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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's medical specialty is cardiac surgery and thoracic surgery. Dr. Koumjian's clinical interests include thoracotomy (incision between the ribs), lung cancer, and heart bypass surgery (CABG). He is affiliated with Scripps Mercy Hospital, Sharp HealthCare, and Scripps Memorial Hospital Encinitas. He is in-network for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Medi-Cal, in addition to other insurance carriers. New patients are welcome to contact Dr. Koumjian's office for an appointment. He attended UMDNJ-New Jersey Medical School and then went on to complete his residency at Naval Medical Center San Diego.

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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's specialties are general surgery and bariatric surgery. After completing medical school at the University of Maryland School of Medicine, he performed his residency at Georgetown University Medical Center. His areas of expertise include the following: laparoscopic surgery, robotic surgery, and weight loss surgery (bariatric surgery). Dr. Fuller honors several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield. Dr. Fuller speaks Spanish. He is affiliated with Scripps Memorial Hospital La Jolla, Scripps Mercy Hospital, and Scripps Clinic Torrey Pines. He is open to new patients.

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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's specialties are general surgery and bariatric surgery. She practices in San Diego, CA. Areas of expertise for Dr. Ellner include laparoscopic sleeve gastrectomy, laparoscopic gastric bypass surgery, and laparoscopic gastric banding. Dr. Ellner is in-network for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, in addition to other insurance carriers. She attended medical school at Tufts University School of Medicine. Dr. Ellner trained at the University of Iowa Hospitals & Clinics for her residency. Her hospital/clinic affiliations include Scripps Memorial Hospital La Jolla and Sharp HealthCare. She is accepting new patients.

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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 specialist in plastic surgery. Dr. Kaweski has received a 5.0 out of 5 star rating by her patients. Areas of expertise for Dr. Kaweski include cancer surgery, cryotherapy, and dermabrasion. She is professionally affiliated with Sharp HealthCare. She takes Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Kaweski's practice is open to new patients. Her education and training includes medical school at Penn State College of Medicine and residency at Naval Medical Center San Diego and Penn State Hershey Medical Center. Dr. Kaweski has received the distinction of 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 specialist in facial plastic surgery. His average rating from his patients is 5.0 stars out of 5. These areas are among his clinical interests: eyelid surgery, cancer surgery, and dermabrasion. Dr. Jaibaji is affiliated with Scripps Mercy Hospital and Sharp HealthCare. He is an in-network provider for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and more. He is open to new patients. Dr. Jaibaji is a graduate of Al-Mustansiriya College of Medicine and The University of Mustansiriyah College of Medicine. For his professional training, Dr. Jaibaji completed a residency program at St. Joseph Mercy Oakland. Dr. Jaibaji is conversant in Arabic.

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Relevant Interests: , endoscopic surgery

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

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 physician who specializes in orthopedics/orthopedic surgery and sports medicine. His average patient rating is 4.5 stars out of 5. His areas of expertise include arthroscopic surgery, bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery, and sports health. Dr. Hacker is professionally affiliated with Sharp HealthCare. Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Hacker takes. He welcomes new patients. Before completing his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Washington, Dr. Hacker attended medical school at the University of California, Irvine, School of Medicine. He has received professional recognition including the following: San Diego Super Doctors. In addition to English, Dr. Hacker speaks Spanish.

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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 spine surgeon and orthopedist in San Diego, CA and La Mesa, CA. He graduated from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), David Geffen School of Medicine and then he performed his residency at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center. His areas of expertise include the following: laminectomy, post-polio syndrome (PPS), and arthroscopic surgery. Dr. Finkenberg takes Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and more. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Scripps Mercy Hospital, Alvarado Hospital Medical Center, and Sharp HealthCare. His practice is open to 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. Eric Eric Orr, MD
Specializes in General Surgery
5565 Grossmont Center Drive; Suite 1-221
La Mesa, CA
 

Dr. C. Orr works as a general surgeon in La Mesa, CA. He attended medical school at the University of Colorado Denver School of Medicine. Dr. Orr trained at Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital for residency. His areas of expertise include the following: cancer surgery, gallbladder removal surgery (cholecystectomy), and biopsy. Dr. Orr is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Medi-Cal. He is affiliated with Sharp HealthCare. He 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 Cysts, Hernia Surgery, Biopsy, ... (Read more)

2013 Procedure Details

  • Medicare Volume: 14
  • Uninsured Cost: $2,380
  • Medicare Cost: $709
Dr. Jeremiah Justin Moles, MD
Specializes in Otolaryngology
5565 Grossmont Ctr Drive; Bldg3 Suite 101
La Mesa, CA
 

Dr. Jeremiah Moles' specialty is otolaryngology (ear, nose, and throat). Areas of expertise for Dr. Moles include bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery, salivary gland surgery, and sleep apnea. He accepts several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry. Dr. Moles graduated from Temple University School of Medicine and then he performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey (UMDNJ). He speaks Spanish. Dr. Moles is professionally affiliated with Scripps Mercy Hospital and Sharp HealthCare. New patients are welcome to contact his office for an appointment.

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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 an orthopedic surgeon. His average rating from his patients is 3.0 stars out of 5. Areas of particular interest for Dr. Dubois include tendon repair, rotator cuff repair, and shoulder replacement. Dr. Dubois's professional affiliations include Scripps Mercy Hospital and Sharp HealthCare. Dr. Dubois accepts Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and more. New patients are welcome to contact his office for an appointment. He studied medicine at the University of Southern California (USC), Keck School of Medicine. His training includes a residency program at a hospital affiliated with the University of Washington. Dr. Dubois is conversant in Spanish.

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

Dr. Brooke Ballard works as a hand surgeon and orthopedist in Coronado, CA, San Diego, CA, and La Mesa, CA. She speaks Spanish. Areas of expertise for Dr. Ballard include arthroscopic surgery, bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery, and knee ligament injuries. Dr. Ballard is professionally affiliated with Sharp HealthCare. She graduated from the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Chicago and then she performed her residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, San Diego (UCSD). Patients gave her an average rating of 5.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Ballard is an in-network provider for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, as well as other insurance carriers. She welcomes new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , arthroscopic surgery

All Interests: Sports Health, Fractures, Arthroscopic Surgery, Occupational Therapy Treatment, Physical Therapy ... (Read more)

Dr. Peter Bagley Hanson, MD
Specializes in Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery
5565 Grossmont Center Drive; Suite 3-256
La Mesa, CA
 

Dr. Peter Hanson's area of specialization is orthopedics/orthopedic surgery. Clinical interests for Dr. Hanson include arthroscopic surgery, sports health, and carpal tunnel syndrome. Dr. Hanson's patients gave him an average rating of 4.0 out of 5 stars. He is in-network for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, as well as other insurance carriers. After attending the University of California, Irvine, School of Medicine, he completed his residency training at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, Davis. He has received the distinction of San Diego Super Doctors. Dr. Hanson is affiliated with Sharp HealthCare. He is accepting new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , arthroscopic surgery, MAKOplasty

All Interests: Sports Health, ACL Injury, Knee Pain, Sacroiliac Joint Injection, Partial Knee Replacement, ... (Read more)

2013 Procedure Details

  • Medicare Volume: 25
  • Uninsured Cost: $2,230
  • Medicare Cost: $522
Dr. Michael Henry Verdolin, MD
Specializes in Anesthesiology, Interventional Pain Medicine
7051 Alvarado Road; Suite 101
La Mesa, CA
 

Dr. Michael Verdolin's areas of specialization are anesthesiology and interventional pain medicine; he sees patients in La Mesa, CA, Chula Vista, CA, and National City, CA. Patients gave him an average rating of 4.0 stars out of 5. These areas are among his clinical interests: trigger point injections, sacroiliac (SI) joint injection, and epidural steroid injection. Dr. Verdolin's hospital/clinic affiliations include Scripps Mercy Hospital and Sharp HealthCare. Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Verdolin takes. Dr. Verdolin is accepting new patients. He attended the University of Miami, Miller School of Medicine and subsequently trained at National Naval Medical Center for residency. 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. Massoud Hertzel Soumekh, MD
Specializes in Neurosurgery
5525 Grossmont Center Drive; Suite 609
La Mesa, CA
 

Dr. Massoud Soumekh is a physician who specializes in neurosurgery. He graduated from Tehran University of Medical Sciences and then he performed his residency at Hospital of Saint Raphael and a hospital affiliated with Wayne State University. Clinical interests for Dr. Soumekh include laminectomy, neurosurgery, and biopsy. Dr. Soumekh is rated 4.0 stars out of 5 by his patients. He is an in-network provider for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Soumekh is conversant in Persian. His professional affiliations include Scripps Memorial Hospital La Jolla, Scripps Mercy Hospital, and Sharp HealthCare. New patients are welcome to contact his office for an appointment.

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Relevant Interests: , minimally invasive spine surgery

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

2013 Procedure Details

  • Medicare Volume: 29
  • Uninsured Cost: $4,050
  • Medicare Cost: $646
Dr. David James Burnikel, MD
Specializes in Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery
8860 Center Drive; 350
La Mesa, CA
 

Dr. David Burnikel is a medical specialist in orthopedics/orthopedic surgery. After completing medical school at Temple University School of Medicine, he performed his residency at Ochsner Medical Center. His areas of expertise include knee replacement, arthroscopic surgery, and hip surgery. Dr. Burnikel accepts Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, in addition to other insurance carriers. He is affiliated with Scripps Mercy Hospital and Sharp HealthCare. Dr. Burnikel is open to new patients.

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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. Thomas Francis Moyad, MPH, MD
Specializes in Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery
5565 Grossmont Ctr Drive; #3-156
La Mesa, CA
 

Dr. Thomas Moyad works as an orthopedist. Dr. Moyad attended medical school at Wayne State University School of Medicine. His training includes a residency program at a hospital affiliated with the University of Michigan. His clinical interests include bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery, orthotics, and sports health. His patients gave him an average rating of 5.0 out of 5 stars. He takes several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry. Dr. Moyad is affiliated with VA San Diego Healthcare System (VASDHS), Scripps Memorial Hospital La Jolla, and Sharp HealthCare. He welcomes 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)

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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.