We found 18 providers matching minimally invasive surgery and who accept TRICARE 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 areas of specialization are vascular surgery and thoracic surgery; he sees patients in Modesto, CA. In addition to English, he speaks Cantonese. Dr. Fung has indicated that his clinical interests include thoracic (chest) surgery procedures. He is affiliated with Sutter Medical Network, Memorial Medical Center, Modesto, and Sutter Gould Medical Foundation (SGMF). He is a graduate of the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), David Geffen School of Medicine. For his professional training, Dr. Fung completed a residency program at a hospital affiliated with the University of Michigan. He honors Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Medi-Cal, and more. 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 is a hand surgeon and orthopedist in Modesto, CA. Clinical interests for Dr. Smith include hand problems, disabilities, and hand surgery procedures. Dr. Smith has received a 2.5 out of 5 star rating by his patients. He accepts several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Medi-Cal. He attended medical school at Georgetown University School of Medicine. His training includes a residency program at Vanderbilt University Medical Center. Dr. Smith is professionally affiliated with Sutter Medical Network, Sutter Tracy Community Hospital, and Memorial Medical Center, Modesto. 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. 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. In his practice, Dr. Pohwani focuses on heart problems. He is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Medi-Cal. Before completing his residency at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC), Dr. Pohwani attended medical school at Aga Khan University Medical College. Dr. Pohwani (or staff) speaks the following foreign languages: Urdu, Sindhi, and Hindi. He is affiliated with Sutter Medical Network and Sutter Gould Medical Foundation (SGMF). Dr. Pohwani welcomes new patients.

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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. Dr. Lai is a graduate of National University of Singapore, Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine and a graduate of Mayo Clinic's residency program. His areas of expertise consist of heart problems and cardiac catheterization. He accepts Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Medi-Cal, as well as other insurance carriers. He speaks the following languages: Mandarin and Cantonese. Dr. Lai is professionally 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 medical specialist in orthopedics/orthopedic surgery. On average, patients gave him a rating of 4.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Whang's areas of expertise include orthopedic surgery. He is affiliated with Sutter Medical Network, Memorial Medical Center, Modesto, and Sutter Gould Medical Foundation (SGMF). He is in-network for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Medi-Cal, as well as other insurance carriers. His practice is open to new patients. After attending Wake Forest University School of Medicine, Dr. Whang 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. Bal Mukand Rajagopalan, MD
Specializes in Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery
 

Dr. Bal Rajagopalan's area of specialization is orthopedics/orthopedic surgery. Dr. Rajagopalan's average rating from his patients is 5.0 stars out of 5. These areas are among his clinical interests: knee problems, foot problems, and arthroscopic surgery. He takes Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Empire BlueCross BlueShield, as well as other insurance carriers. He studied medicine at Memorial University of Newfoundland Faculty of Medicine. Dr. Rajagopalan trained at a hospital affiliated with Memorial University of Newfoundland for his residency. He has received distinctions including Southern California Super Doctors; Top Doctors and Dentists for Women; and WebMD editorial board. In addition to English, he speaks French. Dr. Rajagopalan has an open panel.

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Relevant Interests: , arthroscopic surgery

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

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

Dr. Robert Altman's medical specialty is general obstetrics & gynecology. After attending the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, he completed his residency training at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF). Areas of particular interest for Dr. Altman include infertility and women's health issues. Patients rated him highly, giving him an average of 4.5 stars out of 5. He is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Medi-Cal. Dr. Altman is conversant in Spanish. His professional affiliations include Sutter Medical Network, Memorial Medical Center, Modesto, and Sutter Gould Medical Foundation (SGMF). Dr. Altman has an open panel.

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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's specialty is general obstetrics & gynecology. Patient ratings for Dr. Pont average 5.0 stars out of 5. In his practice, Dr. Pont focuses on 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. Pont takes. He has an open panel. Dr. Pont 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 works as a cardiologist. He attended the University of Michigan Medical School and then went on to complete his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Michigan. He has indicated that his clinical interests include heart problems. Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Medi-Cal are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Tsai takes. He is affiliated with Sutter Medical Network and Sutter Gould Medical Foundation (SGMF). Dr. Tsai welcomes 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. Charles R Suntra, MD
Specializes in Otolaryngology
600 Coffee Road
Modesto, CA
 

Dr. Charles Suntra works as an ear, nose and throat specialist. Dr. Suntra has a 4.5 out of 5 star average patient rating. In his practice, he is particularly interested in reconstructive surgery. He takes Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Medi-Cal, and more. Before completing his residency at Boston Medical Center, Dr. Suntra attended medical school at St. Louis University School of Medicine. He 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: , 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 practices hand surgery and orthopedics/orthopedic surgery in Modesto, CA. Her clinical interests include orthopedic surgery. She is professionally affiliated with Sutter Medical Network and Sutter Gould Medical Foundation (SGMF). Before performing her residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Iowa, Dr. Kho attended the University of California, San Diego (UCSD), School of Medicine. Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Medi-Cal are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Kho accepts. She 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 a medical specialist in orthopedics/orthopedic surgery. He attended medical school at Georgetown University School of Medicine. Dr. Fassero completed his residency training at Mayo Clinic. These areas are among his clinical interests: knee problems, arthroscopic surgery, and replacement arthroplasty (joint replacement). The average patient rating for Dr. Fassero is 3.5 stars out of 5. He takes Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Medi-Cal, in addition to other insurance carriers. He 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: , 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 is a medical specialist in vascular surgery and surgical oncology (cancer surgery). Dr. Gutowski (or staff) speaks Polish. In addition, he offers interpreting services for Spanish-speaking patients. In his practice, he is particularly interested in surgical procedures. He is affiliated with Sutter Medical Network, Memorial Medical Center, Modesto, and Sutter Gould Medical Foundation (SGMF). He graduated from Wayne State University School of Medicine and then he performed his residency at Detroit Medical Center/Wayne State University. He has a 4.5 out of 5 star average patient rating. Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Medi-Cal are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Gutowski takes. He is open to 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 works as a surgeon. In her practice, Dr. Hubbard focuses on laparoscopic surgery. Dr. Hubbard's professional affiliations include Sutter Medical Network and Sutter Gould Medical Foundation (SGMF). She accepts Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Medi-Cal, as well as other insurance carriers. She is open to new patients. Her education and training includes medical school at the University of Miami, Miller School of Medicine and the University of Michigan Medical School and residency at Henry Ford Hospital. Dr. Hubbard speaks Spanish.

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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' specialty is vascular surgery. The average patient rating for Dr. Davis is 3.5 stars out of 5. He has indicated that his clinical interests include surgical procedures. He accepts Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Medi-Cal, and more. Dr. Davis graduated from Thomas Jefferson University, Jefferson Medical College. His training includes a residency program at Albert Einstein Medical Center, Philadelphia. He is affiliated with Sutter Medical Network, Memorial Medical Center, Modesto, and Sutter Gould Medical Foundation (SGMF). Dr. Davis is accepting 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. Refugio Gonzalez, MD
Specializes in Surgery
1409 E Briggsmore Avenue
Modesto, CA
 

Dr. Refugio Gonzalez practices surgery. Areas of expertise for Dr. Gonzalez include surgical procedures. He takes Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Medi-Cal, in addition to other insurance carriers. His education and training includes medical school at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), David Geffen School of Medicine and residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF). Dr. Gonzalez is conversant in Spanish. He is professionally affiliated with 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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