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Specializes in Pediatric Surgery, General Surgery
840 S Wood Street; Suite 416
Chicago, IL

Dr. Ami Shah's areas of specialization are pediatric surgery and general surgery; she sees patients in Chicago, IL and Hoffman Estates, IL. Her areas of expertise include thyroid problems, anoscopy, and crohn's disease. Dr. Shah is professionally affiliated with Adventist Medical Center Hinsdale and St. Alexius Medical Center. After attending the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign College of Medicine for medical school, she completed her residency training at a hospital affiliated with the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She takes Blue Cross/Blue Shield, TRICARE, Preferred Network Access (PNA), and more.

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Relevant Interests: , laparoscopic surgery

All Interests: Anoscopy, Breast Biopsy, Bronchoscopy, Burns, Intestinal Problems, Hemorrhoid Surgery, Crohn's ... (Read more)

Dr. Prasad V Gourineni, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery
1501 S California Avenue
Chicago, IL

Dr. Prasad Gourineni's area of specialization is pediatric orthopedics/orthopedic surgery. Before completing his residency at a hospital affiliated with Northwestern University, Dr. Gourineni attended medical school at Andhra Medical College. Clinical interests for Dr. Gourineni include spine problems and hip problems. Dr. Gourineni is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE. Dr. Gourineni (or staff) speaks Telugu and Hindi. His professional affiliations include Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago and Adventist Medical Center Hinsdale. Dr. Gourineni is accepting new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , arthroscopic surgery

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

Dr. George James Kouris, MD
Specializes in Plastic Surgery
1611 W. Harrison Street; Unit 212
Chicago, IL

Dr. George Kouris is a plastic surgery specialist. Dr. Kouris's average rating from his patients is 5.0 stars out of 5. His areas of expertise include the following: thigh lift (thighplasty), dermabrasion, and body contouring. He is professionally affiliated with Adventist Medical Center Hinsdale, Adventist Medical Center La Grange, and Rush University Medical Center. He takes Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Preferred Network Access (PNA), as well as other insurance carriers. He studied medicine at Rush Medical College. Awards and/or distinctions Dr. Kouris has received include Castle Connolly Regional Top Doctor; Chicago Magazine Top Doctor for Cancer; and America's Best Physicians.

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Relevant Interests: , endoscopic surgery

All Interests: Dermabrasion, Breast Augmentation, Blepharoptosis Repair, Endoscopic Surgery, Nipple Surgery, ... (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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