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Dr. Elizabeth Ann Piontek, MD
Specializes in Urology
19001 E 48th Street S
Independence, MO

Dr. Elizabeth Piontek's specialty is urology (urinary tract disease). Dr. Piontek has indicated that her clinical interests include robotic surgery and urinary incontinence. Her professional affiliations include Saint Luke's East Hospital and Carondelet Health. She graduated from the University of Missouri-Columbia School of Medicine and the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Medicine. For her professional training, Dr. Piontek completed a residency program at the University of Nebraska Medical Center. Coventry, TRICARE, and United Healthcare Plans are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Piontek honors.

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Relevant Interests: , robotic surgery

All Interests: Prostate Problems, Urinary Incontinence, Cancer, Kidney Problems, Robotic Surgery

Dr. James Sanford McIntosh, MD
Specializes in Urology
19001 E 48th Street S
Independence, MO

Dr. James McIntosh is a medical specialist in urology (urinary tract disease). Dr. McIntosh has a special interest in robotic prostatectomy and robotic pyeloplasty. Dr. McIntosh takes several insurance carriers, including Coventry, TRICARE, and United Healthcare Plans. Dr. McIntosh graduated from the University of Missouri-Columbia School of Medicine and then Dr. McIntosh performed Dr. McIntosh's residency at the University of Kansas Medical Center. Dr. McIntosh is affiliated with Saint Luke's East Hospital and Carondelet Health.

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Relevant Interests: , robotic radical nephrectomy, robotic prostatectomy, robotic pyeloplasty, laparoscopic surgery, robotic surgery

All Interests: Partial Nephrectomy, Robotic Radical Nephrectomy, Robotic Pyeloplasty, Robotic Prostatectomy, ... (Read more)

Aruna Rokkam, MD
Specializes in Internal Medicine, Medical Oncology, Hematology
3889 South Jackson Drive
Independence, MO

Dr. Aruna Rokkam is a medical oncology and hematology (blood disorders) specialist. These areas are among her clinical interests: cancer surgery, colon cancer, and consultation. She is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE. Dr. Rokkam's education and training includes medical school at NTR University of Health Sciences and Siddhartha Medical College and residency at Sinai Hospital of Baltimore and a hospital affiliated with Johns Hopkins University. Dr. Rokkam is affiliated with Belton Regional Medical Center, Lafayette Regional Health Center, and Research Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , vertebroplasty, kyphoplasty (vertebral augmentation)

All Interests: Breast Pain, Intrathecal Chemotherapy, Kyphoplasty, Bone Marrow Aspiration, Laminotomy, ... (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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