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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 specialties are cardiac surgery and thoracic surgery. He attended UMDNJ-New Jersey Medical School and then went on to complete his residency at Naval Medical Center San Diego. In Dr. Koumjian's practice, he is particularly interested in thoracotomy (incision between the ribs), lung cancer, and heart bypass surgery (CABG). He is an in-network provider for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Medi-Cal, as well as other insurance carriers. He is affiliated with Scripps Mercy Hospital, Sharp HealthCare, and Scripps Memorial Hospital Encinitas. He is open to 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 is a physician who specializes in general surgery and bariatric surgery. Dr. Fuller has a special interest in laparoscopic surgery, robotic surgery, and weight loss surgery (bariatric surgery). He honors Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield, in addition to other insurance carriers. He graduated from the University of Maryland School of Medicine and then he performed his residency at Georgetown University Medical Center. He is conversant in Spanish. He is affiliated with Scripps Memorial Hospital La Jolla, Scripps Mercy Hospital, and Scripps Clinic Torrey Pines. New patients are welcome to contact Dr. Fuller's office for an appointment.

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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 areas of specialization are general surgery and bariatric surgery; she sees patients in San Diego, CA. Areas of particular interest for Dr. Ellner include laparoscopic sleeve gastrectomy, laparoscopic gastric bypass surgery, and laparoscopic gastric banding. She is affiliated with Scripps Memorial Hospital La Jolla and Sharp HealthCare. Dr. Ellner is a graduate of Tufts University School of Medicine and a graduate of the University of Iowa Hospitals & Clinics' residency program. She takes several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry. Her practice is open to 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 sees patients in La Mesa, CA. Her medical specialty is plastic surgery. Dr. Kaweski is conversant in Hebrew. Areas of expertise for Dr. Kaweski include cancer surgery, cryotherapy, and dermabrasion. She is affiliated with Sharp HealthCare. Before performing her residency at Naval Medical Center San Diego and Penn State Hershey Medical Center, Dr. Kaweski attended Penn State College of Medicine for medical school. Dr. Kaweski's patients gave her an average rating of 5.0 out of 5 stars. She honors several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry. She has received professional recognition including the following: San Diego Super Doctors. She is open to new patients.

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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's specialty is facial plastic surgery. Dr. Jaibaji obtained his medical school training at Al-Mustansiriya College of Medicine and The University of Mustansiriyah College of Medicine and performed his residency at St. Joseph Mercy Oakland. His areas of expertise include the following: eyelid surgery, cancer surgery, and dermabrasion. He is rated highly by his patients. Dr. Jaibaji is in-network for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, in addition to other insurance carriers. He is conversant in Arabic. He is affiliated with Scripps Mercy Hospital and Sharp HealthCare. He has an open panel.

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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 an orthopedics/orthopedic surgery and sports medicine specialist in La Mesa, CA and San Diego, CA. He is conversant in Spanish. Areas of expertise for Dr. Hacker include arthroscopic surgery, bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery, and sports health. He is affiliated with Sharp HealthCare. Before performing his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Washington, Dr. Hacker attended the University of California, Irvine, School of Medicine. Patient ratings for Dr. Hacker average 4.5 stars out of 5. He accepts Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, as well as other insurance carriers. He has received the distinction of San Diego Super Doctors. Dr. Hacker is open to 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 spine surgeon and orthopedist. These areas are among his clinical interests: laminectomy, post-polio syndrome (PPS), and arthroscopic surgery. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Scripps Mercy Hospital, Alvarado Hospital Medical Center, and Sharp HealthCare. Dr. Finkenberg accepts Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Finkenberg is accepting new patients. Before performing his residency at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center, Dr. Finkenberg attended the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), David Geffen School of Medicine.

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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 practices general surgery. His areas of expertise include the following: cancer surgery, gallbladder removal surgery (cholecystectomy), and biopsy. Dr. Orr is affiliated with Sharp HealthCare. After completing medical school at the University of Colorado Denver School of Medicine, he performed his residency at Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital. He is an in-network provider for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Medi-Cal, in addition to other insurance carriers. New patients are welcome to contact Dr. Orr's office for an appointment.

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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 specializes in otolaryngology (ear, nose, and throat) and practices in La Mesa, CA. Dr. Moles is conversant in Spanish. These areas are among his clinical interests: bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery, salivary gland surgery, and sleep apnea. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Scripps Mercy Hospital and Sharp HealthCare. Dr. Moles is a graduate of Temple University School of Medicine. He trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey (UMDNJ) for his residency. He accepts Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, in addition to other insurance carriers. 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 specializes in orthopedics/orthopedic surgery. He has indicated that his clinical interests include tendon repair, rotator cuff repair, and shoulder replacement. On average, patients gave him a rating of 3.0 stars out of 5. Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Dubois accepts. Dr. Dubois attended the University of Southern California (USC), Keck School of Medicine and subsequently trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of Washington for residency. He is conversant in Spanish. His professional affiliations include Scripps Mercy Hospital and Sharp HealthCare. He has an open panel.

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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. David James Burnikel, MD
Specializes in Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery
8860 Center Drive; 350
La Mesa, CA
 

Dr. David Burnikel is a specialist in orthopedics/orthopedic surgery. His clinical interests include knee replacement, arthroscopic surgery, and hip surgery. He is affiliated with Scripps Mercy Hospital and Sharp HealthCare. Dr. Burnikel attended medical school at Temple University School of Medicine. He trained at Ochsner Medical Center for residency. He accepts Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and more. Dr. Burnikel welcomes 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. Brooke Laura Ballard, MD
Specializes in Hand Surgery, Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery
8860 Center Drive; Suite 350
La Mesa, CA
 

Dr. Brooke Ballard is a physician who specializes in hand surgery and orthopedics/orthopedic surgery. Dr. Ballard's areas of expertise include the following: arthroscopic surgery, bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery, and knee ligament injuries. Her patients gave her an average rating of 5.0 out of 5 stars. She honors Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, in addition to other insurance carriers. She obtained her medical school training at the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Chicago and performed her residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, San Diego (UCSD). In addition to English, Dr. Ballard speaks Spanish. She is affiliated with Sharp HealthCare. Dr. Ballard is accepting 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 works as an orthopedic surgeon. Dr. Hanson's areas of expertise include arthroscopic surgery, sports health, and carpal tunnel syndrome. His average patient rating is 4.0 stars out of 5. He takes Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and more. Before completing his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, Davis, Dr. Hanson attended medical school at the University of California, Irvine, School of Medicine. Dr. Hanson has received the distinction of San Diego Super Doctors. He is affiliated with Sharp HealthCare. Dr. Hanson's practice is open to 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 medical specialty is anesthesiology and interventional pain medicine. Dr. Verdolin (or staff) speaks the following languages: Spanish and Italian. Clinical interests for Dr. Verdolin include trigger point injections, sacroiliac (SI) joint injection, and epidural steroid injection. His professional affiliations include Scripps Mercy Hospital and Sharp HealthCare. He attended the University of Miami, Miller School of Medicine and subsequently trained at National Naval Medical Center for residency. Dr. Verdolin is rated highly by his patients. He accepts Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Verdolin's practice is open to new patients.

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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 neurosurgery specialist in San Diego, CA, La Mesa, CA, and El Centro, CA. His average rating from his patients is 4.0 stars out of 5. His areas of expertise include laminectomy, neurosurgery, and biopsy. Dr. Soumekh is in-network for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, as well as other insurance carriers. He attended Tehran University of Medical Sciences and then went on to complete his residency at Hospital of Saint Raphael and a hospital affiliated with Wayne State University. In addition to English, he speaks Persian. Dr. Soumekh's hospital/clinic affiliations include Scripps Memorial Hospital La Jolla, Scripps Mercy Hospital, and Sharp HealthCare. New patients are welcome to contact Dr. Soumekh's 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. Jonathan J Myer, MD
Specializes in Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery, Sports Medicine
6719 Alvarado Road; Suite 200
San Diego, CA
 

Dr. Jonathan Myer's medical specialty is orthopedics/orthopedic surgery and sports medicine. Dr. Myer's clinical interests include arthroscopic surgery, knee surgery, and hip surgery. He is affiliated with Scripps Memorial Hospital La Jolla and Sharp HealthCare. He accepts several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry. New patients are welcome to contact his office for an appointment. He attended medical school at MCP Hahnemann School of Medicine. For his residency, Dr. Myer trained at Albert Einstein Medical Center, Philadelphia and Montefiore Medical Center.

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Relevant Interests: , arthroscopic surgery

All Interests: Sports Health, Knee Ligament Injuries, ACL Injury, Hip Problems, Knee Pain, Bursitis, Tendon ... (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.