We found 18 providers matching minimally invasive surgery and who accept TRICARE Standard 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 medical specialty is vascular surgery and thoracic surgery. He speaks Cantonese. Dr. Fung's areas of expertise include thoracic (chest) surgery procedures. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Sutter Medical Network, Memorial Medical Center, Modesto, and Sutter Gould Medical Foundation (SGMF). After attending the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), David Geffen School of Medicine, he completed his residency training at a hospital affiliated with the University of Michigan. Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Medi-Cal are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Fung takes. 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. Amar L Pohwani, MD
Specializes in Adult Cardiology, Nuclear Medicine
1409 E Briggsmore Avenue
Modesto, CA
 

Dr. Amar Pohwani is a specialist in adult cardiology, vascular & interventional radiology, and nuclear medicine. Areas of particular interest for Dr. Pohwani include heart problems. He accepts several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Medi-Cal. Dr. Pohwani graduated from Aga Khan University Medical College. He completed his residency training at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC). Dr. Pohwani (or staff) is conversant in Urdu, Sindhi, and Hindi. Dr. Pohwani is affiliated with Sutter Medical Network and Sutter Gould Medical Foundation (SGMF). He has an open panel.

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Relevant Interests: , cardiac resynchronization therapy (CRT)

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

Dr. Bal Mukand Rajagopalan, MD
Specializes in Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery
 

Dr. Bal Rajagopalan is an orthopedics/orthopedic surgery specialist in Beverly Hills, CA. He is rated highly by his patients. Clinical interests for Dr. Rajagopalan include knee problems, foot problems, and arthroscopic surgery. Dr. Rajagopalan is in-network for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Empire BlueCross BlueShield, as well as other insurance carriers. His practice is open to new patients. He graduated from Memorial University of Newfoundland Faculty of Medicine and then he performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with Memorial University of Newfoundland. Dr. Rajagopalan's distinctions include: Southern California Super Doctors; Top Doctors and Dentists for Women; and WebMD editorial board. He speaks French.

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Relevant Interests: , arthroscopic surgery

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

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

Dr. Jon Pont, who practices in Modesto, CA, is a medical specialist in general obstetrics & gynecology. He is especially interested in infertility and women's health issues. Patients rated Dr. Pont highly, giving him an average of 5.0 stars out of 5. He accepts several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Medi-Cal. He graduated from the University of Miami, Miller School of Medicine. Dr. Pont's training includes a residency program at Jackson Memorial Medical Center. In addition to English, he speaks Spanish. His professional affiliations include Sutter Medical Network, Memorial Medical Center, Modesto, and Sutter Gould Medical Foundation (SGMF). Dr. Pont 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. Todd Christopher Smith, MBA, MD
Specializes in Hand Surgery, Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery
1409 E Briggsmore Avenue
Modesto, CA
 

Dr. Todd Smith is a hand surgery and orthopedics/orthopedic surgery specialist. Areas of expertise for Dr. Smith include hand problems, disabilities, and hand surgery procedures. His professional affiliations include Sutter Medical Network, Sutter Tracy Community Hospital, and Memorial Medical Center, Modesto. Dr. Smith graduated from Georgetown University School of Medicine and then he performed his residency at Vanderbilt University Medical Center. Patient reviews placed him at an average of 2.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Smith is an in-network provider for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Medi-Cal, and more. New patients are welcome to contact his office for an appointment.

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

Dr. Peter Lai's medical specialty is adult cardiology, interventional cardiology, and vascular & interventional radiology. He is a graduate of National University of Singapore, Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine and a graduate of Mayo Clinic's residency program. Areas of expertise for Dr. Lai include heart problems and cardiac catheterization. Dr. Lai accepts Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Medi-Cal, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Lai is conversant in Mandarin and Cantonese. He is affiliated with Sutter Medical Network and Sutter Gould Medical Foundation (SGMF). His practice is open to 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 a Modesto, CA physician who specializes in orthopedics/orthopedic surgery. Patient reviews placed Dr. Whang at an average of 4.5 stars out of 5. Areas of particular interest for Dr. Whang include orthopedic surgery. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Sutter Medical Network, Memorial Medical Center, Modesto, and Sutter Gould Medical Foundation (SGMF). He honors Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Medi-Cal, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Whang is open to new patients. After attending Wake Forest University School of Medicine, he completed his residency training at Boston Medical Center.

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Relevant Interests: , arthroscopic surgery

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

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

Dr. Charles Tsai works as a cardiologist and radiation oncologist in Modesto, CA. After attending the University of Michigan Medical School, Dr. Tsai completed his residency training at a hospital affiliated with the University of Michigan. Areas of particular interest for Dr. Tsai include heart problems. He takes Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Medi-Cal, and more. He is affiliated with Sutter Medical Network and Sutter Gould Medical Foundation (SGMF). He is accepting new patients.

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

Dr. Robert Altman's specialty is general obstetrics & gynecology. His patients gave him an average rating of 4.5 out of 5 stars. These areas are among Dr. Altman's clinical interests: infertility and women's health issues. He is affiliated with Sutter Medical Network, Memorial Medical Center, Modesto, and Sutter Gould Medical Foundation (SGMF). Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Medi-Cal are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Altman honors. New patients are welcome to contact Dr. Altman's office for an appointment. He attended the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine and then went on to complete his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF). In addition to English, he speaks 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 R Suntra, MD
Specializes in Otolaryngology
600 Coffee Road
Modesto, CA
 

Dr. Charles Suntra is a specialist in otolaryngology (ear, nose, and throat). He works in Modesto, CA. In his practice, Dr. Suntra focuses on reconstructive surgery. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Sutter Medical Network, Memorial Medical Center, Modesto, and Sutter Gould Medical Foundation (SGMF). Dr. Suntra attended St. Louis University School of Medicine and then went on to complete his residency at Boston Medical Center. Dr. Suntra has a 4.5 out of 5 star average patient rating. He accepts Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Medi-Cal, as well as other insurance carriers. He has an open panel.

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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)

Specializes in Surgery
1409 E Briggsmore Avenue
Modesto, CA
 

Dr. Natalie Hubbard specializes in surgery and practices in Modesto, CA. Before performing her residency at Henry Ford Hospital, Dr. Hubbard attended the University of Miami, Miller School of Medicine and the University of Michigan Medical School. Dr. Hubbard is especially interested in laparoscopic surgery. She accepts several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Medi-Cal. She is conversant in Spanish. Her professional affiliations include Sutter Medical Network and Sutter Gould Medical Foundation (SGMF). Dr. Hubbard has an open panel.

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Relevant Interests: , laparoscopic surgery

All Interests: Surgical Procedures, Laparoscopic Surgery

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

Dr. Jenniefer Kho's areas of specialization are hand surgery and orthopedics/orthopedic surgery. Her clinical interests include orthopedic surgery. Dr. Kho is professionally affiliated with Sutter Medical Network and Sutter Gould Medical Foundation (SGMF). She is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Medi-Cal. Her practice is open to new patients. She attended the University of California, San Diego (UCSD), School of Medicine and subsequently trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of Iowa for residency.

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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 orthopedist in Modesto, CA. Dr. Fassero's clinical interests include knee problems, arthroscopic surgery, and replacement arthroplasty (joint replacement). He is affiliated with Sutter Medical Network, Memorial Medical Center, Modesto, and Sutter Gould Medical Foundation (SGMF). He attended Georgetown University School of Medicine and then went on to complete his residency at Mayo Clinic. He has a 3.5 out of 5 star average patient rating. He is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Medi-Cal. New patients are welcome to contact Dr. Fassero's office for an appointment.

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

Dr. Timothy Davis works as a vascular surgeon. He has a special interest in surgical procedures. Dr. Davis is affiliated with Sutter Medical Network, Memorial Medical Center, Modesto, and Sutter Gould Medical Foundation (SGMF). He is a graduate of Thomas Jefferson University, Jefferson Medical College. He completed his residency training at Albert Einstein Medical Center, Philadelphia. Patient ratings for Dr. Davis average 3.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Davis accepts several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Medi-Cal. Dr. Davis's practice is open to new patients.

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

Dr. Tomasz Gutowski is a vascular surgery and surgical oncology (cancer surgery) specialist. Dr. Gutowski's patients gave him an average rating of 4.5 out of 5 stars. He has a special interest in surgical procedures. His professional affiliations include Sutter Medical Network, Memorial Medical Center, Modesto, and Sutter Gould Medical Foundation (SGMF). Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Medi-Cal are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Gutowski accepts. He is open to new patients. Dr. Gutowski obtained his medical school training at Wayne State University School of Medicine and performed his residency at Detroit Medical Center/Wayne State University. Dr. Gutowski (or staff) is conversant in Polish. He also offers interpreting services for patients who speak Spanish.

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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)

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

Dr. Refugio Gonzalez specializes in surgery. His clinical interests include surgical procedures. He is an in-network provider for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Medi-Cal, and more. After completing medical school at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), David Geffen School of Medicine, Dr. Gonzalez performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF). He is conversant in Spanish. Dr. Gonzalez's hospital/clinic affiliations include Sutter Medical Network, Alta Bates Medical Group (ABMG), and Sutter East Bay Medical Foundation (SEBMF). He has an open panel.

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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

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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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