We found 12 providers matching minimally invasive surgery and who accept CIGNA POS near Walnut Creek, CA.

Sunghoon Kim M.D.
Specializes in Pediatric General Surgery
2401 Shadelands Drive
Walnut Creek, CA
 

Dr. Sunghoon Kim, who practices in Fremont, CA, Oakland, CA, and Brentwood, CA, is a medical specialist in pediatric general surgery. Areas of particular interest for Dr. Kim include robotic surgery and thoracic (chest) surgery procedures. Dr. Kim honors Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and CIGNA Plans, as well as other insurance carriers. He is a graduate of the University of Michigan Medical School. He completed his residency training at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) and a hospital affiliated with the University of California, Davis. In addition to English, Dr. Kim speaks Korean. His hospital/clinic affiliations include SEBMF - Diablo Division Community Provider Network, Sutter Medical Network, and Alta Bates Medical Group (ABMG). His practice is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , robotic surgery

All Interests: Surgical Procedures, Thoracic Surgery Procedures, Minimally Invasive Procedures, Robotic Surgery

Dr. Min-Wei Christine Lee M.D.
Specializes in Dermatopathology, MOHS-Micrographic Surgery
average rating 4.68 stars (86 ratings)
1479 Ygnacio Valley Road; Suite #209
Walnut Creek, CA
 

Dr. Min-Wei Lee is a dermatopathology and MOHS-micrographic surgery specialist in Walnut Creek, CA and Berkeley, CA. Dr. Lee (or staff) speaks the following foreign languages: Mandarin and Spanish. Her areas of expertise include eyelid surgery, dermabrasion, and thermage. Dr. Lee's professional affiliations include Sutter Medical Network, Sutter East Bay Medical Foundation HMO Network, and Alta Bates Summit Medical Center - Alta Bates Campus. After completing medical school at the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Chicago, Dr. Lee performed her residency at Scripps Clinic and a hospital affiliated with Baylor College of Medicine. She has a 4.5 out of 5 star average patient rating. She is an in-network provider for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, CIGNA Plans, and more. She welcomes new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , SmartLipo MPX, SmartLipo, tumescent liposuction, SlimLipo, mini facelift

All Interests: Dermabrasion, Sclerotherapy, Injectable Fillers, Juvederm, Chemical Peels, YAG Laser Surgery, ... (Read more)

Dr. Amir A. Jamali MD
Specializes in Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery
average rating 4.62 stars (8 ratings)
130 La Casa Viaduct; Building 3 #111
Walnut Creek, CA
 

Dr. Amir Jamali works as an orthopedist. Dr. Jamali is rated 4.5 stars out of 5 by his patients. Clinical interests for Dr. Jamali include knee problems, arthroscopic surgery, and replacement arthroplasty (joint replacement). He is affiliated with Sutter Medical Network, Alta Bates Summit Medical Center - Alta Bates Campus, and Sutter Medical Center, Sacramento. Dr. Jamali is in-network for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and CIGNA Plans, as well as other insurance carriers. He is open to new patients. After attending Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) School of Medicine, he completed his residency training at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, San Diego (UCSD). He has received the distinction of Sacramento Super Doctors.

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Relevant Interests: , arthroscopic surgery

All Interests: Hip Problems, Knee Problems, Arthroscopic Surgery, Orthopedic Surgery, Replacement Arthroplasty

Dr. John Robert Griffin M.D.
Specializes in Plastic Surgery
average rating 4.55 stars (9 ratings)
2401 Shadelands Drive
Walnut Creek, CA
 

Dr. John Griffin specializes in plastic surgery and practices in San Mateo, CA, Oakland, CA, and Walnut Creek, CA. His areas of expertise include eyelid surgery, facelift, and thigh lift (thighplasty). He is rated 4.5 stars out of 5 by his patients. Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and TRICARE are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Griffin honors. He attended the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School and then went on to complete his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas. Dr. Griffin's hospital/clinic affiliations include Sutter Medical Network, Menlo Park Surgical Hospital (MPSH), and Mills-Peninsula Division. New patients are welcome to contact his office for an appointment.

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Relevant Interests: , endoscopic surgery

All Interests: Dermabrasion, Breast Augmentation, Endoscopic Surgery, Injectable Fillers, Cosmetic Surgery, Breast ... (Read more)

Dr. Dimitry L. Lerner M.D.
Specializes in Gynecologic Oncology
1455 Montego; Suite 100
Walnut Creek, CA
 

Dr. Dimitry Lerner is a gynecologic oncology specialist. He is conversant in Russian. His areas of expertise include ovarian cancer, endometrial cancer, and vulvar cancer. Dr. Lerner is professionally affiliated with Sutter Medical Network, Alta Bates Medical Group (ABMG), and Alta Bates Summit Medical Center - Summit Campus. After attending Tel Aviv University, Sackler Faculty of Medicine for medical school, he completed his residency training at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center. He is in-network for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and CIGNA Plans, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Lerner's practice is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , da Vinci surgery

All Interests: Vulvar Cancer, Ovarian Cancer, Gynecologic Cancer, Endometrial Cancer, Da Vinci Surgery

Paul L. Ludmer MD
Specializes in Cardiac Electrophysiology
average rating 4.33 stars (3 ratings)
106 La Casa Viaduct; Suite 140
Walnut Creek, CA
 

Dr. Paul Ludmer's area of specialization is cardiac electrophysiology (heart rhythm). His professional affiliations include Sutter Medical Network, Sutter East Bay Medical Foundation HMO Network, and Alta Bates Summit Medical Center - Summit Campus. After attending the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF), School of Medicine, he completed his residency training at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF). Dr. Ludmer is rated highly by his patients. Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and CIGNA Plans are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Ludmer takes. He has received professional recognition including the following: San Francisco Super Doctors. He is accepting new patients.

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2013 Procedure Details

Source: Medicare Provider Utilization and Payment Data

  • Volume: 20
  • Charge (avg.): $2,199
  • Negotiated Rate (avg.): $525
Dr. Andrew David Smith M.D.
Specializes in Urology
average rating 5 stars (1 rating)
355 Lennon Lane; Suite 205
Walnut Creek, CA
 

Dr. Andrew Smith is a specialist in urology (urinary tract disease). He works in Oakland, CA, Walnut Creek, CA, and Concord, CA. Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and CIGNA Plans are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Smith accepts. He is a graduate of Boston University School of Medicine. Dr. Smith trained at Beth Israel Medical Center for his residency. His professional affiliations include Sutter Medical Network, Sutter East Bay Medical Foundation HMO Network, and Alta Bates Summit Medical Center - Summit Campus. New patients are welcome to contact Dr. Smith's office for an appointment.

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2013 Procedure Details

Source: Medicare Provider Utilization and Payment Data

  • Volume: 13
  • Charge (avg.): $1,451
  • Negotiated Rate (avg.): $741
Michael G. Cedars M.D.
Specializes in Plastic Surgery
average rating 4.96 stars (17 ratings)
2401 Shadelands Drive
Walnut Creek, CA
 

Dr. Michael Cedars' area of specialization is plastic surgery. His areas of expertise include dermabrasion, thermage, and voluma. Dr. Cedars is affiliated with Sutter Medical Network, UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital Oakland, and Brown & Toland Physicians. After attending the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF), School of Medicine, he completed his residency training at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center. Patient ratings for Dr. Cedars average 5.0 stars out of 5. He honors Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and CIGNA Plans, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Cedars has received the following distinction: San Francisco Super Doctors. He has an open panel.

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Relevant Interests: , MACS (minimal access cranial suspension) facelift, SmartLipo, tumescent liposuction, endoscopic surgery, mini facelift

All Interests: Dermabrasion, Breast Augmentation, Eyelid Retraction Repair, Ptosis Repair, Endoscopic Surgery, Lip ... (Read more)

Dr. Sassan Falsafi M.D.
Specializes in Otolaryngology
average rating 2.12 stars (4 ratings)
911 Moraga Road; Suite 102
Lafayette, CA
 

Dr. Sassan Falsafi is a specialist in otolaryngology (ear, nose, and throat). Dr. Falsafi's average patient rating is 2.0 stars out of 5. Clinical interests for Dr. Falsafi include sinuplasty. He is an in-network provider for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and CIGNA Plans, as well as other insurance carriers. He attended Indiana University School of Medicine and then went on to complete his residency at Boston Medical Center and a hospital affiliated with SUNY Downstate Medical Center. Dr. Falsafi (or staff) speaks the following foreign languages: Filipino and Persian. His professional affiliations include Sutter Medical Network, Sutter East Bay Medical Foundation HMO Network, and Alta Bates Summit Medical Center - Alta Bates Campus. He is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , endoscopic sinus surgery, sinuplasty

All Interests: Sinuplasty, Nose Surgery, Endoscopic Sinus Surgery

Anurag Gupta M.D.
Specializes in Adult Cardiology, Cardiac Electrophysiology
106 La Casa Viaduct; Suite 140
Walnut Creek, CA
 

Dr. Anurag Gupta is a specialist in adult cardiology and cardiac electrophysiology (heart rhythm). Dr. Gupta is a graduate of Harvard Medical School. For Dr. Gupta's residency, Dr. Gupta trained at Brigham and Women's Hospital. Dr. Gupta accepts Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and CIGNA Plans, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Gupta's professional affiliations include Sutter Medical Network, Alta Bates Medical Group (ABMG), and Alta Bates Summit Medical Center. Dr. Gupta is open to new patients.

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2013 Procedure Details

Source: Medicare Provider Utilization and Payment Data

  • Volume: 44
  • Charge (avg.): $1,266 - $2,538
  • Negotiated Rate (avg.): $471 - $886
Samuel Wang M.D.
Specializes in Adult Cardiology, Cardiac Electrophysiology
average rating 2.1 stars (5 ratings)
3466 Mt. Diablo Boulevard
Lafayette, CA
 

Dr. Samuel Wang works as an adult cardiologist and cardiac electrophysiologist. Before performing his residency at Tufts Medical Center, Dr. Wang attended Tufts University School of Medicine. He is rated 2.0 stars out of 5 by his patients. He accepts Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and CIGNA Plans, in addition to other insurance carriers. He speaks Mandarin. His professional affiliations include Sutter Medical Network, Sutter East Bay Medical Foundation HMO Network, and Alta Bates Summit Medical Center - Alta Bates Campus. New patients are welcome to contact Dr. Wang's office for an appointment.

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2013 Procedure Details

Source: Medicare Provider Utilization and Payment Data

  • Volume: 20
  • Charge (avg.): $1,850
  • Negotiated Rate (avg.): $539
Dr., Mr. Fred Suess M.D.
Specializes in Plastic Surgery
average rating 4.53 stars (16 ratings)
108 La Casa Viaduct; Suite 104
Walnut Creek, CA
 

Dr. Fred Suess sees patients in San Francisco, CA and Walnut Creek, CA. His medical specialty is plastic surgery. Dr. Suess is rated 4.5 stars out of 5 by his patients. These areas are among his clinical interests: eyelid surgery, facelift, and thigh lift (thighplasty). He is an in-network provider for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, as well as other insurance carriers. He attended SUNY Downstate Medical Center College of Medicine and then went on to complete his residency at St. Luke's-Roosevelt Hospital Center, Alameda County Medical Center, Highland Hospital, and a hospital affiliated with the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF). In addition to English, Dr. Suess (or staff) speaks German. He also offers language support for Spanish-speaking patients. Dr. Suess's professional affiliations include Sutter Medical Network, California Pacific Medical Center (CPMC), and Brown & Toland Physicians. New patients are welcome to contact his office for an appointment.

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Relevant Interests: , endoscopic surgery

All Interests: Dermabrasion, Breast Augmentation, Endoscopic Surgery, Pec Implants, Injectable Fillers, Cosmetic ... (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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