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. These areas are among Dr. Koumjian's clinical interests: thoracotomy (incision between the ribs), lung cancer, and heart bypass surgery (CABG). Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Medi-Cal are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Koumjian honors. He attended UMDNJ-New Jersey Medical School and subsequently trained at Naval Medical Center San Diego for residency. His professional affiliations include Scripps Mercy Hospital, Sharp HealthCare, and Scripps Memorial Hospital Encinitas. He welcomes 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's areas of specialization are general surgery and bariatric surgery; he sees patients in Sacramento, CA, La Jolla, CA, and San Diego, CA. He speaks Spanish. Dr. Fuller's areas of expertise include laparoscopic surgery, robotic surgery, and weight loss surgery (bariatric surgery). His hospital/clinic affiliations include Scripps Memorial Hospital La Jolla, Scripps Mercy Hospital, and Scripps Clinic Torrey Pines. Before performing his residency at Georgetown University Medical Center, Dr. Fuller attended the University of Maryland School of Medicine. He honors Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield, as well as other insurance carriers. 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 specialties are general surgery and bariatric surgery. She has a special interest in 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. Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Ellner honors. She has an open panel.

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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. 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. His patients gave him an average rating of 5.0 out of 5 stars. Areas of expertise for Dr. Jaibaji include cancer surgery, breast reconstruction revision, and dermabrasion. Dr. Jaibaji's professional affiliations include Scripps Mercy Hospital and Sharp HealthCare. He honors Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Jaibaji is open to new patients. He graduated from Al-Mustansiriya College of Medicine and The University of Mustansiriyah College of Medicine and then he performed his residency at St. Joseph Mercy Oakland. He has received professional recognition including the following: RealSelf Top Doctor. In addition to English, Dr. Jaibaji speaks Arabic.

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Relevant Interests: , endoscopic surgery

All Interests: Breast Reconstruction Revision, Dermabrasion, Breast Augmentation, Labiaplasty, Eyelid Retraction ... (Read more)

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

Dr. Susan Kaweski is a plastic surgeon. Dr. Kaweski speaks Hebrew. Her areas of expertise include the following: dermabrasion, cryosurgery, and breast augmentation. She is professionally affiliated with Sharp HealthCare. She studied medicine at Penn State College of Medicine. Dr. Kaweski completed her residency training at Naval Medical Center San Diego and Penn State Hershey Medical Center. Her average rating from her patients is 5.0 stars out of 5. She accepts several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry. She has received professional recognition including the following: San Diego Super Doctors and RealSelf Top Doctor. Dr. Kaweski is accepting new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , endoscopic surgery

All Interests: Dermabrasion, Cryosurgery, Breast Augmentation, Eyelid Retraction Repair, Down Syndrome, Endoscopic ... (Read more)

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

Dr. C. Orr specializes in general surgery. Areas of expertise for Dr. Orr include cancer surgery, gallbladder removal surgery (cholecystectomy), and biopsy. He is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Medi-Cal. After attending the University of Colorado Denver School of Medicine, he completed his residency training at Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital. Dr. Orr 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)

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

Dr. Barry Handler is a physician who specializes in plastic surgery. Patient ratings for Dr. Handler average 4.0 stars out of 5. His areas of expertise include the following: eyelid surgery, dermabrasion, and mini tummy tuck. Dr. Handler's hospital/clinic affiliations include Scripps Memorial Hospital La Jolla, Scripps Mercy Hospital, and Sharp HealthCare. Dr. Handler honors several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Medi-Cal. He welcomes new patients. He graduated from St. Louis University School of Medicine. For his residency, Dr. Handler trained at a hospital affiliated with St. Louis University (SLU). He speaks Spanish.

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Relevant Interests: , endoscopic surgery

All Interests: Dermabrasion, Breast Augmentation, Labiaplasty, Endoscopic Surgery, Sclerotherapy, Chin 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 specializes in orthopedics/orthopedic surgery and sports medicine and practices in La Mesa, CA and San Diego, CA. After attending the University of California, Irvine, School of Medicine, he completed his residency training at a hospital affiliated with the University of Washington. Areas of expertise for Dr. Hacker include arthroscopic surgery, bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery, and sports health. The average patient rating for Dr. Hacker is 4.5 stars out of 5. He is in-network for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and more. Dr. Hacker has received the distinction of San Diego Super Doctors. He speaks Spanish. He is affiliated with Sharp HealthCare. He has an open panel.

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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 works as a spine surgeon and orthopedic surgeon in San Diego, CA and La Mesa, CA. His areas of expertise include the following: laminectomy, post-polio syndrome (PPS), and arthroscopic surgery. He is professionally affiliated with Scripps Mercy Hospital, Alvarado Hospital Medical Center, and Sharp HealthCare. Dr. Finkenberg graduated from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), David Geffen School of Medicine. For his residency, Dr. Finkenberg trained at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center. He honors Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and more. Dr. Finkenberg 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

Source: Medicare Provider Utilization and Payment Data

  • Volume: 25
  • Charge (avg.): $1,625
  • Negotiated Rate (avg.): $453 - $543
Dr. Massoud Hertzel Soumekh, MD
Specializes in Neurosurgery
5525 Grossmont Center Drive; Suite 609
La Mesa, CA
 

Dr. Massoud Soumekh specializes in neurosurgery and practices in San Diego, CA, La Mesa, CA, and El Centro, CA. He has received a 4.0 out of 5 star rating by his patients. 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. He takes Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, as well as other insurance carriers. His practice is open to new patients. Dr. Soumekh studied medicine at Tehran University of Medical Sciences. His residency was performed 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

Source: Medicare Provider Utilization and Payment Data

  • Volume: 29
  • Charge (avg.): $4,050
  • Negotiated Rate (avg.): $646
Dr. Jeremiah Justin Moles, MD
Specializes in Otolaryngology
5565 Grossmont Ctr Drive; Bldg3 Suite 101
La Mesa, CA
 

Dr. Jeremiah Moles works as an otolaryngologist in La Mesa, CA. His areas of expertise include bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery, salivary gland surgery, and sleep apnea. Dr. Moles is an in-network provider for 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 is conversant in Spanish. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Scripps Mercy Hospital and Sharp HealthCare. His practice is open to 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, who practices in La Mesa, CA, is a medical specialist in orthopedics/orthopedic surgery. He speaks Spanish. Areas of expertise for Dr. Dubois include tendon repair, rotator cuff repair, and orthopedic surgery. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Scripps Mercy Hospital and Sharp HealthCare. Dr. Dubois attended the University of Southern California (USC), Keck School of Medicine and then went on to complete his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Washington. His average patient rating is 3.5 stars out of 5. He accepts several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry. Dr. Dubois is accepting 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)

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 in La Mesa, CA and San Diego, CA. Areas of expertise for Dr. Moyad include bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery, orthotics, and sports health. His hospital/clinic affiliations include VA San Diego Healthcare System (VASDHS), Scripps Memorial Hospital La Jolla, and Sharp HealthCare. He obtained his medical school training at Wayne State University School of Medicine and performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Michigan. Patients gave him an average rating of 5.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Moyad takes Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, in addition to other insurance carriers. He has an open panel.

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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's areas of specialization are anesthesiology and interventional pain medicine; he sees patients in La Mesa, CA, Chula Vista, CA, and National City, CA. Patient reviews placed him at an average of 4.0 stars out of 5. Clinical interests for Dr. Verdolin include trigger point injections, sacroiliac (SI) joint injection, and epidural steroid injection. Dr. Verdolin 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 attended the University of Miami, Miller School of Medicine and then went on to complete his residency at National Naval Medical Center. 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

Source: Medicare Provider Utilization and Payment Data

  • Volume: 31
  • Charge (avg.): $3,000
  • Negotiated Rate (avg.): $939
Dr. David James Burnikel, MD
Specializes in Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery
8860 Center Drive; 350
La Mesa, CA
 

Dr. David Burnikel practices orthopedics/orthopedic surgery in San Diego, CA, La Mesa, CA, and Coronado, CA. Dr. Burnikel's areas of expertise include the following: knee replacement, arthroscopic surgery, and hip surgery. His professional affiliations include Scripps Mercy Hospital and Sharp HealthCare. He studied medicine at Temple University School of Medicine. Dr. Burnikel trained at Ochsner Medical Center for residency. Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Burnikel accepts. 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. Dr. Ballard's average rating from her patients is 5.0 stars out of 5. Clinical interests for Dr. Ballard include arthroscopic surgery, bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery, and knee ligament injuries. She honors several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry. Dr. Ballard attended medical school at the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Chicago. She trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, San Diego (UCSD) for her residency. She is conversant in Spanish. She is professionally affiliated with Sharp HealthCare. She is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , arthroscopic surgery

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