We found 13 providers matching minimally invasive surgery and who accept CIGNA POS near San Rafael, CA.

Dr. Peter Thomas Anastassiou, MD
Specializes in Thoracic Surgery
1350 South Eliseo Drive; Suite 200
Greenbrae, CA
 

Dr. Peter Anastassiou's medical specialty is surgical oncology (cancer surgery) and thoracic surgery. Patients rated Dr. Anastassiou highly, giving him an average of 5.0 stars out of 5. He has indicated that his clinical interests include thoracic (chest) surgery procedures. His professional affiliations include Seton Hospital, Sutter Medical Network, and California Pacific Medical Center (CPMC). Dr. Anastassiou 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. He obtained his medical school training at Baylor College of Medicine and performed his residency at the University of Wisconsin Hospital and Clinics, a hospital affiliated with Baylor College of Medicine, and a hospital affiliated with Wayne State University. Distinctions awarded to Dr. Anastassiou include: San Francisco Super Doctors and [415] Top Doctor, Marin Magazine. Dr. Anastassiou (or staff) speaks the following foreign languages: Spanish and Greek.

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Relevant Interests: , minimally invasive surgery

All Interests: Pleural Effusion, Thoracic Cancer, Thoracic Surgery Procedures, Minimally Invasive Surgery, ... (Read more)

Dr. Richard H Hongo, MD
Specializes in Cardiac Electrophysiology
1350 South Eliseo Drive; Suite 220
Greenbrae, CA
 

Dr. Richard Hongo is a medical specialist in cardiac electrophysiology (heart rhythm). Dr. Hongo (or staff) speaks Japanese. In addition, he offers language support for patients who speak Spanish and Chinese. His clinical interests encompass heart problems. Dr. Hongo is affiliated with Sutter Medical Network, Sutter Pacific Medical Foundation, and California Pacific Medical Center (CPMC). He studied medicine at Loma Linda University School of Medicine. Dr. Hongo's medical residency was performed at Legacy Emanuel Medical Center and Legacy Good Samaritan Medical Center, Portland. He is rated highly by his patients. Dr. Hongo takes Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Medi-Cal, in addition to other insurance carriers. Distinctions awarded to Dr. Hongo include: San Francisco Super Doctors; Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society; and American College of Cardiology, District Councilor. His practice is open to new patients.

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Clinical Interests: Heart Problems, Arrhythmias, Electrophysiological Study, Radiofrequency Ablation, Pacemaker

2013 Procedure Details

Source: Medicare Provider Utilization and Payment Data

  • Volume: 36
  • Charge (avg.): $2,628 - $4,571
  • Negotiated Rate (avg.): $559 - $975
Dr. Peter S Uzelac, MD
Specializes in Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility
Attn: Jaimie Vigil; Attn: Jaimie Vigil
Greenbrae, CA
 

Dr. Peter Uzelac is a medical specialist in reproductive endocrinology and infertility. Areas of particular interest for Dr. Uzelac include infertility. He accepts Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, CIGNA Plans, and more. Dr. Uzelac attended St. George's University School of Medicine and subsequently trained at White Memorial Medical Center and Loma Linda University Medical Center for residency. Dr. Uzelac (or staff) speaks the following foreign languages: Spanish and French. His professional affiliations include Sutter Medical Network, California Pacific Medical Center (CPMC), and Marin General Hospital (MGH). Dr. Uzelac is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , operative hysteroscopy

All Interests: Hysterosalpingography, Infertility, Sonohysterography, in Vitro Fertilization, Endometrial Biopsy, ... (Read more)

Dr. Christopher V Cox, MD
Specializes in Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery
1099 D Street; Suite 105
San Rafael, CA
 

Dr. Christopher Cox specializes in orthopedics/orthopedic surgery. He is conversant in Spanish. Clinical interests for Dr. Cox include knee problems, foot problems, and arthroscopic surgery. Dr. Cox's professional affiliations include Sutter Medical Network, California Pacific Medical Center (CPMC), and Brown & Toland Physicians. He obtained his medical school training at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF), School of Medicine and performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF). Dr. Cox takes Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and CIGNA Plans, as well as other insurance carriers. He has received the following distinction: San Francisco Super Doctors. He is accepting new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , arthroscopic surgery, knee arthroscopy

All Interests: Knee Arthritis, Hip Problems, Knee Pain, Outpatient Care, Revision Arthroplasty, Partial Knee ... (Read more)

Dr. John P Belzer, MD
Specializes in Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery
1099 D Street; Suite 105
San Rafael, CA
 

Dr. John Belzer is an orthopedist. Dr. Belzer (or staff) speaks the following languages: Filipino, Spanish, and Russian. Areas of expertise for Dr. Belzer include orthopedic surgery. He is professionally affiliated with Sutter Medical Network, California Pacific Medical Center (CPMC), and Brown & Toland Physicians. After attending Yale School of Medicine, Dr. Belzer completed his residency training at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF). His average rating from his patients is 3.5 stars out of 5. He is an in-network provider for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and CIGNA Plans, as well as other insurance carriers. He has received professional recognition including the following: San Francisco Super Doctors. His practice is open to new patients.

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Clinical Interests: Meniscus Repair, Shoulder Replacement, Orthopedic Surgery, Knee Replacement, Rotator Cuff Repair, ... (Read more)

2013 Procedure Details

Source: Medicare Provider Utilization and Payment Data

  • Volume: 34
  • Charge (avg.): $2,019 - $3,719
  • Negotiated Rate (avg.): $194 - $1,236
Dr. Robert E Mayle Jr., MD
Specializes in Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery
1099 D Street
San Rafael, CA
 

Dr. Robert Mayle's medical specialty is orthopedics/orthopedic surgery. Dr. Mayle's education and training includes medical school at Drexel University College of Medicine and residency at Stanford University Medical Center. Areas of particular interest for Dr. Mayle include orthopedic surgery. He takes Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and CIGNA Plans, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Mayle's hospital/clinic affiliations include Sutter Medical Network, California Pacific Medical Center (CPMC), and Brown & Toland Physicians. He is accepting new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , robotic surgery, knee arthroscopy

All Interests: Knee Arthritis, Hip Pain, Knee Pain, Revision Knee Arthroplasty, Tendon Repair, Ultrasound, ... (Read more)

Dr. Robert John Purchase, MD
Specializes in Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery
511 E. Blithedale Avenue
Mill Valley, CA
 

Dr. Robert Purchase is a specialist in orthopedics/orthopedic surgery. He is especially interested in orthopedic surgery. Dr. Purchase has a 5.0 out of 5 star average patient rating. Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and CIGNA Plans are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Purchase accepts. Before performing his residency at Temple University Hospital, Dr. Purchase attended Temple University School of Medicine. Dr. Purchase (or staff) speaks Mandarin, Filipino, and Spanish. He is affiliated with Sutter Medical Network, California Pacific Medical Center (CPMC), and Brown & Toland Physicians. He has an open panel.

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Relevant Interests: , minimally invasive surgery

All Interests: Meniscus Repair, Reverse Total Shoulder Replacement, Shoulder Problems, Partial Knee Replacement, ... (Read more)

Dr. Hillary Diane Redlin, MD
Specializes in Hand Surgery, Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery
599 Sir Francis Drake Boulevard; Suite 102
Greenbrae, CA
 

Dr. Hillary Redlin is a physician who specializes in hand surgery and orthopedics/orthopedic surgery. Her areas of clinical interest consist of hand problems, hand surgery procedures, and wrist problems. Dr. Redlin is professionally affiliated with Sutter Medical Network, California Pacific Medical Center (CPMC), and Brown & Toland Physicians. She accepts several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and CIGNA Plans. She has an open panel. Before performing her residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF), Dr. Redlin attended Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University for medical school.

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Relevant Interests: , arthroscopic surgery, wrist arthroscopy

All Interests: Carpal Tunnel Surgery, Finger Joint Replacement, Sports Health, Tumor, Hand Fracture, Tendonitis, ... (Read more)

Dr. Gerald T Kangelaris, MD
Specializes in Otolaryngology
1050 Northgate Drive; Suite 250-b
San Rafael, CA
 

Dr. Gerald Kangelaris is an otolaryngology (ear, nose, and throat) specialist in San Rafael, CA and San Francisco, CA. The average patient rating for Dr. Kangelaris is 5.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Kangelaris is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and CIGNA Plans. He attended the University of Michigan Medical School and then went on to complete his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF). Dr. Kangelaris's professional affiliations include Sutter Medical Network, California Pacific Medical Center (CPMC), and Marin General Hospital (MGH). He welcomes new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , sinuplasty

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

Dr. Armen Serebrakian, MD
Specializes in Otolaryngology
1000 Magnolia Avenue
Larkspur, CA
 

Dr. Armen Serebrakian's specialty is otolaryngology (ear, nose, and throat). Patient ratings for Dr. Serebrakian average 4.5 stars out of 5. He takes Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and CIGNA Plans, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Serebrakian graduated from Tehran University of Medical Sciences. For his professional training, Dr. Serebrakian completed a residency program at Henry Ford Hospital. Dr. Serebrakian (or staff) speaks the following languages: Armenian, French, and Persian. He is affiliated with Sutter Medical Network, Sutter East Bay Medical Foundation HMO Network, and UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital Oakland. Dr. Serebrakian welcomes new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , sinuplasty

All Interests: Surfer's Ear, Double Eyelid Surgery, Otoplasty, Food Allergy, Sinus Surgery, Fractures, Facial ... (Read more)

Dr. Margaret L Baer, MD
Specializes in Adult Cardiology
2 Bon Air Road; #100
Larkspur, CA
 

Dr. Margaret Baer's specialty is adult cardiology. After attending Harvard Medical School, Dr. Baer completed her residency training at Massachusetts General Hospital. She takes Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, CIGNA Plans, and more. She has received the distinction of [415] Top Doctor, Marin Magazine. Dr. Baer is professionally affiliated with Sutter Medical Network, Marin General Hospital (MGH), and Brown & Toland Physicians. She is open to new patients.

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2013 Procedure Details

Source: Medicare Provider Utilization and Payment Data

  • Volume: 30
  • Charge (avg.): $1,118
  • Negotiated Rate (avg.): $530
Dr. James L Chen, MPH, MD
Specializes in Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery, Sports Medicine
750 Redwood Highway; Suite 1035
Mill Valley, CA
 

Dr. James Chen specializes in orthopedics/orthopedic surgery and sports medicine. He has a special interest in orthopedic surgery. He is rated highly by his patients. Dr. Chen is an in-network provider for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Medi-Cal, and more. He studied medicine at the University of California, Davis, School of Medicine. For his professional training, Dr. Chen completed a residency program at a hospital affiliated with the University of Hawaii at Manoa. Dr. Chen (or staff) speaks Mandarin, Spanish, and Cantonese. In addition, he offers interpreting services for patients who speak French and Filipino. He is professionally affiliated with Sutter Medical Network, California Pacific Medical Center (CPMC), and Brown & Toland Physicians. He has an open panel.

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Relevant Interests: , wrist arthroscopy, endoscopic carpal tunnel surgery

All Interests: Meniscus Repair, Radial Head Replacement, Carpal Tunnel Surgery, Hip Problems, Reverse Total ... (Read more)

Specializes in Podiatry, Foot & Ankle Surgery
599 Sir Francis Drake Boulevard; Suite 102
Greenbrae, CA
 

Dr. Catherine Cheung's areas of specialization are podiatry (foot & ankle medicine) and foot & ankle surgery. Her hospital/clinic affiliations include Sutter Medical Network, Chinese Hospital, and Brown & Toland Physicians. She is an in-network provider for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and CIGNA Plans, as well as other insurance carriers. New patients are welcome to contact Dr. Cheung's office for an appointment. She speaks Cantonese.

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Relevant Interests: , ankle arthroscopy

All Interests: Warts, Orthotics, Sports Health, Athlete's Foot, Tendon Ruptures, Foot Surgery, Overuse Injuries, ... (Read more)

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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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