We found 71 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 specializes in cardiac surgery and thoracic surgery. Dr. Koumjian's areas of expertise include heart surgery. He is in-network for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Shield, and more. He is a graduate of UMDNJ-New Jersey Medical School and a graduate of Naval Medical Center San Diego's residency program. He is affiliated with Scripps Mercy Hospital and Scripps Memorial Hospital Encinitas. His practice 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 practices general surgery and bariatric surgery in Sacramento, CA, La Jolla, CA, and San Diego, CA. Areas of particular interest for Dr. Fuller include laparoscopic surgery, robotic surgery, and weight loss surgery (bariatric surgery). Dr. Fuller honors Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Shield, and more. Before performing his residency at Georgetown University Medical Center, Dr. Fuller attended the University of Maryland School of Medicine. He is conversant in Spanish. Dr. Fuller's professional affiliations include 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 is a physician who specializes in general surgery and bariatric surgery. She obtained her medical school training at Tufts University School of Medicine and performed her residency at the University of Iowa Hospitals & Clinics. She is especially interested in weight loss surgery (bariatric surgery). Dr. Ellner is in-network for Blue Shield, Health Net, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield insurance. She is professionally affiliated with Scripps Memorial Hospital La Jolla. 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. Scott Alan Hacker, MD
Specializes in Other, Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery, Sports Medicine
5565 Grossmont Center Drive; Building 3 Suite 256
La Mesa, CA
 

Dr. Scott Hacker sees patients in La Mesa, CA and San Diego, CA. His medical specialties are orthopedics/orthopedic surgery and sports medicine. He is rated 4.5 stars out of 5 by his patients. Dr. Hacker is professionally affiliated with Alvarado Hospital Medical Center. Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Hacker honors. New patients are welcome to contact Dr. Hacker's office for an appointment. He attended the University of California, Irvine, School of Medicine and subsequently trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of Washington for residency. He has received professional recognition including the following: San Diego Super Doctors. He speaks Spanish.

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Relevant Interests: , arthroscopic surgery, MAKOplasty

All Interests: Sports Health, ACL Injury, Knee Pain, Bursitis, Elbow Problems, Shoulder Problems, Partial Knee ... (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's areas of expertise include the following: dermabrasion, mini tummy tuck, and botox injection. Her patients gave her an average rating of 5.0 out of 5 stars. She takes Blue Shield, Health Net, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield, as well as other insurance carriers. She graduated from Penn State College of Medicine and then she performed her residency at Naval Medical Center San Diego and Penn State Hershey Medical Center. She has received professional recognition including the following: San Diego Super Doctors and RealSelf Top Doctor.

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Relevant Interests: , endoscopic surgery

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

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

Dr. Moneer Jaibaji's area of specialization is facial plastic surgery. He is a graduate of Al-Mustansiriya College of Medicine and The University of Mustansiriyah College of Medicine and a graduate of St. Joseph Mercy Oakland's residency program. Areas of expertise for Dr. Jaibaji include breast reconstruction revision, dermabrasion, and mini tummy tuck. His average patient rating is 5.0 stars out of 5. He takes Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Sharp Health Plan, and more. Dr. Jaibaji has received the distinction of RealSelf Top Doctor. He speaks Arabic. He is affiliated with Scripps Mercy Hospital. Dr. Jaibaji has an open panel.

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Relevant Interests: , endoscopic surgery

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

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

Dr. Peter Hanson sees patients in La Mesa, CA. His medical specialty is orthopedics/orthopedic surgery. Dr. Hanson obtained his medical school training at the University of California, Irvine, School of Medicine and performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, Davis. Patient ratings for Dr. Hanson average 4.0 stars out of 5. He is in-network for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Shield, and more. Dr. Hanson has received professional recognition including the following: San Diego Super Doctors. He is conversant in Spanish.

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Relevant Interests: , arthroscopic surgery, MAKOplasty

All Interests: Sports Health, ACL Injury, Knee Pain, Sacroiliac Joint Injection, Wrist Problems, Elbow Problems, ... (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 surgery and orthopedics/orthopedic surgery specialist. His areas of expertise include orthopedic surgery. Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Finkenberg honors. After attending the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), David Geffen School of Medicine, Dr. Finkenberg completed his residency training at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center. Dr. Finkenberg is affiliated with Scripps Mercy Hospital and Alvarado Hospital Medical Center. He has an open panel.

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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. Michael R Lenihan Jr., MD
Specializes in Other, Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery, Sports Medicine
4215 Spring Street; Suite 125
La Mesa, CA
 

Dr. Michael Lenihan is an orthopedics/orthopedic surgery and sports medicine specialist. After attending the University of Southern California (USC), Keck School of Medicine, he completed his residency training at Los Angeles County+USC Medical Center. His clinical interests encompass sports health and orthopedic surgery. Dr. Lenihan's patients gave him an average rating of 4.0 out of 5 stars. Dr. Lenihan is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield. He has received the distinction of San Diego Super Doctors. He speaks Spanish. Dr. Lenihan is affiliated with Scripps Memorial Hospital La Jolla and Scripps Mercy Hospital. He is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , arthroscopic surgery

All Interests: Pain, Bloodless Medicine/Transfusion-Free Surgery, Sports Health, Hip Problems, Wrist Problems, ... (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 hand surgery and orthopedics/orthopedic surgery specialist in San Diego, CA. Patient ratings for Dr. Ballard average 5.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Ballard takes Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield, as well as other insurance carriers. She studied medicine at the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Chicago. In addition to English, she speaks Spanish. Dr. Ballard's practice is open to 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. Barry Stuart Handler, MD
Specializes in Plastic Surgery
6699 Alvarado Road; Suite 2305
San Diego, CA
 

Dr. Barry Handler is a specialist in plastic surgery. In addition to English, he speaks Spanish. Areas of expertise for Dr. Handler include eyelid surgery, dermabrasion, and mini tummy tuck. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Scripps Memorial Hospital La Jolla and Scripps Mercy Hospital. After attending St. Louis University School of Medicine, he completed his residency training at a hospital affiliated with St. Louis University (SLU). Patients rated him highly, giving him an average of 4.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Handler is an in-network provider for Blue Shield, Health Net, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and more. New patients are welcome to contact his office for an appointment.

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Relevant Interests: , endoscopic surgery

All Interests: Dermabrasion, Breast Augmentation, Labiaplasty, Endoscopic Surgery, Sclerotherapy, Chin Implants, ... (Read more)

Dr. Jonathan J Myer, MD
Specializes in Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery, Sports Medicine
6719 Alvarado Road; Suite 200
San Diego, CA
 

Dr. Jonathan Myer, who practices in San Diego, CA, is a medical specialist in orthopedics/orthopedic surgery and sports medicine. His clinical interests include knee problems, arthroscopic surgery, and replacement arthroplasty (joint replacement). Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Myer honors. He attended MCP Hahnemann School of Medicine and then went on to complete his residency at Montefiore Medical Center. Dr. Myer is affiliated with Scripps Memorial Hospital La Jolla. He is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , arthroscopic surgery

All Interests: Sports Health, ACL Injury, Knee Pain, Bursitis, Shoulder Problems, Fractures, Knee Problems, ... (Read more)

Dr. Jeremiah Justin Moles, MD
Specializes in Otolaryngology
5565 Grossmont Ctr Drive; Bldg3 Suite 101
La Mesa, CA
 

Dr. Jeremiah Moles is a medical specialist in otolaryngology (ear, nose, and throat). Before completing his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey (UMDNJ), Dr. Moles attended medical school at Temple University School of Medicine. Dr. Moles honors Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Sharp Health Plan, as well as other insurance carriers. He speaks Spanish. Dr. Moles is affiliated with Scripps Mercy Hospital. 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. Eric Eric Orr, MD
Specializes in General Surgery
5565 Grossmont Center Drive; Suite 1-221
La Mesa, CA
 

Dr. Carl Orr is a specialist in general surgery. He works in La Mesa, CA. Dr. Orr is an in-network provider for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Sharp Health Plan, and more. He studied medicine at the University of Colorado Denver School of Medicine.

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

Dr. Ben Dubois sees patients in La Mesa, CA. His medical specialty is orthopedics/orthopedic surgery. His clinical interests include orthopedic surgery. Dr. Dubois's patients gave him an average rating of 3.5 out of 5 stars. He is an in-network provider for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield, as well as other insurance carriers. His education and training includes medical school at the University of Southern California (USC), Keck School of Medicine and residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Washington. He speaks Spanish. Dr. Dubois is affiliated with Scripps Mercy Hospital. He 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)

Specializes in Other, Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery, Sports Medicine
8851 Center Drive; #601
La Mesa, CA
 

Dr. Michael Kimball's areas of specialization are orthopedics/orthopedic surgery and sports medicine. He has a 3.5 out of 5 star average patient rating. His areas of expertise include the following: knee problems, arthroscopic surgery, and sports health. Dr. Kimball is affiliated with Scripps Memorial Hospital La Jolla and Scripps Mercy Hospital. He honors several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield. Dr. Kimball is accepting new patients. His education and training includes medical school at George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences and residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Alabama. He is conversant in Spanish.

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Relevant Interests: , arthroscopic surgery

All Interests: Sports Health, Hip Problems, Shoulder Problems, Knee Problems, Arthroscopic Surgery, Orthopedic ... (Read more)

2013 Procedure Details

Source: Medicare Provider Utilization and Payment Data

  • Volume: 11
  • Charge (avg.): $665
  • Negotiated Rate (avg.): $175

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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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