We found 54 providers matching minimally invasive surgery and who accept Health Net PPO near Walnut Creek, CA.

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Dr. Wilson Shu-Chun Tsai, MD
Specializes in Thoracic Surgery
365 Lennon Lane; Suite 250
Walnut Creek, CA
 

Dr. Wilson Tsai works as a thoracic surgeon in Walnut Creek, CA, San Ramon, CA, and Concord, CA. He accepts Blue Shield, Health Net, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield, in addition to other insurance carriers. After completing medical school at UMDNJ-Robert Wood Johnson Medical School and UMDNJ-New Jersey Medical School, he performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with UMDNJ-Robert Wood Johnson Medical School. Dr. Tsai speaks Mandarin. He is affiliated with SEBMF - Diablo Division Community Provider Network, Alta Bates Medical Group (ABMG), and Sutter Delta Medical Center. He is accepting new patients.

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2013 Procedure Details

Source: Medicare Provider Utilization and Payment Data

  • Volume: 31
  • Charge (avg.): $5,667
  • Negotiated Rate (avg.): $1,786
Dr. Teimour A Nasirov, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Thoracic Surgery, Pediatric Cardiac Surgery
106 La Casa Viaduct; Suite 220
Walnut Creek, CA
 

Dr. Teimour Nasirov is a physician who specializes in general surgery, pediatric thoracic surgery, and pediatric cardiac surgery. Clinical interests for Dr. Nasirov include heart surgery. He takes Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Valley Health Plan, Blue Shield, and more. He obtained his medical school training at St. George's University School of Medicine and performed his residency at Saint Vincent Catholic Medical Centers, a hospital affiliated with New York Medical College, and a hospital affiliated with the University of North Dakota. He has received professional recognition including the following: Sacramento Super Doctors. In addition to English, Dr. Nasirov speaks Russian. His professional affiliations include Sutter Medical Center, Sacramento, Lucile Packard Children's Hospital Stanford, and Sutter Medical Group (SMG). He is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , minimally invasive cardiac surgery, robotic surgery

All Interests: Pericarditis, Lung Problems, Heart Transplant, Heart Surgery, Lung Transplant, Minimally Invasive ... (Read more)

Dr. Ramesh Sai Veeragandham, MD
Specializes in Cardiac Surgery, Vascular Surgery, Thoracic Surgery
2222 East Street; #375
Concord, CA
 

Dr. Ranesh Veeragandham is a cardiac surgeon, vascular surgeon, and thoracic surgeon. Dr. Veeragandham's hospital/clinic affiliations include Washington Hospital Healthcare System, Sutter Delta Medical Center, and Stanford Health Care - ValleyCare. Blue Shield, Health Net, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Veeragandham accepts. He welcomes new patients. He graduated from Guntur Medical College and then he performed his residency at Rush University Medical Center and a hospital affiliated with the University of California, San Diego (UCSD). Dr. Veeragandham (or staff) speaks the following languages: Telugu and Hindi.

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Relevant Interests: , endovascular surgery

All Interests: Peripheral Bypass Surgery, Bypass Surgery, Heart Bypass Surgery, Aortic Valve Surgery, Heart Valve ... (Read more)

Dr. Andreas Kamlot, MD
Specializes in Cardiac Surgery, Vascular Surgery, Thoracic Surgery
2222 East Street; #375
Concord, CA
 

Dr. Andreas Kamlot is a medical specialist in cardiac surgery, vascular surgery, and thoracic surgery. Clinical interests for Dr. Kamlot include maze procedure and minimally invasive cardiac surgery. Dr. Kamlot takes Blue Shield, Health Net, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield, as well as other insurance carriers. He attended Goethe University Frankfurt and then went on to complete his residency at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center. Dr. Kamlot speaks German. His professional affiliations include SEBMF - Diablo Division Community Provider Network, Sutter Medical Group (SMG) Solano Community Provider Network (CPN), and Sutter Delta Medical Center. He is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , minimally invasive cardiac surgery

All Interests: Maze Procedure, Heart Failure, Minimally Invasive Cardiac Surgery

Dr. Michaela Straznicka, MD
Specializes in Thoracic Surgery
365 Lennon Lane; Suite 250
Walnut Creek, CA
 

Dr. Michaela Straznicka's area of specialization is thoracic surgery. Dr. Straznicka takes Blue Shield, Health Net, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield insurance. She attended medical school at the University of Miami, Miller School of Medicine. Her residency was performed at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital and The University Hospital, Newark. She has received the following distinction: San Francisco Super Doctors. Dr. Straznicka speaks Czech. Her hospital/clinic affiliations include Sutter Delta Medical Center, Eden Medical Center, and John Muir Medical Center, Concord. She is accepting new patients.

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2013 Procedure Details

Source: Medicare Provider Utilization and Payment Data

  • Volume: 45
  • Charge (avg.): $630 - $4,381
  • Negotiated Rate (avg.): $206 - $1,428
Dr. Ajay Kumar Upadhyay, MD
Specializes in General Surgery, Bariatric Surgery, Surgical Oncology, Other
3156 Oak Road; #405
Walnut Creek, CA
 

Dr. Ajay Upadhyay specializes in general surgery, bariatric surgery, and surgical oncology (cancer surgery) and practices in Oakland, CA and Walnut Creek, CA. Before completing his residency at New York-Presbyterian Hospital and New York Hospital Queens, Dr. Upadhyay attended medical school at Maulana Azad Medical College. Clinical interests for Dr. Upadhyay include cancer surgery and weight loss surgery (bariatric surgery). He takes Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and CIGNA Plans, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Upadhyay (or staff) speaks Hindi and Punjabi. In addition, he offers interpreting services for patients who speak Spanish. He is professionally affiliated with Sutter Medical Network, Sutter East Bay Medical Foundation HMO Network, and St. Rose Hospital (Hayward, CA). New patients are welcome to contact his office for an appointment.

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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 is a medical specialist in ophthalmic plastic surgery and pediatric ophthalmology. Her education and training includes medical school at Northwestern University, Feinberg School of Medicine and residency at Children's Hospital Los Angeles and Jules Stein Eye Institute. Her areas of expertise include the following: eyelid surgery, lipoma excision, and collagen injections. Patient ratings for Dr. Silkiss average 3.5 stars out of 5. She accepts Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and CIGNA Plans, as well as other insurance carriers. She has received the following distinction: San Francisco Super Doctors. Dr. Silkiss (or staff) speaks Spanish and French. Dr. Silkiss is affiliated with California Pacific Medical Center (CPMC), Sutter East Bay Medical Foundation HMO Network, and Washington Hospital Healthcare System. She is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , endoscopic dacryocystorhinostomy

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

Dr. Min-Wei Christine Lee, MD
Specializes in Dermatopathology, MOHS-Micrographic Surgery
1479 Ygnacio Valley Road; Suite #209
Walnut Creek, CA
 

Dr. Min-Wei Lee is a medical specialist in dermatopathology and MOHS-micrographic surgery. Her clinical interests include facial problems, eyelid surgery, and rosacea. She is rated highly by her patients. Dr. Lee honors Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and CIGNA Plans, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Lee graduated from the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Chicago and then she performed her residency at Scripps Clinic and a hospital affiliated with Baylor College of Medicine. Dr. Lee (or staff) speaks Mandarin and Spanish. Her hospital/clinic affiliations include Sutter Medical Network, Sutter East Bay Medical Foundation HMO Network, and Alta Bates Summit Medical Center - Alta Bates Campus. Dr. Lee is accepting new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , mini facelift

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

Dr. Donald McCall Lewis, MD
Specializes in Hand Surgery, Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery, Sports Medicine
2405 Shadelands Drive
Walnut Creek, CA
 

Dr. Donald Lewis is a hand surgeon, orthopedist, and sports medicine specialist. Patients gave Dr. Lewis an average rating of 3.5 stars out of 5. His professional affiliations include John Muir Medical Center, Walnut Creek and John Muir Physician Network. He takes Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield, in addition to other insurance carriers. His practice is open to new patients. He attended Weill Cornell Medical College and Columbia University, College of Physicians and Surgeons and then went on to complete his residency at New York-Presbyterian Hospital and New York Orthopaedic Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , arthroscopic surgery

All Interests: Pain, Sports Health, Tumor, Osteoporosis, Wrist Problems, Elbow Problems, Shoulder Problems, ... (Read more)

2013 Procedure Details

Source: Medicare Provider Utilization and Payment Data

  • Volume: 12
  • Charge (avg.): $1,060
  • Negotiated Rate (avg.): $577
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 and practices in Walnut Creek, CA, Sacramento, CA, and Fremont, CA. His areas of expertise include knee problems, arthroscopic surgery, and replacement arthroplasty (joint replacement). Dr. Jamali has received a 4.5 out of 5 star rating by his patients. He honors Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and CIGNA Plans, as well as other insurance carriers. He is a graduate of Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) School of Medicine. His medical residency was performed at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, San Diego (UCSD). Dr. Jamali has received the following distinction: Sacramento Super Doctors. Dr. Jamali is affiliated with Sutter Medical Network, Alta Bates Summit Medical Center - Alta Bates Campus, and Sutter Medical Center, Sacramento. New patients are welcome to contact his office for an appointment.

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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. Benjamin Thomas Busfield, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery, Sports Medicine
130 La Casa Viaduct, Building 3; Suite 111
Walnut Creek, CA
 

Dr. Benjamin Busfield, who practices in Brentwood, CA, Walnut Creek, CA, and Antioch, CA, is a medical specialist in pediatric orthopedics/orthopedic surgery and sports medicine. Clinical interests for Dr. Busfield include arthroscopic surgery, replacement arthroplasty (joint replacement), and sports health. Dr. Busfield is rated 3.0 stars out of 5 by his patients. He honors Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield, in addition to other insurance carriers. He is a graduate of Georgetown University School of Medicine. Dr. Busfield's medical residency was performed at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF). He speaks Spanish. Dr. Busfield is affiliated with SEBMF - Diablo Division Community Provider Network, Sutter Delta Medical Center, and Alta Bates Summit Medical Center - Alta Bates Campus. His practice is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , arthroscopic surgery, hip arthroscopy, wrist arthroscopy, knee arthroscopy, shoulder arthroscopy, elbow arthroscopy, ankle arthroscopy

All Interests: Meniscus Repair, Knee Arthritis, Radial Head Replacement, Elbow Pain, Sports Health, Hip Pain, Hand ... (Read more)

Dr. William Buchanan Workman, MD
Specializes in Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery, Sports Medicine
101 Ygnacio Valley Road; 400
Walnut Creek, CA
 

Dr. William Workman's areas of specialization are orthopedics/orthopedic surgery and sports medicine; he sees patients in Walnut Creek, CA. Clinical interests for Dr. Workman include knee problems, arthroscopic surgery, and foot problems. The average patient rating for Dr. Workman is 4.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Workman honors several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Aetna, and TRICARE. He attended Tulane University School of Medicine and then went on to complete his residency at a hospital affiliated with Yale University. He is affiliated with John Muir Medical Center, Concord, John Muir Medical Center, Walnut Creek, and John Muir Physician Network. New patients are welcome to contact Dr. Workman's office for an appointment.

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Relevant Interests: , arthroscopic surgery

All Interests: Sports Health, Hip Problems, Elbow Problems, Shoulder Problems, Fractures, Knee Problems, ... (Read more)

Dr. Richard John Wyzykowski, MD
Specializes in Hand Surgery, Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery
2405 Shadelands Drive
Walnut Creek, CA
 

Dr. Richard Wyzykowski's areas of specialization are hand surgery and orthopedics/orthopedic surgery; he sees patients in Walnut Creek, CA, San Ramon, CA, and Brentwood, CA. The average patient rating for Dr. Wyzykowski is 3.0 stars out of 5. He is an in-network provider for Blue Shield, Health Net, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and more. Dr. Wyzykowski attended the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), David Geffen School of Medicine and subsequently trained at the University Hospitals, Cleveland for residency. His hospital/clinic affiliations include John Muir Medical Center, Concord, John Muir Medical Center, Walnut Creek, and John Muir Physician Network. His practice is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , arthroscopic surgery

All Interests: Sports Health, Tumor, Wrist Problems, Elbow Problems, Shoulder Problems, Fractures, Arthroscopic ... (Read more)

Dr. Charles M Chan, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery
106 La Casa Viaduct; Suite 240
Walnut Creek, CA
 

Dr. Charles Chan's area of specialization is pediatric orthopedics/orthopedic surgery. He graduated from Brown University, Alpert Medical School. For his professional training, Dr. Chan completed residency programs at the University of Rochester Medical Center and a hospital affiliated with Stony Brook University Medical Center. Clinical interests for Dr. Chan include knee problems, arthroscopic surgery, and sports health. Dr. Chan takes Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Valley Health Plan, Blue Shield, and more. He speaks Mandarin and Taiwanese. He is affiliated with Mary L. Johnson Specialty Services, California Pacific Medical Center (CPMC), and Lucile Packard Children's Hospital Stanford. Dr. Chan is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , arthroscopic surgery

All Interests: Knee Problems, Arthroscopic Surgery, Sports Health, Shoulder Problems, Fractures, Trauma

Dr. Barbara L Persons, MD
Specializes in Plastic Surgery
911 Moraga Road; #205
Lafayette, CA
 

Dr. Barbara Persons practices plastic surgery. Dr. Persons's average rating from her patients is 4.5 stars out of 5. These areas are among her clinical interests: eyelid surgery, dermabrasion, and mini tummy tuck. She is affiliated with John Muir Medical Center, Concord and John Muir Medical Center, Walnut Creek. She accepts Blue Shield, Health Net, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Persons attended the University of Vermont College of Medicine for medical school and subsequently trained at the University of Mississippi Medical Center and a hospital affiliated with the University of Nevada for residency. She has received the distinction of Humanism and Excellence in Medicine, Arnold P. Gold Foundation, 2002 RealSelf Top Doctor. In addition to English, she speaks Spanish.

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Relevant Interests: , endoscopic surgery

All Interests: Dermabrasion, Breast Augmentation, Labiaplasty, Endoscopic Surgery, Pec Implants, Butt ... (Read more)

Dr. Stephen Robert Wells, MD
Specializes in General Obstetrics & Gynecology
110 Tampico Drive; #220
Walnut Creek, CA
 

Dr. Stephen Wells' specialty is general obstetrics & gynecology. His average patient rating is 4.5 stars out of 5. Clinical interests for Dr. Wells include robotic surgery. Dr. Wells is an in-network provider for Blue Shield, Health Net, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield, in addition to other insurance carriers. He graduated from Louisiana State University School of Medicine in New Orleans and Louisiana State University School of Medicine in Shreveport. His residency was performed at Los Angeles County+USC Medical Center. Dr. Wells has received professional recognition including the following: San Francisco Super Doctors. He is conversant in Spanish. Dr. Wells's professional affiliations include John Muir Medical Center, Concord, John Muir Medical Center, Walnut Creek, and John Muir Physician Network.

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Relevant Interests: , robotic surgery

All Interests: Endometrial Ablation, Robotic Surgery

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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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