We found 7 providers matching minimally invasive surgery and who accept Aetna HealthFund PPO near Modesto, CA.

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

Dr. Charles Tsai is a physician who specializes in adult cardiology. Areas of expertise for Dr. Tsai include heart problems. Dr. Tsai's hospital/clinic affiliations include Sutter Medical Network and Sutter Gould Medical Foundation (SGMF). He is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Medi-Cal. His practice is open to new patients. Dr. Tsai obtained his medical school training at the University of Michigan Medical School and performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Michigan.

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Clinical Interests: Heart Problems

2013 Procedure Details

Source: Medicare Provider Utilization and Payment Data

  • Volume: 13
  • Charge (avg.): $1,903
  • Negotiated Rate (avg.): $517
Donn A Fassero MD
Specializes in Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery
Average rating 3.31 stars out of 5 (4 ratings)
1409 E Briggsmore Avenue
Modesto, CA

Dr. Donn Fassero's medical specialty is orthopedics/orthopedic surgery. Patient reviews placed him at an average of 3.5 stars out of 5. His areas of expertise include knee problems, arthroscopic surgery, and replacement arthroplasty (joint replacement). Dr. Fassero is professionally affiliated with Sutter Medical Network, Memorial Medical Center, Modesto, and Sutter Gould Medical Foundation (SGMF). He is an in-network provider for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Medi-Cal, as well as other insurance carriers. New patients are welcome to contact Dr. Fassero's office for an appointment. After attending Georgetown University School of Medicine, he completed his residency training at Mayo Clinic.

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Relevant Interests: , Arthroscopic Surgery

All Interests: Sports Health, Shoulder Problems, Fractures, Knee Problems, Arthroscopic Surgery, Arthritis, Orthope ... (Read more)

Specializes in Surgery
1409 E Briggsmore Avenue
Modesto, CA

Dr. Natalie Hubbard works as a surgeon. She speaks Spanish. In Dr. Hubbard's practice, she is particularly interested in laparoscopic surgery. Her professional affiliations include Sutter Medical Network and Sutter Gould Medical Foundation (SGMF). She is a graduate of the University of Michigan Medical School and the University of Miami, Miller School of Medicine and a graduate of Henry Ford Hospital's residency program. Dr. Hubbard is in-network for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Medi-Cal, and more. She has an open panel.

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Relevant Interests: , Laparoscopic Surgery

All Interests: Surgical Procedures, Laparoscopic Surgery

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

Dr. Refugio Gonzalez sees patients in Modesto, CA and Berkeley, CA. His medical specialty is surgery. Dr. Gonzalez speaks Spanish. Clinical interests for Dr. Gonzalez include surgical procedures. His professional affiliations include Sutter Medical Network, Sutter East Bay Medical Foundation (SEBMF), and Alta Bates Summit Medical Center - Alta Bates Campus. He attended the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), David Geffen School of Medicine and then went on to complete his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF). Dr. Gonzalez is in-network for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Medi-Cal, in addition to other insurance carriers. He is accepting new patients.

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Clinical Interests: Surgical Procedures

2013 Procedure Details

Source: Medicare Provider Utilization and Payment Data

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

Dr. Raman Moradkhan works as an adult cardiologist and cardiac electrophysiologist. In his practice, Dr. Moradkhan focuses on internal medicine. He accepts Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Medi-Cal, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Moradkhan (or staff) speaks Persian, Turkish, and Assyrian Neo-Aramaic. Dr. Moradkhan is affiliated with Sutter Medical Network and Sutter Gould Medical Foundation (SGMF). He is open to new patients.

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Clinical Interests: Internal Medicine

2013 Procedure Details

Source: Medicare Provider Utilization and Payment Data

  • Volume: 11
  • Charge (avg.): $1,153
  • Negotiated Rate (avg.): $510
Rafael Vargas MD
Specializes in Diagnostic Radiology
600 Coffee Road
Modesto, CA

Dr. Rafael Vargas is a medical specialist in diagnostic radiology. In his practice, Dr. Vargas focuses on imaging procedures. He is an in-network provider for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Medi-Cal, and more. Dr. Vargas's education and training includes medical school at Stanford University School of Medicine and residency at a hospital affiliated with Southern Illinois University. He speaks Spanish. His professional affiliations include Sutter Medical Network and Sutter Gould Medical Foundation (SGMF).

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Clinical Interests: Imaging Procedures

2013 Procedure Details

Source: Medicare Provider Utilization and Payment Data

  • Volume: 18
  • Charge (avg.): $2,082
  • Negotiated Rate (avg.): $581
Frances Melinda Knox MD
Specializes in Diagnostic Radiology
600 Coffee Road
Modesto, CA

Dr. Frances Knox is a medical specialist in diagnostic radiology. She is affiliated with Sutter Medical Network and Sutter Gould Medical Foundation (SGMF). Dr. Knox graduated from SUNY, University at Buffalo School of Medicine & Biomedical Sciences. For her residency, Dr. Knox trained at the University of Vermont/Fletcher Allen Health Care. Dr. Knox is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Medi-Cal.

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2013 Procedure Details

Source: Medicare Provider Utilization and Payment Data

  • Volume: 11
  • Charge (avg.): $2,082
  • Negotiated Rate (avg.): $597
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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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