We found 21 providers matching minimally invasive surgery and who accept CIGNA POS near Walnut Creek, CA.

Dr. Sunghoon Kim, MD
Specializes in Pediatric General Surgery
2401 Shadelands Drive
Walnut Creek, CA
 

Dr. Sunghoon Kim is a pediatric general surgery specialist in Oakland, CA, Brentwood, CA, and San Ramon, CA. After attending the University of Michigan Medical School, Dr. Kim 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. His areas of expertise include the following: robotic surgery and thoracic (chest) surgery procedures. He takes Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, CIGNA Plans, and more. In addition to English, he speaks Korean. His hospital/clinic affiliations include SEBMF - Diablo Division Community Provider Network, Sutter Medical Network, and Alta Bates Medical Group (ABMG). Dr. Kim is accepting new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , robotic surgery

All Interests: Pectus Excavatum, Inguinal Hernia, Gastrostomy, Umbilical Hernia, Phimosis, Appendicitis, ... (Read more)

Dr. Ajay Kumar Upadhyay, MD
Specializes in General Surgery, Bariatric Surgery, Surgical Oncology, Other
3156 Oak Road; #405
Walnut Creek, CA
 

Dr. Ajay Upadhyay is a general surgery, bariatric surgery, and surgical oncology (cancer surgery) specialist in Oakland, CA and Walnut Creek, CA. Dr. Upadhyay (or staff) speaks Hindi and Punjabi. In addition, he offers language support for Spanish-speaking patients. These areas are among his clinical interests: cancer surgery and weight loss surgery (bariatric surgery). He is affiliated with Sutter Medical Network, Sutter East Bay Medical Foundation HMO Network, and St. Rose Hospital. He obtained his medical school training at Maulana Azad Medical College and performed his residency at New York-Presbyterian Hospital and New York Hospital Queens. Dr. Upadhyay is an in-network provider for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, CIGNA Plans, and more. He has an open panel.

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Relevant Interests: , laparoscopic splenectomy, laparoscopic liver resection, laparoscopic weight loss surgery, laparoscopic gallbladder removal, laparoscopic adrenalectomy, robotic surgery

All Interests: Achalasia, Research, Sleeve Gastrectomy, Incisional Hernia, Liver Cancer, Colon Cancer, Heller ... (Read more)

Dr. Rona Zel Silkiss, MD
Specializes in Ophthalmic Plastic Surgery, Pediatric Ophthalmology
1820 San Miguel Drive
Walnut Creek, CA
 

Dr. Rona Silkiss' specialties are ophthalmic plastic surgery and pediatric ophthalmology. She graduated from Northwestern University, Feinberg School of Medicine and then she performed her residency at Children's Hospital Los Angeles and Jules Stein Eye Institute. Her areas of expertise include eyelid surgery, lipoma excision, and collagen injections. Patient ratings for Dr. Silkiss average 3.5 stars out of 5. Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and CIGNA Plans are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Silkiss takes. Dr. Silkiss has received professional recognition including the following: San Francisco Super Doctors. Dr. Silkiss (or staff) speaks Spanish and French. Dr. Silkiss's hospital/clinic affiliations include California Pacific Medical Center (CPMC), Sutter East Bay Medical Foundation HMO Network, and Washington Hospital Healthcare System. She welcomes new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , endoscopic dacryocystorhinostomy

All Interests: Graves Disease, Eye Muscle Surgery, Retinoblastoma, Retinopathy of Prematurity, Eye Trauma, Eyelid ... (Read more)

Dr. John Robert Griffin, MD
Specializes in Plastic Surgery
2401 Shadelands Drive
Walnut Creek, CA
 

Dr. John Griffin is a plastic surgeon. He attended the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School and subsequently trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas for residency. These areas are among his clinical interests: eyelid surgery, thigh lift, and general reconstruction. The average patient rating for Dr. Griffin is 4.5 stars out of 5. He honors Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and TRICARE, in addition to other insurance carriers. His professional affiliations include Sutter Medical Network, Menlo Park Surgical Hospital (MPSH), and Mills-Peninsula Division. Dr. Griffin has an open panel.

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Relevant Interests: , endoscopic surgery

All Interests: Dermabrasion, Breast Augmentation, Dupuytren's Contracture, Endoscopic Surgery, Eyelid Problems, ... (Read more)

Dr. Amir A Jamali, MD
Specializes in Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery
130 La Casa Viaduct, Building 3; Suite 111
Walnut Creek, CA
 

Dr. Amir Jamali specializes in orthopedics/orthopedic surgery. He graduated from Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) School of Medicine. For his residency, Dr. Jamali trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, San Diego (UCSD). Dr. Jamali's areas of expertise include knee problems, arthroscopic surgery, and replacement arthroplasty (joint replacement). Patients rated Dr. Jamali highly, giving him an average of 4.5 stars out of 5. Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and CIGNA Plans are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Jamali accepts. He has received the following distinction: Sacramento Super Doctors. He is professionally affiliated with Sutter Medical Network, Alta Bates Summit Medical Center - Alta Bates Campus, and Sutter Medical Center, Sacramento. Dr. Jamali welcomes new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , arthroscopic surgery, knee arthroscopy, shoulder arthroscopy

All Interests: Meniscus Repair, Knee Arthritis, Sports Health, Bursitis, Partial Knee Replacement, Knee Problems, ... (Read more)

Dr. Lisa L Lattanza, MD
Specializes in Hand Surgery, Pediatric Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery
2401 Shadelands Drive
Walnut Creek, CA
 

Dr. Lisa Lattanza, who practices in San Francisco, CA, San Ramon, CA, and Oakland, CA, is a medical specialist in pediatric orthopedics/orthopedic surgery and hand surgery. On average, patients gave Dr. Lattanza a rating of 3.5 stars out of 5. Her areas of expertise include dupuytren's contracture, wrist fracture, and tennis elbow (lateral epicondylitis). She is affiliated with Sutter Medical Network, Alta Bates Medical Group (ABMG), and UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital Oakland. She honors Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, CIGNA Plans, and more. Dr. Lattanza is open to new patients. After completing medical school at the University of Toledo College of Medicine, she performed her residency at the University of Missouri Health System and a hospital affiliated with the University of Missouri-Kansas City (UMKC). She has received the distinction of San Francisco Super Doctors.

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Relevant Interests: , arthroscopic surgery

All Interests: Wrist Fracture, Hand Fracture, Dupuytren's Contracture, Wrist Problems, Elbow Problems, Elbow ... (Read more)

Dr. Elisabeth M Schleuning, MD
Specializes in General Obstetrics & Gynecology
911 Moraga Road; Suite 201
Lafayette, CA
 

Dr. Elisabeth Schleuning works as a general OB/GYN. Dr. Schleuning attended the University of Chicago, Pritzker School of Medicine and subsequently trained at the University of Iowa Hospitals & Clinics for residency. In her practice, Dr. Schleuning focuses on women's health issues. She has a 4.5 out of 5 star average patient rating. She is in-network for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Medi-Cal, and more. She is conversant in French. Dr. Schleuning is professionally affiliated with Sutter Medical Network, Alta Bates Medical Group (ABMG), and Sutter East Bay Medical Foundation (SEBMF). Dr. Schleuning has an open panel.

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Relevant Interests: , vaginal hysterectomy, total laparoscopic hysterectomy (TLH), robotic surgery, laparoscopic myomectomy

All Interests: Laparoscopic Myomectomy, Cervical Dysplasia, Vaginal Birth after Cesarean, Essure, Vaginal ... (Read more)

Dr. Anahat Kaur Sandhu, MD
Specializes in General Obstetrics & Gynecology
970 Dewing Avenue; #203
Lafayette, CA
 

Dr. Anahat Sandhu is a general OB/GYN in Lafayette, CA. Dr. Sandhu's education and training includes medical school at the University of Chicago, Pritzker School of Medicine and residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). Her areas of expertise include menopause. She is rated 3.5 stars out of 5 by her patients. Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and CIGNA Plans are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Sandhu honors. She speaks Punjabi. She is professionally affiliated with 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 her office for an appointment.

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Relevant Interests: , vaginal hysterectomy, total laparoscopic hysterectomy (TLH), robotic surgery, laparoscopic myomectomy

All Interests: Menopause, Colposcopy, Diabetes during Pregnancy, Adolescent Gynecology, Pre-Eclampsia, NovaSure, ... (Read more)

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

Dr. Dimitry Lerner sees patients in Walnut Creek, CA. His medical specialty is gynecologic oncology. Dr. Lerner is especially interested in ovarian cancer, endometrial cancer, and vulvar cancer. He is an in-network provider for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and CIGNA Plans, as well as other insurance carriers. He attended medical school at Tel Aviv University, Sackler Faculty of Medicine. For his residency, Dr. Lerner trained at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center. In addition to English, he speaks Russian. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Sutter Medical Network, Alta Bates Medical Group (ABMG), and Alta Bates Summit Medical Center - Summit Campus. He has an open panel.

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Relevant Interests: , minimally invasive surgery, robotic surgery, da Vinci surgery

All Interests: Colposcopy, Tumor, Vaginal Cancer, Vulvar Cancer, Ovarian Cancer, Gynecologic Cancer, Endometrial ... (Read more)

Dr. Nirav Kiritkumar Pandya, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery
2401 Shadelands
Walnut Creek, CA
 

Dr. Nirav Pandya is a specialist in pediatric orthopedics/orthopedic surgery. He works in Oakland, CA, San Ramon, CA, and Walnut Creek, CA. Dr. Pandya's professional affiliations include Sutter Medical Network, Alta Bates Medical Group (ABMG), and UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital Oakland. He is in-network for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, CIGNA Plans, and more. He is open to new patients. Before completing his residency at Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, Dr. Pandya attended medical school at the University of Chicago, Pritzker School of Medicine.

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Relevant Interests: , arthroscopic surgery

All Interests: PCL Injury, Sports Health, ACL Injury, Hip Problems, Wrist Surgery, Elbow Problems, Arthroscopic ... (Read more)

Dr. Michael G Cedars, MD
Specializes in Plastic Surgery
2401 Shadelands Drive
Walnut Creek, CA
 

Dr. Michael Cedars' specialty is plastic surgery. On average, patients gave Dr. Cedars a rating of 5.0 stars out of 5. His areas of expertise include dermabrasion, mini tummy tuck, and botox injection. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Sutter Medical Network, Brown & Toland Physicians, and UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital Oakland. Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and CIGNA Plans are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Cedars takes. His practice is open to new patients. Dr. Cedars is a graduate of the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF), School of Medicine. He completed his residency training at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center. He has received the distinction of San Francisco Super Doctors.

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Relevant Interests: , endoscopic surgery

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

Dr. Santi D Rao, MD
Specializes in Spine Surgery, Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery
2291 Pacheco Street
Concord, CA
 

Dr. Santi Rao is a spine surgery and orthopedics/orthopedic surgery specialist. Areas of particular interest for Dr. Rao include orthopedic surgery. Dr. Rao accepts Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, CIGNA Plans, and more. He attended B.J. Medical College, Pune and Armed Forces Medical College for medical school and subsequently trained at New Britain General Hospital, a hospital affiliated with SUNY Downstate Medical Center, and a hospital affiliated with SUNY Upstate Medical University for residency. Dr. Rao (or staff) speaks the following languages: Spanish, French, and Hindi. His hospital/clinic affiliations include SEBMF - Diablo Division Community Provider Network, Sutter Medical Group (SMG) Solano Community Provider Network (CPN), and Sutter Solano Medical Center. Dr. Rao has an open panel.

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Relevant Interests: , endoscopic surgery

All Interests: Artificial Disc Replacement, Stenosis, Neck Pain, Work Injuries, Endoscopic Surgery, Total Disc ... (Read more)

Dr. Paul Louis Ludmer, MD
Specializes in Cardiac Electrophysiology
106 La Casa Viaduct; Suite 140
Walnut Creek, CA
 

Dr. Paul Ludmer sees patients in Oakland, CA, Emeryville, CA, and Walnut Creek, CA. His medical specialty is cardiac electrophysiology (heart rhythm). His average patient rating is 4.5 stars out of 5. He takes Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, CIGNA Plans, and more. Dr. Ludmer attended the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF), School of Medicine and subsequently trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) for residency. He has received the distinction of San Francisco Super Doctors. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Sutter Medical Network, Sutter East Bay Medical Foundation HMO Network, and Eden Medical Center. Dr. Ludmer welcomes 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. Samuel Wang, MD
Specializes in Adult Cardiology, Cardiac Electrophysiology
3466 Mt. Diablo Boulevard
Lafayette, CA
 

Dr. Samuel Wang's areas of specialization are adult cardiology and cardiac electrophysiology (heart rhythm); he sees patients in Oakland, CA and Lafayette, CA. Dr. Wang is rated 2.0 stars out of 5 by his patients. He is in-network for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and CIGNA Plans, as well as other insurance carriers. He attended Tufts University School of Medicine and then went on to complete his residency at Tufts Medical Center. In addition to English, Dr. Wang speaks Mandarin. He is professionally affiliated with 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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2013 Procedure Details

Source: Medicare Provider Utilization and Payment Data

  • Volume: 20
  • Charge (avg.): $1,850
  • Negotiated Rate (avg.): $539
Dr. Steven Kang, MD
Specializes in Cardiac Electrophysiology
106 La Casa Viaduct; #140
Walnut Creek, CA
 

Dr. Steven Kang's area of specialization is cardiac electrophysiology (heart rhythm). The average patient rating for Dr. Kang is 4.5 stars out of 5. In Dr. Kang's practice, he is particularly interested in heart problems and electrophysiological (EP) study. He is professionally affiliated with Sutter Medical Network, Sutter East Bay Medical Foundation HMO Network, and Eden Medical Center. Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and CIGNA Plans are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Kang accepts. He has an open panel. He graduated from George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences and then he performed his residency at George Washington University Medical Center.

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Relevant Interests: , cardiac resynchronization therapy (CRT)

All Interests: Atrial Fibrillation, Heart Problems, Catheter Ablation, Electrophysiological Study, Stroke, Afib ... (Read more)

Dr. Andrew David Smith, MD
Specializes in Urology
355 Lennon Lane; Suite 205
Walnut Creek, CA
 

Dr. Andrew Smith is an urologist. He accepts Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and CIGNA Plans, as well as other insurance carriers. After completing medical school at Boston University School of Medicine, Dr. Smith performed his residency at Beth Israel Medical Center. His professional affiliations include Sutter Medical Network, Sutter East Bay Medical Foundation HMO Network, and Alta Bates Summit Medical Center - Summit Campus. He has an open panel.

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2013 Procedure Details

Source: Medicare Provider Utilization and Payment Data

  • Volume: 13
  • Charge (avg.): $1,451
  • Negotiated Rate (avg.): $741

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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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