliated with NewYork-Presbyterian Queens, New York Methodist (NYM) Hospital, and Weill Cornell Medicine. He takes Coresource, Amerigroup, United Healthcare Compass, and more. After attending Tufts University School of Medicine, he completed his residency training at New York-Presbyterian Hospital and a hospital affiliated with Weill Cornell Medical College. Dr. Mack has received professional recognition including the following: Distinguished Housestaff Award, Department of Cardiothoracic Surgery; Merle Wood Scholar of the Andrew G. Morrow Society of Cardiovascular; and Surgeons Research Award. Dr. Mack (or staff) speaks the following languages: Mandarin, Spanish, and German.

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Relevant Interests: , minimally invasive surgery, minimally invasive cardiac surgery, robotic surgery

All Interests: Bloodless Medicine/Transfusion-Free Surgery, Heart Bypass Surgery, Atrial Fibrillation, Heart Valve ... (Read more)

Dr. Nitsana Alpha Spigland, MD
Specializes in Surgical Oncology, Pediatric Thoracic Surgery
26-19 Francis Lewis Boulevard
Bayside, NY
 

Dr. Nitsana Spigland sees patients in New York, NY and Bayside, NY. Her medical specialties are surgical oncology (cancer surgery) and pediatric thoracic surgery. Dr. Spigland graduated from New York Medical College. Her residency was performed at Lenox Hill Hospital. These areas are among her clinical interests: cancer surgery, inflammatory bowel disease, and neonatal surgery. The average patient rating for Dr. Spigland is 3.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Spigland honors several insurance carriers, including Coresource, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Healthfirst. She has received distinctions including New York Magazine "Best Doctors in NYC"; Castle Connolly "America's Top Doctors"; and New York SuperDoctor, an honor awarded just 5% of New York physicians. Dr. Spigland (or staff) speaks the following languages: Hebrew, Korean, and Spanish. Dr. Spigland is professionally affiliated with NewYork-Presbyterian Queens, New York Methodist (NYM) Hospital, and Weill Cornell Medicine.

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Relevant Interests: , minimally invasive surgery, laparoscopic surgery

All Interests: Cancer Surgery, Neonatal Surgery, Hirschsprung Disease, Laparoscopic Surgery, Esophagus Problems, ... (Read more)

Specializes in Thoracic Surgery
135-16 Roosevelt Avenue; 2nd Floor
Flushing, NY
 

Dr. Dong-Seok Lee's specialty is thoracic surgery. Dr. Lee (or staff) speaks Korean and Spanish. His clinical interests include video-assisted thoracoscopic surgery (VATS), achalasia, and diagnostic bronchoscopy. He is affiliated with Bronx VA Medical Center. He studied medicine at UMDNJ-Robert Wood Johnson Medical School. He accepts Amerigroup, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and POMCO, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Lee's practice is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , video-assisted thoracoscopic surgery (VATS), laparoscopic hernia repair, laparoscopic fundoplication

All Interests: Achalasia, Sarcoma, Upper Endoscopy, Laparoscopic Fundoplication, Diagnostic Bronchoscopy, Lung ... (Read more)

Dr. Pilyung Stephen Oh, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Surgery
56-45 Main Street
Flushing, NY
 

Dr. P. Oh's area of specialization is pediatric surgery. His clinical interests include cancer surgery, abnormal prenatal diagnosis, and thyroid surgery. He accepts several insurance carriers, including Coresource, POMCO, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield. Dr. Oh obtained his medical school training at New York Medical College and performed his residency at New York-Presbyterian Hospital, Columbia University Medical Center, and Saint Vincent Catholic Medical Centers. Dr. Oh (or staff) speaks the following foreign languages: Korean and Spanish. He is affiliated with NewYork-Presbyterian Queens.

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Relevant Interests: , minimally invasive surgery, laparoscopic surgery

All Interests: Cancer Surgery, Thyroid Surgery, Gastrointestinal Endoscopy, Neonatal Surgery, Endocrine Surgery, ... (Read more)

Specializes in Thoracic Surgery
Request An Appointment; 82-68 164th Street
Jamaica, NY
 

Dr. Andrea Wolf is a physician who specializes in thoracic surgery. In addition to English, Dr. Wolf speaks Hebrew. Her areas of clinical interest consist of esophageal cancer, video-assisted thoracoscopic surgery (VATS), and lung cancer. She is affiliated with Mount Sinai Medical Center (Florida). She is a graduate of Harvard Medical School. Her medical residency was performed at Brigham and Women's Hospital, Massachusetts General Hospital, and a hospital affiliated with Harvard Medical School. Dr. Wolf takes Amerigroup, POMCO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and more. She has received the following distinction: New York Rising Stars. New patients are welcome to contact Dr. Wolf's office for an appointment.

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Relevant Interests: , video-assisted thoracoscopic surgery (VATS)

All Interests: Video-Assisted Thoracoscopic Surgery, Lung Problems, Thoracic Surgery Procedures, Esophageal ... (Read more)

Specializes in Thoracic Surgery
Request An Appointment; 140-04 58th Road
Flushing, NY
 

Dr. Fouad Lajam is a thoracic surgeon in Flushing, NY and New York, NY. Areas of expertise for Dr. Lajam include esophageal cancer, thoracic outlet syndrome, and collapsed lung (pneumothorax). Dr. Lajam is affiliated with NewYork-Presbyterian Queens, NYC Health + Hospitals/Elmhurst, and The Mount Sinai Hospital, New York. He is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Amerigroup, POMCO, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield. He has an open panel. After completing medical school at Autonomous University of Santo Domingo Faculty of Medicine, he performed his residency at Elmhurst Hospital Center. Dr. Lajam (or staff) speaks the following foreign languages: Arabic, Spanish, and French.

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Clinical Interests: Heart Problems, Myasthenia Gravis, Diagnostic Bronchoscopy, Thoracotomy, Hyperhidrosis, Esophageal ... (Read more)

2013 Procedure Details

Source: Medicare Provider Utilization and Payment Data

  • Volume: 16
  • Charge (avg.): $6,740
  • Negotiated Rate (avg.): $605
Dr. George Alexander Fielding, MD
Specializes in General Surgery, Bariatric Surgery
97-85 Queens Boulevard
Rego Park, NY
 

Dr. George Fielding's medical specialty is general surgery and bariatric surgery. Dr. Fielding (or staff) is conversant in Mandarin, Spanish, and Yiddish. Clinical interests for Dr. Fielding include obesity, fundoplication, and hernia surgery. He is affiliated with Preston Robert Tisch Center for Men's Health. He studied medicine at the University of Queensland School of Medicine. Patient reviews placed Dr. Fielding at an average of 3.5 stars out of 5. He is in-network for Coresource, Aetna EPO, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield, in addition to other insurance carriers.

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Relevant Interests: , minimally invasive surgery, laparoscopic gallbladder removal

All Interests: Bypass Surgery, Gastroparesis, Fundoplication, Obesity, Gallbladder Removal Surgery, Hernia, Hernia ... (Read more)

Dr. Dimitrios Vasileios Avgerinos, PhD, MD
Specializes in Cardiac Surgery, Other, Thoracic Surgery
56-45 Main Street; Room 3s-387
Flushing, NY
 

Dr. Dimitrios Avgerinos practices cardiac surgery and thoracic surgery. Patients rated Dr. Avgerinos highly, giving him an average of 5.0 stars out of 5. His areas of expertise include the following: transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR), heart bypass surgery (CABG), and minimally invasive cardiac surgery. He is professionally affiliated with NewYork-Presbyterian Queens. Dr. Avgerinos is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Coresource, Child Health Plus, and POMCO. He is a graduate of Tufts University School of Medicine and the University of Athens Faculty of Medicine and a graduate of Beth Israel Medical Center's residency program. Dr. Avgerinos (or staff) speaks Urdu, Greek, and Ukrainian.

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Relevant Interests: , minimally invasive cardiac surgery

All Interests: Heart Bypass Surgery, Atrial Fibrillation, Mitral Valve Repair, Mitral Valve Replacement, Mitral ... (Read more)

Specializes in Cardiac Surgery
56-45 Main Street; Suite Wa100
Flushing, NY
 

Dr. Andrew Nguyen is a medical specialist in cardiac surgery. His clinical interests include minimally invasive esophageal surgery, achalasia, and lung cancer surgery. Dr. Nguyen is professionally affiliated with NewYork-Presbyterian Queens. He is in-network for Coresource, POMCO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and more. He attended Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science, Chicago Medical School and subsequently trained at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC) for residency. In addition to English, he speaks Vietnamese.

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Relevant Interests: , minimally invasive esophageal surgery, robotic surgery, VATS lung surgery

All Interests: Achalasia, Lung Cancer Surgery, Minimally Invasive Esophageal Surgery, Hiatal Hernia, Nissen ... (Read more)

Dr. Christopher Lau, MD
Specializes in Thoracic Surgery
56-45 Main Street; Suite 3s - Room 387
Flushing, NY
 

Dr. Christopher Lau, who practices in New York, NY and Flushing, NY, is a medical specialist in thoracic surgery. He attended SUNY Downstate Medical Center College of Medicine for medical school and subsequently trained at a hospital affiliated with SUNY Downstate Medical Center for residency. These areas are among his clinical interests: heart valve disease, heart bypass surgery (CABG), and bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery. Coresource, POMCO, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Lau takes. He is affiliated with NewYork-Presbyterian Queens.

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Relevant Interests: , endovascular stent grafting, minimally invasive cardiac surgery

All Interests: Bloodless Medicine/Transfusion-Free Surgery, Heart Bypass Surgery, Thoracoabdominal Aneurysm, ... (Read more)

Geoffrey H. Westrich, MD
Specializes in Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery
176-60 Union Turnpike
Fresh Meadows, NY
 

Dr. Geoffrey Westrich's specialty is orthopedics/orthopedic surgery. Clinical interests for Dr. Westrich include knee problems, revision surgery, and arthritis. Patient ratings for Dr. Westrich average 4.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Westrich honors several insurance carriers, including AARP, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Empire BlueCross BlueShield. After attending Tufts University School of Medicine, he completed his residency training at Hospital for Special Surgery. Distinctions awarded to Dr. Westrich include: Rated one of New York Magazine's Best Doctors; New York Super Doctors; and The Nicolas Andry Award. Dr. Westrich (or staff) is conversant in Mandarin, Spanish, and German. He is affiliated with Hospital for Special Surgery. Dr. Westrich welcomes new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , arthroscopic surgery, minimally invasive hip replacement, minimally invasive knee replacement, knee arthroscopy

All Interests: Sports Health, Hip Problems, Knee Pain, Revision Surgery, Minimally Invasive Knee Replacement, ... (Read more)

Dr. Adam David Schaffner, MD
Specializes in Facial Plastic Surgery, Otolaryngology, Head & Neck Plastic Surgery
11 Grace Avenue
Suite 100, NY
 

Dr. Adam Schaffner is a facial plastic surgeon, ear, nose and throat specialist, and head and neck plastic surgeon in New York, NY, Suite 100, NY, and Suite 900, NY. His average rating from his patients is 5.0 stars out of 5. Areas of expertise for Dr. Schaffner include eyelid surgery, breast reconstruction revision, and dermabrasion. He takes Cigna, Aetna, and Medicare, in addition to other insurance carriers. Before performing his residency at Detroit Medical Center/Wayne State University and a hospital affiliated with Stony Brook University Medical Center, Dr. Schaffner attended Rush Medical College for medical school. Dr. Schaffner has received professional recognition including the following: New York Super Doctors. In addition to English, Dr. Schaffner (or staff) speaks Spanish, Armenian, and Polish. He is affiliated with Lenox Hill Hospital and New York Eye and Ear Infirmary of Mount Sinai (NYEE). New patients are welcome to contact his office for an appointment.

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Relevant Interests: , endoscopic surgery

All Interests: Breast Reconstruction Revision, Dermabrasion, Vaginal Rejuvenation, Breast Augmentation, Ptosis ... (Read more)

Steven Rokito, MD
Specializes in Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery
611 Northern Boulevard
Great Neck, NY
 

Dr. Steven Rokito works as an orthopedic surgeon in Great Neck, NY and East Meadow, NY. His average rating from his patients is 4.5 stars out of 5. In his practice, he is particularly interested in knee problems, arthroscopic surgery, and sports health. Dr. Rokito's hospital/clinic affiliations include Long Island Jewish (LIJ) Medical Center and North Shore University Hospital at Manhasset. He takes Amerigroup, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Empire BlueCross BlueShield, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Rokito welcomes new patients. He graduated from Boston University School of Medicine and then he performed his residency at NYU Hospital for Joint Diseases. In addition to English, Dr. Rokito speaks Spanish.

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Relevant Interests: , arthroscopic surgery

All Interests: Sports Health, Elbow Problems, Shoulder Problems, Knee Problems, Arthroscopic Surgery

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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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