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We found 69 providers matching minimally invasive surgery and who accept Blue Shield of California PPO near La Mesa, CA.

Dr. Michael Peter Koumjian, MD
Specializes in Cardiac Surgery, Thoracic Surgery
5525 Grossmont Center Drive; Suite 609
La Mesa, CA
 

Dr. Michael Koumjian sees patients in La Mesa, CA. His medical specialties are cardiac surgery and thoracic surgery. He is a graduate of UMDNJ-New Jersey Medical School. For his professional training, Dr. Koumjian completed a residency program at Naval Medical Center San Diego. These areas are among his clinical interests: thoracotomy (incision between the ribs), lung cancer, and heart bypass surgery (CABG). He accepts Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Medi-Cal, and more. Dr. Koumjian is professionally affiliated with Scripps Mercy Hospital, Sharp HealthCare, and Scripps Memorial Hospital Encinitas. He is accepting new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , robotic surgery

All Interests: Heart Bypass Surgery, Lung Resection, Heart Problems, Pacemaker Implantation, Endovascular Disease, ... (Read more)

Dr. William D Fuller, MD
Specializes in General Surgery, Bariatric Surgery
10862 Calle Verde
La Mesa, CA
 

Dr. William Fuller works as a general surgeon and bariatric surgeon. In his practice, he is particularly interested in laparoscopic surgery, robotic surgery, and weight loss surgery (bariatric surgery). He accepts Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Fuller's education and training includes medical school at the University of Maryland School of Medicine and residency at Georgetown University Medical Center. Dr. Fuller is conversant in Spanish. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Scripps Memorial Hospital La Jolla, Scripps Mercy Hospital, and Scripps Clinic Torrey Pines. He has an open panel.

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Relevant Interests: , laparoscopic surgery, robotic surgery

All Interests: Laparoscopic Surgery, Weight Loss Surgery, Robotic Surgery

Dr. Julie A Ellner, MD
Specializes in General Surgery, Bariatric Surgery
5555 Reservoir Drive; Suite 203
San Diego, CA
 

Dr. Julie Ellner is a specialist in general surgery and bariatric surgery. Dr. Ellner's areas of expertise include the following: laparoscopic sleeve gastrectomy, laparoscopic gastric bypass surgery, and laparoscopic gastric banding. Her professional affiliations include Scripps Memorial Hospital La Jolla and Sharp HealthCare. She is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry. Dr. Ellner is open to new patients. She studied medicine at Tufts University School of Medicine. Her residency was performed at the University of Iowa Hospitals & Clinics.

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Relevant Interests: , laparoscopic sleeve gastrectomy, laparoscopic gastric bypass surgery, laparoscopic gastric banding

All Interests: Abdominal Surgery, Laparoscopic Gastric Banding, Weight Loss Surgery, Laparoscopic Sleeve ... (Read more)

Dr. Susan Kaweski, MD
Specializes in Plastic Surgery, Other
8415 Grant Avenue
La Mesa, CA
 

Dr. Susan Kaweski is a plastic surgery specialist. Patients gave her an average rating of 5.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Kaweski's clinical interests include cancer surgery, cryotherapy, and dermabrasion. She is affiliated with Sharp HealthCare. Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Kaweski honors. Dr. Kaweski is open to new patients. After attending Penn State College of Medicine for medical school, she completed her residency training at Naval Medical Center San Diego and Penn State Hershey Medical Center. She has received the following distinction: San Diego Super Doctors. She speaks Hebrew.

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Relevant Interests: , endoscopic surgery

All Interests: Cryosurgery, Dermabrasion, Breast Augmentation, Down Syndrome, Endoscopic Surgery, Sclerotherapy, ... (Read more)

Dr. Moneer M Jaibaji, MD
Specializes in Facial Plastic Surgery
8851 Center Drive; Suite 305
La Mesa, CA
 

Dr. Moneer Jaibaji is a medical specialist in facial plastic surgery. Dr. Jaibaji's areas of expertise include eyelid surgery, cancer surgery, and dermabrasion. Patients gave him an average rating of 5.0 stars out of 5. He honors Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, as well as other insurance carriers. He studied medicine at Al-Mustansiriya College of Medicine and The University of Mustansiriyah College of Medicine. Dr. Jaibaji trained at St. Joseph Mercy Oakland for his residency. In addition to English, he speaks Arabic. His professional affiliations include Scripps Mercy Hospital and Sharp HealthCare. He welcomes new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , endoscopic surgery

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

Dr. Eric Eric Orr, MD
Specializes in General Surgery
5565 Grossmont Center Drive; Suite 1-221
La Mesa, CA
 

Dr. C. Orr practices general surgery in La Mesa, CA. His clinical interests include cancer surgery, gallbladder removal surgery (cholecystectomy), and biopsy. He takes Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Medi-Cal, and more. Dr. Orr is a graduate of the University of Colorado Denver School of Medicine and a graduate of Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital's residency program. He is affiliated with Sharp HealthCare. His practice is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , laparoscopic colectomy, laparoscopic surgery, robotic surgery

All Interests: Cancer Surgery, Breast Issues, Laparoscopic Colectomy, Pilonidal Cyst, Hernia Surgery, Biopsy, ... (Read more)

2013 Procedure Details

  • Medicare Volume: 14
  • Uninsured Cost: $2,380
  • Medicare Cost: $709
Dr. Scott Alan Hacker, MD
Specializes in Other, Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery, Sports Medicine
5565 Grossmont Center Drive; Suite 3-256
La Mesa, CA
 

Dr. Scott Hacker is a specialist in orthopedics/orthopedic surgery and sports medicine. He works in La Mesa, CA and San Diego, CA. He graduated from the University of California, Irvine, School of Medicine. Dr. Hacker's medical residency was performed at a hospital affiliated with the University of Washington. His clinical interests include arthroscopic surgery, bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery, and sports health. Patient ratings for Dr. Hacker average 4.5 stars out of 5. Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Hacker accepts. He has received the following distinction: San Diego Super Doctors. He is conversant in Spanish. He is professionally affiliated with Sharp HealthCare. Dr. Hacker welcomes new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , arthroscopic surgery, MAKOplasty

All Interests: Sports Health, ACL Injury, Knee Pain, Bursitis, Partial Knee Replacement, MAKOplasty, Fractures, ... (Read more)

Dr. John Glenn Finkenberg, MD
Specializes in Spine Surgery, Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery
8860 Center Drive; #350
La Mesa, CA
 

Dr. John Finkenberg is a medical specialist in spine surgery and orthopedics/orthopedic surgery. These areas are among his clinical interests: laminectomy, post-polio syndrome (PPS), and arthroscopic surgery. Dr. Finkenberg takes several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry. Before performing his residency at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center, Dr. Finkenberg attended the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), David Geffen School of Medicine. His professional affiliations include Scripps Mercy Hospital, Alvarado Hospital Medical Center, and Sharp HealthCare. Dr. Finkenberg welcomes new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , vertebroplasty, arthroscopic surgery, kyphoplasty (vertebral augmentation)

All Interests: Post-Polio Syndrome, Kyphoplasty, Sports Health, Knee Pain, Sacroiliac Joint Injection, Bursitis, ... (Read more)

2013 Procedure Details

  • Medicare Volume: 25
  • Uninsured Cost: $1,625
  • Medicare Cost: $453 - $543
Dr. Massoud Hertzel Soumekh, MD
Specializes in Neurosurgery
5525 Grossmont Center Drive; Suite 609
La Mesa, CA
 

Dr. Massoud Soumekh, who practices in San Diego, CA, La Mesa, CA, and El Centro, CA, is a medical specialist in neurosurgery. He has a 4.0 out of 5 star average patient rating. Dr. Soumekh's areas of expertise include laminectomy, neurosurgery, and biopsy. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Scripps Memorial Hospital La Jolla, Scripps Mercy Hospital, and Sharp HealthCare. Dr. Soumekh accepts several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry. He is accepting new patients. After completing medical school at Tehran University of Medical Sciences, he performed his residency at Hospital of Saint Raphael and a hospital affiliated with Wayne State University. Dr. Soumekh speaks Persian.

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Relevant Interests: , minimally invasive spine surgery

All Interests: Spinal Fusion, Biopsy, Back Problems, Laminectomy, Surgical Repair, Nerve Problems, Neurosurgery, ... (Read more)

2013 Procedure Details

  • Medicare Volume: 29
  • Uninsured Cost: $4,050
  • Medicare Cost: $646
Dr. Jeremiah Justin Moles, MD
Specializes in Otolaryngology
5565 Grossmont Ctr Drive; Bldg3 Suite 101
La Mesa, CA
 

Dr. Jeremiah Moles is an otolaryngology (ear, nose, and throat) specialist. Areas of expertise for Dr. Moles include bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery, salivary gland surgery, and sleep apnea. Dr. Moles takes Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and more. He attended Temple University School of Medicine and subsequently trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey (UMDNJ) for residency. Dr. Moles speaks Spanish. He is affiliated with Scripps Mercy Hospital and Sharp HealthCare. He welcomes new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , endoscopic sinus surgery, sinuplasty

All Interests: Bloodless Medicine/Transfusion-Free Surgery, Thyroid Cancer, Thyroid Surgery, Sleep Disorders, ... (Read more)

Dr. Benjamin Dubois, MD
Specializes in Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery
5565 Grossmont Center Drive; Building 3 Suite 256
La Mesa, CA
 

Dr. Ben Dubois is a medical specialist in orthopedics/orthopedic surgery. He has a 3.0 out of 5 star average patient rating. These areas are among Dr. Dubois's clinical interests: tendon repair, rotator cuff repair, and shoulder replacement. He is in-network for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, as well as other insurance carriers. After completing medical school at the University of Southern California (USC), Keck School of Medicine, Dr. Dubois performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Washington. He speaks Spanish. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Scripps Mercy Hospital and Sharp HealthCare. Dr. Dubois is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , arthroscopic surgery, shoulder arthroscopy

All Interests: Sports Health, Shoulder Arthroplasty, Osteoporosis, Tendon Repair, Wrist Problems, Elbow Problems, ... (Read more)

2013 Procedure Details

  • Medicare Volume: 77
  • Uninsured Cost: $2,150 - $3,632
  • Medicare Cost: $175 - $1,090
Dr. Thomas Francis Moyad, MPH, MD
Specializes in Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery
5565 Grossmont Ctr Drive; #3-156
La Mesa, CA
 

Dr. Thomas Moyad sees patients in La Mesa, CA and San Diego, CA. His medical specialty is orthopedics/orthopedic surgery. Areas of expertise for Dr. Moyad include bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery, orthotics, and sports health. Dr. Moyad's hospital/clinic affiliations include VA San Diego Healthcare System (VASDHS), Scripps Memorial Hospital La Jolla, and Sharp HealthCare. He graduated from Wayne State University School of Medicine. For his residency, Dr. Moyad trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of Michigan. On average, patients gave him a rating of 5.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Moyad takes Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, as well as other insurance carriers. He is accepting new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , arthroscopic surgery, hip arthroscopy

All Interests: Bloodless Medicine/Transfusion-Free Surgery, Orthotics, Sports Health, Knee Ligament Injuries, ACL ... (Read more)

Dr. Michael Henry Verdolin, MD
Specializes in Anesthesiology, Interventional Pain Medicine
7051 Alvarado Road; Suite 101
La Mesa, CA
 

Dr. Michael Verdolin is an anesthesiology and interventional pain medicine specialist. He has received a 4.0 out of 5 star rating by his patients. Dr. Verdolin's areas of expertise include the following: trigger point injections, sacroiliac (SI) joint injection, and epidural steroid injection. He is affiliated with Scripps Mercy Hospital and Sharp HealthCare. He accepts Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and more. Dr. Verdolin is accepting new patients. He is a graduate of the University of Miami, Miller School of Medicine and a graduate of National Naval Medical Center's residency program. In addition to English, Dr. Verdolin (or staff) speaks Spanish and Italian.

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Clinical Interests: Sacroiliac Joint Injection, Facet Injection, Epidural Steroid Injection, Spinal Cord Stimulator, ... (Read more)

2013 Procedure Details

  • Medicare Volume: 31
  • Uninsured Cost: $3,000
  • Medicare Cost: $939
Dr. David James Burnikel, MD
Specializes in Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery
8860 Center Drive; 350
La Mesa, CA
 

Dr. David Burnikel is an orthopedic surgeon. His areas of expertise include knee replacement, arthroscopic surgery, and hip surgery. Dr. Burnikel honors Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, in addition to other insurance carriers. His education and training includes medical school at Temple University School of Medicine and residency at Ochsner Medical Center. Dr. Burnikel is professionally affiliated with Scripps Mercy Hospital and Sharp HealthCare. He has an open panel.

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Relevant Interests: , arthroscopic surgery

All Interests: Sports Health, Knee Ligament Injuries, ACL Injury, Knee Pain, Bursitis, Tendon Repair, Shoulder ... (Read more)

Dr. Brooke Laura Ballard, MD
Specializes in Hand Surgery, Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery
8860 Center Drive; Suite 350
La Mesa, CA
 

Dr. Brooke Ballard's areas of specialization are hand surgery and orthopedics/orthopedic surgery; she sees patients in Coronado, CA, San Diego, CA, and La Mesa, CA. Patients gave her an average rating of 5.0 stars out of 5. Her clinical interests include arthroscopic surgery, bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery, and knee ligament injuries. Dr. Ballard is professionally affiliated with Sharp HealthCare. She is an in-network provider for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and more. She has an open panel. Dr. Ballard attended the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Chicago for medical school and subsequently trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, San Diego (UCSD) for residency. She speaks Spanish.

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Relevant Interests: , arthroscopic surgery

All Interests: Bloodless Medicine/Transfusion-Free Surgery, Sports Health, Knee Ligament Injuries, Tendon Repair, ... (Read more)

Dr. Barry Stuart Handler, MD
Specializes in Plastic Surgery
6699 Alvarado Road; Suite 2305
San Diego, CA
 

Dr. Barry Handler specializes in plastic surgery and practices in San Diego, CA. He speaks Spanish. Clinical interests for Dr. Handler include eyelid surgery, thigh lift, and general reconstruction. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Scripps Memorial Hospital La Jolla, Scripps Mercy Hospital, and Sharp HealthCare. Dr. Handler attended St. Louis University School of Medicine and subsequently trained at a hospital affiliated with St. Louis University (SLU) for residency. The average patient rating for Dr. Handler is 4.0 stars out of 5. He honors several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Medi-Cal. New patients are welcome to contact his office for an appointment.

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Relevant Interests: , endoscopic surgery

All Interests: Dermabrasion, Breast Augmentation, Endoscopic Surgery, Injectable Fillers, Cosmetic Surgery, Breast ... (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.