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Dr. Wei-Chien Michael Lin, MD
Specializes in Gynecologic Oncology
4835 Van Nuys Boulevard; Suite 208
Sherman Oaks, CA
 

Dr. Wei-Chien Lin is a gynecologic oncologist in Sherman Oaks, CA, Santa Clarita, CA, and Mission Hills, CA. Areas of expertise for Dr. Lin include robotic surgery. Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Lin honors. He attended George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences for medical school and subsequently trained at Temple University Hospital for residency. In addition to English, he speaks Mandarin. Dr. Lin's professional affiliations include Providence Holy Cross Medical Center, Providence Saint Joseph Medical Center, and Providence Tarzana Medical Center. He has an open panel.

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Relevant Interests: , minimally invasive surgery, robotic surgery

All Interests: Minimally Invasive Surgery, Robotic Surgery

2013 Procedure Details

  • Medicare Volume: 14
  • Uninsured Cost: $2,571
  • Medicare Cost: $482
Dr. Michael Aurash Zadeh, MD
Specializes in General Surgery
16542 Ventura Boulevard; Suite 304
Encino, CA
 

Dr. Michael Zadeh's medical specialty is general surgery. Dr. Zadeh's average rating from his patients is 5.0 stars out of 5. Clinical interests for Dr. Zadeh include anti-aging, migraine, and robotic surgery. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Providence Saint Joseph Medical Center and Providence Tarzana Medical Center. Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Medi-Cal are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Zadeh takes. New patients are welcome to contact Dr. Zadeh's office for an appointment. After completing medical school at St. George's University School of Medicine, he performed his residency at Saint Barnabas Medical Center, Livingston. Awards and/or distinctions Dr. Zadeh has received include Southern California Rising Stars; Patients Choice Award; and Best In Encino Award: Physicians & Surgeons. In addition to English, he speaks Persian.

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Relevant Interests: , minimally invasive surgery, robotic surgery

All Interests: Headache, Acid Reflux, Facial Problems, Cosmetic Treatments, Migraine, Minimally Invasive Surgery, ... (Read more)

Dr. Tina Beth Koopersmith, MD
Specializes in Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility, Gynecology
13320 Riverside Drive; #220
Sherman Oaks, CA
 

Dr. Tina Koopersmith's areas of specialization are reproductive endocrinology and infertility and gynecology. Patient ratings for Dr. Koopersmith average 4.0 stars out of 5. Her clinical interests include menopause, thyroid problems, and osteoporosis. Her professional affiliations include Providence Saint Joseph Medical Center and Providence Tarzana Medical Center. She is in-network for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and more. She is open to new patients. Dr. Koopersmith graduated from Duke University School of Medicine and then she performed her residency at Los Angeles County+USC Medical Center. Awards and/or distinctions she has received include Southern California Super Doctors; Top Doctors and Dentists for Women; and Preeminent Women's Health Doctors.

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Relevant Interests: , minimally invasive surgery, robotic surgery

All Interests: Menopause, Thyroid Problems, Infertility, Osteoporosis, Minimally Invasive Surgery, Endocrine ... (Read more)

Dr. Michael Leslee Potruch, MD
Specializes in General Obstetrics & Gynecology
18546 Roscoe Boulevard; Suite 300
Northridge, CA
 

Dr. Michael Potruch's medical specialty is general obstetrics & gynecology. His patients gave him an average rating of 4.5 out of 5 stars. He has indicated that his clinical interests include minimally invasive surgery, menopause, and high risk pregnancy. Dr. Potruch is affiliated with Providence Holy Cross Medical Center. He takes Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Potruch welcomes new patients. He studied medicine at Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science, Chicago Medical School. For his professional training, Dr. Potruch completed a residency program at Hahnemann University Hospital. In addition to English, he speaks Spanish.

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Relevant Interests: , minimally invasive surgery

All Interests: Menopause, Minimally Invasive Surgery, High Risk Pregnancy

Dr. Philip H Conwisar, MD
Specializes in Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery
4835 Van Nuys Boulevard; Suite 210
Sherman Oaks, CA
 

Dr. Philip Conwisar, who practices in North Hollywood, CA, Sherman Oaks, CA, and Valencia, CA, is a medical specialist in orthopedics/orthopedic surgery. Patient reviews placed him at an average of 3.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Conwisar's areas of expertise include arthroscopic surgery, knee replacement, and sports health. He is affiliated with Providence Saint Joseph Medical Center and Providence Tarzana Medical Center. Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Viant are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Conwisar accepts. New patients are welcome to contact his office for an appointment. He obtained his medical school training at Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science, Chicago Medical School and the University of Chicago, Pritzker School of Medicine and performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Illinois at Chicago.

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Relevant Interests: , arthroscopic surgery, minimally invasive surgery

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

Dr. Soroush Adam Ramin, MD
Specializes in Urologic Oncology, Surgical Oncology
12922 Victory Boulevard
North Hollywood, CA
 

Dr. Soroush Ramin is a specialist in urologic oncology and surgical oncology (cancer surgery). On average, patients gave him a rating of 4.0 stars out of 5. His areas of expertise include the following: urodynamic testing, erectile dysfunction (impotence), and benign prostatic hyperplasia (enlarged prostate). Dr. Ramin is professionally affiliated with Cedars-Sinai. He honors Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, as well as other insurance carriers. New patients are welcome to contact Dr. Ramin's office for an appointment. He studied medicine at Mount Sinai School of Medicine. Dr. Ramin trained at Loma Linda University Medical Center for residency. He has received professional recognition including the following: Southern California Super Doctors. Dr. Ramin (or staff) speaks the following languages: Spanish, Armenian, and Russian.

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Relevant Interests: , minimally invasive surgery, robotic partial nephrectomy, robotic prostatectomy, robotic surgery

All Interests: Prostate Problems, Urodynamic Testing, Erectile Dysfunction, Kidney Stones, Kidney Cancer, Bladder ... (Read more)

2013 Procedure Details

  • Medicare Volume: 79
  • Uninsured Cost: $3,000 - $17,263
  • Medicare Cost: $114 - $1,588
Dr. Erik N Zeegen, MD
Specializes in Adult Orthopedic Reconstructive Surgery
5525 Etiwanda Avenue; Suite 324
Tarzana, CA
 

Dr. Erik Zeegen is a specialist in adult orthopedic reconstructive surgery. He works in Tarzana, CA. He has a 5.0 out of 5 star average patient rating. In his practice, Dr. Zeegen focuses on minimally invasive surgery. He accepts Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, as well as other insurance carriers. After attending the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), David Geffen School of Medicine, he completed his residency training at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). Dr. Zeegen has received the following distinction: Southern California Super Doctors. He speaks Spanish. He is professionally affiliated with Providence Tarzana Medical Center. New patients are welcome to contact his office for an appointment.

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Relevant Interests: , minimally invasive surgery

All Interests: Minimally Invasive Surgery

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Specializes in Urology
18370 Burbank Boulevard; Suite 514
Tarzana, CA
 

Dr. Mayank Patel is a specialist in urology (urinary tract disease). He works in Tarzana, CA. Dr. Patel's patients gave him an average rating of 5.0 out of 5 stars. Clinical interests for Dr. Patel include robotic surgery and prostate cancer. He honors Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Cigna, as well as other insurance carriers. Before performing his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), Dr. Patel attended Tufts University School of Medicine. Dr. Patel (or staff) speaks the following foreign languages: Spanish and Gujarati. He is affiliated with Providence Tarzana Medical Center. Dr. Patel is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , robotic surgery

All Interests: Cancer, Robotic Surgery, Prostate Cancer

Dr. Ali R Namazie, MD
Specializes in Plastic Surgery, Otolaryngology
4955 Van Nuys Boulevard; #505
Sherman Oaks, CA
 

Dr. Ali Namazie works as a plastic surgeon and ear, nose and throat specialist in Sherman Oaks, CA. He has a 3.5 out of 5 star average patient rating. In Dr. Namazie's practice, he is particularly interested in sleep disorders, anti-aging, and allergies. He is in-network for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, in addition to other insurance carriers. He attended the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), David Geffen School of Medicine and subsequently trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) for residency. His distinctions include: Southern California Super Doctors and Southern California Super Doctors 2008. Dr. Namazie (or staff) is conversant in Spanish and Persian. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Providence Saint Joseph Medical Center and Providence Tarzana Medical Center. He has an open panel.

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Clinical Interests: Sleep Disorders, Allergies, Anti-Aging

2013 Procedure Details

  • Medicare Volume: 133
  • Uninsured Cost: $475 - $4,393
  • Medicare Cost: $213 - $3,127
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Specializes in General Obstetrics & Gynecology
5525 Etiwanda Avenue; Suite 216
Tarzana, CA
 

Dr. Kamran Torbati's specialty is general obstetrics & gynecology. Dr. Torbati is a graduate of Tel Aviv University, Sackler Faculty of Medicine and a graduate of Grace Hospital, Detroit's residency program. His areas of expertise consist of high risk pregnancy and robotic surgery. Patients gave him an average rating of 3.0 stars out of 5. He takes Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Torbati (or staff) speaks the following foreign languages: Hebrew and Persian. Dr. Torbati is professionally affiliated with Providence Tarzana Medical Center. New patients are welcome to contact Dr. Torbati's office for an appointment.

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Relevant Interests: , robotic surgery

All Interests: Infertility, High Risk Pregnancy, Endocrine Diseases, Robotic Surgery

Dr. Greg Shant Khounganian, MD
Specializes in Spine Surgery, Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery
5525 Etiwanda Avenue; Suite 311
Tarzana, CA
 

Dr. Greg Khounganian is a spine surgeon and orthopedic surgeon in Tarzana, CA. Dr. Khounganian (or staff) speaks the following foreign languages: Spanish and Armenian. Areas of particular interest for Dr. Khounganian include scoliosis, minimally invasive surgery, and spine surgery procedures. He is affiliated with Providence Tarzana Medical Center. He attended the University of Southern California (USC), Keck School of Medicine and then went on to complete his residency at a hospital affiliated with SUNY Downstate Medical Center. The average patient rating for Dr. Khounganian is 4.5 stars out of 5. Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Khounganian takes. New patients are welcome to contact his office for an appointment.

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Relevant Interests: , minimally invasive surgery

All Interests: Scoliosis, Minimally Invasive Surgery, Spine Surgery Procedures

Dr. Pablo M Lawner, MD
Specializes in Neurosurgery, Other
13320 Riverside Drive; Suite 208
Sherman Oaks, CA
 

Dr. Pablo Lawner is a physician who specializes in neurosurgery. He obtained his medical school training at Albany Medical College and performed his residency at Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. His average patient rating is 4.5 stars out of 5. Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Lawner honors. Dr. Lawner speaks Spanish. He is professionally affiliated with Providence Medical Institute and Providence Saint Joseph Medical Center. His practice is open to new patients.

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2013 Procedure Details

  • Medicare Volume: 20
  • Uninsured Cost: $7,450
  • Medicare Cost: $1,207
Dr. Marc M Kerner, MD
Specializes in Other, Otolaryngology
18350 Roscoe Boulevard; Suite 318
Northridge, CA
 

Dr. Marc Kerner sees patients in Northridge, CA and Westlake Village, CA. His medical specialty is otolaryngology (ear, nose, and throat). His areas of expertise consist of sleep disorders and anti-aging. Dr. Kerner is affiliated with Providence Tarzana Medical Center. He attended the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), David Geffen School of Medicine and the University of Southern California (USC), Keck School of Medicine and subsequently trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) for residency. Patient ratings for Dr. Kerner average 3.5 stars out of 5. He accepts several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Aetna. Dr. Kerner has received the distinction of Southern California Super Doctors 2008. Dr. Kerner welcomes new patients.

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Clinical Interests: Sleep Disorders, Anti-Aging

2013 Procedure Details

  • Medicare Volume: 14
  • Uninsured Cost: $700
  • Medicare Cost: $542
Dr. Giliel Stefan Kryger, MD
Specializes in Plastic Surgery, Hand Surgery
6815 Noble Avenue
Van Nuys, CA
 

Dr. Giliel Kryger practices plastic surgery and hand surgery in Van Nuys, CA and Thousand Oaks, CA. Patient ratings for Dr. Kryger average 4.5 stars out of 5. His clinical interests include thigh lift, general reconstruction, and tummy tuck (abdominoplasty). He is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Assurant Health, and Aetna. Dr. Kryger graduated from the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF), School of Medicine. He trained at Stanford University Medical Center for residency. He is conversant in Hebrew.

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Relevant Interests: , endoscopic surgery

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

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Specializes in General Surgery, Critical Care
18411 Clark Street; Suite 305
Tarzana, CA
 

Dr. Allen Hoffman's specialties are general surgery and critical care (intensive care medicine). He practices in Tarzana, CA. In Dr. Hoffman's practice, he is particularly interested in acid reflux (GERD). His average rating from his patients is 3.5 stars out of 5. He is in-network for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, as well as other insurance carriers. Before completing his residency at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC), Dr. Hoffman attended medical school at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine. He is affiliated with Providence Tarzana Medical Center. Dr. Hoffman welcomes new patients.

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Clinical Interests: Acid Reflux

2013 Procedure Details

  • Medicare Volume: 23
  • Uninsured Cost: $1,892
  • Medicare Cost: $685
Dr. Raj S Ahluwalia, MD
Specializes in Other, Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery
15211 Vanowen Street; Suite 207
Van Nuys, CA
 

Dr. Raj Ahluwalia is a specialist in orthopedics/orthopedic surgery. He works in Van Nuys, CA and Panorama City, CA. He has received a 2.5 out of 5 star rating by his patients. Areas of expertise for Dr. Ahluwalia include minimally invasive surgery, sports health, and arthritis. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Providence Holy Cross Medical Center and Providence Tarzana Medical Center. He is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry. Dr. Ahluwalia is open to new patients. After attending Temple University School of Medicine, he completed his residency training at Harvard Orthopaedic Combined Residency Program. Dr. Ahluwalia (or staff) is conversant in Spanish, Hindi, and Punjabi.

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Relevant Interests: , minimally invasive surgery

All Interests: Sports Health, Minimally Invasive Surgery, Arthritis

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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.