We found 17 providers matching minimally invasive surgery and who accept Aetna HealthFund PPO near Modesto, CA.

Dr. Lit Keung Fung, MD
Specializes in Vascular Surgery, Thoracic Surgery
1501 Oakdale Road; Suite 218
Modesto, CA
 

Dr. Lit Fung's specialties are vascular surgery and thoracic surgery. He is conversant in Cantonese. Clinical interests for Dr. Fung include thoracic (chest) surgery procedures. He is affiliated with Sutter Medical Network, Memorial Medical Center, Modesto, and Sutter Gould Medical Foundation (SGMF). Dr. Fung obtained his medical school training at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), David Geffen School of Medicine and performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Michigan. He is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Medi-Cal. He has an open panel.

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Relevant Interests: , VATS lung surgery, endovascular surgery

All Interests: Heart Bypass Surgery, Atrial Fibrillation, Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm, Thoracic Cancer, Esophagus ... (Read more)

Dr. Todd Christopher Smith, MBA, MD
Specializes in Hand Surgery, Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery
1409 E Briggsmore Avenue
Modesto, CA
 

Dr. Todd Smith specializes in hand surgery and orthopedics/orthopedic surgery. These areas are among Dr. Smith's clinical interests: hand problems, disabilities, and hand surgery procedures. Patient ratings for Dr. Smith average 2.5 stars out of 5. He is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Medi-Cal. He is a graduate of Georgetown University School of Medicine. His medical residency was performed at Vanderbilt University Medical Center. Dr. Smith is professionally affiliated with Sutter Medical Network, Sutter Tracy Community Hospital, and Memorial Medical Center, Modesto. He is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , arthroscopic surgery, wrist arthroscopy

All Interests: Finger Joint Replacement, Sports Health, Hand Fracture, Dupuytren's Contracture, Wrist Replacement, ... (Read more)

Dr. Amar L Pohwani, MD
Specializes in Adult Cardiology, Nuclear Medicine
1409 E Briggsmore Avenue
Modesto, CA
 

Dr. Amar Pohwani works as a cardiologist and nuclear medicine specialist. After completing medical school at Aga Khan University Medical College, he performed his residency at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC). Clinical interests for Dr. Pohwani include heart problems. Dr. Pohwani honors several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Medi-Cal. Dr. Pohwani (or staff) is conversant in Urdu, Sindhi, and Hindi. Dr. Pohwani's hospital/clinic affiliations include Sutter Medical Network and Sutter Gould Medical Foundation (SGMF). New patients are welcome to contact his office for an appointment.

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Relevant Interests: , cardiac resynchronization therapy (CRT)

All Interests: Atrial Fibrillation, Cardiomyopathy, Nuclear Stress Test, Invasive Cardiology, Hypertension, ... (Read more)

Dr. Peter Y.T. Lai, MD
Specializes in Adult Cardiology, Interventional Cardiology
1409 E Briggsmore Avenue
Modesto, CA
 

Dr. Peter Lai is a cardiologist and interventional cardiologist. Before completing his residency at Mayo Clinic, Dr. Lai attended medical school at National University of Singapore, Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine. He has a special interest in heart problems and cardiac catheterization. Dr. Lai takes Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Medi-Cal, and more. In addition to English, Dr. Lai speaks Mandarin and Cantonese. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Sutter Medical Network and Sutter Gould Medical Foundation (SGMF). He welcomes new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , cardiac resynchronization therapy (CRT)

All Interests: Stress Echo, Heart Problems, Stress Testing, Stroke, Atherectomy, Coronary Angiogram, Cardiac ... (Read more)

Dr. William W Whang, MD
Specializes in Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery
600 Coffee Road
Modesto, CA
 

Dr. William Whang is an orthopedist. After completing medical school at Wake Forest University School of Medicine, he performed his residency at Boston Medical Center. He is especially interested in orthopedic surgery. Patient ratings for Dr. Whang average 4.5 stars out of 5. He is an in-network provider for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Medi-Cal, and more. Dr. Whang is affiliated with Sutter Medical Network, Memorial Medical Center, Modesto, and Sutter Gould Medical Foundation (SGMF). He has an open panel.

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Relevant Interests: , arthroscopic surgery

All Interests: Sports Health, Wrist Problems, Elbow Problems, Shoulder Problems, Partial Knee Replacement, ... (Read more)

Dr. Robert J Altman, MD
Specializes in General Obstetrics & Gynecology
1409 E Briggsmore Avenue
Modesto, CA
 

Dr. Robert Altman is a specialist in general obstetrics & gynecology. In addition to English, he speaks Spanish. Clinical interests for Dr. Altman include infertility and women's health issues. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Sutter Medical Network, Memorial Medical Center, Modesto, and Sutter Gould Medical Foundation (SGMF). He attended the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine and subsequently trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) for residency. He is rated 4.5 stars out of 5 by his patients. Dr. Altman honors Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Medi-Cal, as well as other insurance carriers. His practice is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , vaginal hysterectomy, total laparoscopic hysterectomy (TLH), robotic surgery, laparoscopic myomectomy

All Interests: Colposcopy, Adolescent Gynecology, Intrauterine Device Insertion, Laparoscopic Myomectomy, ... (Read more)

Dr. Jon E Pont, MD
Specializes in General Obstetrics & Gynecology
1409 E Briggsmore Avenue
Modesto, CA
 

Dr. Jon Pont works as a general OB/GYN in Modesto, CA. He has a 5.0 out of 5 star average patient rating. His clinical interests encompass infertility and women's health issues. Dr. Pont is affiliated with Sutter Medical Network, Memorial Medical Center, Modesto, and Sutter Gould Medical Foundation (SGMF). Dr. Pont accepts Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Medi-Cal, in addition to other insurance carriers. He welcomes new patients. He obtained his medical school training at the University of Miami, Miller School of Medicine and performed his residency at Jackson Memorial Medical Center. He is conversant in Spanish.

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Relevant Interests: , vaginal hysterectomy, total laparoscopic hysterectomy (TLH), robotic surgery, laparoscopic myomectomy

All Interests: Colposcopy, Adolescent Gynecology, Intrauterine Device Insertion, Laparoscopic Myomectomy, ... (Read more)

Dr. Charles C Tsai, MD
Specializes in Adult Cardiology
1409 E Briggsmore Avenue
Modesto, CA
 

Dr. Charles Tsai is a cardiologist in Modesto, CA. His clinical interests encompass heart problems. Dr. Tsai is an in-network provider for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Medi-Cal, and more. He attended the University of Michigan Medical School and subsequently trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of Michigan for residency. Dr. Tsai is professionally affiliated with Sutter Medical Network and Sutter Gould Medical Foundation (SGMF). New patients are welcome to contact his office for an appointment.

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Relevant Interests: , cardiac resynchronization therapy (CRT)

All Interests: Atrial Fibrillation, Cardiomyopathy, Hypertension, Non-Invasive Cardiology, Heart Problems, Cardiac ... (Read more)

2013 Procedure Details

Source: Medicare Provider Utilization and Payment Data

  • Volume: 13
  • Charge (avg.): $1,903
  • Negotiated Rate (avg.): $517
Dr. Charles R Suntra, MD
Specializes in Otolaryngology
600 Coffee Road
Modesto, CA
 

Dr. Charles Suntra is a physician who specializes in otolaryngology (ear, nose, and throat). He is rated highly by his patients. Areas of particular interest for Dr. Suntra include reconstructive surgery. He is an in-network provider for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Medi-Cal, in addition to other insurance carriers. He attended St. Louis University School of Medicine and subsequently trained at Boston Medical Center for residency. Dr. Suntra is professionally affiliated with Sutter Medical Network, Memorial Medical Center, Modesto, and Sutter Gould Medical Foundation (SGMF). He is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , endoscopic sinus surgery

All Interests: Turbinate Reduction Surgery, Surfer's Ear, Otoplasty, Sinus Surgery, Fractures, Facial Problems, ... (Read more)

Dr. Jenniefer Yumee Kho, MD
Specializes in Hand Surgery, Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery
1409 E Briggsmore Avenue
Modesto, CA
 

Dr. Jenniefer Kho is a Modesto, CA physician who specializes in hand surgery and orthopedics/orthopedic surgery. Areas of expertise for Dr. Kho include orthopedic surgery. Dr. Kho is in-network for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Medi-Cal, as well as other insurance carriers. After completing medical school at the University of California, San Diego (UCSD), School of Medicine, she performed her residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Iowa. Her professional affiliations include Sutter Medical Network and Sutter Gould Medical Foundation (SGMF). Dr. Kho has an open panel.

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Relevant Interests: , wrist arthroscopy

All Interests: Radial Head Replacement, Finger Joint Replacement, Hand Fracture, Dupuytren's Contracture, Elbow ... (Read more)

Dr. Donn A Fassero, MD
Specializes in Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery
1409 E. Briggsmore Avenue
Modesto, CA
 

Dr. Donn Fassero is an orthopedics/orthopedic surgery specialist. These areas are among his clinical interests: knee problems, arthroscopic surgery, and replacement arthroplasty (joint replacement). Patient ratings for Dr. Fassero average 3.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Fassero is an in-network provider for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Medi-Cal, in addition to other insurance carriers. He obtained his medical school training at Georgetown University School of Medicine and performed his residency at Mayo Clinic. Dr. Fassero's professional affiliations include Sutter Medical Network, Memorial Medical Center, Modesto, and Sutter Gould Medical Foundation (SGMF). He has an open panel.

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

All Interests: Meniscus Repair, Knee Arthritis, Sports Health, Knee Pain, Reverse Total Shoulder Replacement, ... (Read more)

Dr. Tomasz D Gutowski, MD
Specializes in Vascular Surgery, Surgical Oncology
1409 E Briggsmore Avenue
Modesto, CA
 

Dr. Tomasz Gutowski's areas of specialization are vascular surgery and surgical oncology (cancer surgery). His average patient rating is 4.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Gutowski is especially interested in surgical procedures. He accepts several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Medi-Cal. Dr. Gutowski graduated from Wayne State University School of Medicine and then he performed his residency at Detroit Medical Center/Wayne State University. Dr. Gutowski (or staff) speaks Polish. In addition, he offers language support for patients who speak Spanish. His professional affiliations include Sutter Medical Network, Memorial Medical Center, Modesto, and Sutter Gould Medical Foundation (SGMF). Dr. Gutowski is accepting new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , laparoscopic splenectomy, laparoscopic gallbladder removal, laparoscopic adrenalectomy, robotic surgery, endovascular aortic aneurysm repair

All Interests: Achalasia, Sentinel Lymph Node Biopsy, Whipple Procedure, Lymphadenectomy, Sclerotherapy, Heller ... (Read more)

Specializes in Surgery
1409 E Briggsmore Avenue
Modesto, CA
 

Dr. Natalie Hubbard is a medical specialist in surgery. She attended the University of Miami, Miller School of Medicine and the University of Michigan Medical School and subsequently trained at Henry Ford Hospital for residency. She is especially interested in laparoscopic surgery. Dr. Hubbard honors several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Medi-Cal. She speaks Spanish. Dr. Hubbard's professional affiliations include Sutter Medical Network and Sutter Gould Medical Foundation (SGMF). She welcomes new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , laparoscopic surgery

All Interests: Surgical Procedures, Laparoscopic Surgery

Dr. Timothy A Davis, MD
Specializes in Vascular Surgery
1409 E Briggsmore Avenue
Modesto, CA
 

Dr. Timothy Davis is a physician who specializes in vascular surgery. The average patient rating for Dr. Davis is 3.5 stars out of 5. He is especially interested in surgical procedures. Dr. Davis is professionally affiliated with Sutter Medical Network, Memorial Medical Center, Modesto, and Sutter Gould Medical Foundation (SGMF). He accepts several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Medi-Cal. New patients are welcome to contact his office for an appointment. Dr. Davis obtained his medical school training at Thomas Jefferson University, Jefferson Medical College and performed his residency at Albert Einstein Medical Center, Philadelphia.

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Relevant Interests: , laparoscopic surgery, endovascular aortic aneurysm repair

All Interests: Achalasia, Sentinel Lymph Node Biopsy, Spider Veins, Surgical Procedures, Thoracic Surgery ... (Read more)

Dr. Refugio Gonzalez, MD
Specializes in Surgery
1409 E Briggsmore Avenue
Modesto, CA
 

Dr. Refugio Gonzalez, who practices in Modesto, CA and Berkeley, CA, is a medical specialist in surgery. Areas of particular interest for Dr. Gonzalez include surgical procedures. He is in-network for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Medi-Cal, in addition to other insurance carriers. After completing medical school at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), David Geffen School of Medicine, he performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF). In addition to English, he speaks Spanish. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Sutter Medical Network, Alta Bates Medical Group (ABMG), and Sutter East Bay Medical Foundation (SEBMF). Dr. Gonzalez is accepting new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , laparoscopic splenectomy, laparoscopic gallbladder removal, laparoscopic adrenalectomy, robotic surgery

All Interests: Achalasia, Sentinel Lymph Node Biopsy, Lymphadenectomy, Incisional Hernia, Surgical Procedures, ... (Read more)

2013 Procedure Details

Source: Medicare Provider Utilization and Payment Data

  • Volume: 11
  • Charge (avg.): $2,333
  • Negotiated Rate (avg.): $657
Dr. Raman Moradkhan, MD
Specializes in Adult Cardiology, Cardiac Electrophysiology
1409 E Briggsmore Avenue
Modesto, CA
 

Dr. Raman Moradkhan is a physician who specializes in adult cardiology and cardiac electrophysiology (heart rhythm). In his practice, Dr. Moradkhan focuses on internal medicine. He honors Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Medi-Cal, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Moradkhan (or staff) speaks the following foreign languages: Persian, Turkish, and Assyrian Neo-Aramaic. He is professionally affiliated with Sutter Medical Network and Sutter Gould Medical Foundation (SGMF). Dr. Moradkhan has an open panel.

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Clinical Interests: Heart Problems, Internal Medicine

2013 Procedure Details

Source: Medicare Provider Utilization and Payment Data

  • Volume: 11
  • Charge (avg.): $1,153
  • Negotiated Rate (avg.): $510

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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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