We found 71 providers matching minimally invasive surgery and who accept Blue Cross/Blue Shield near Laguna Beach, CA.

Dr. Ledford Lee Powell, MD
Specializes in General Surgery, Thoracic Surgery
24411 Health Center Drive; Suite 630
Laguna Hills, CA
 

Dr. Ledford Powell's areas of specialization are general surgery and thoracic surgery; he sees patients in Laguna Hills, CA and Newport Beach, CA. In his practice, Dr. Powell focuses on robotic surgery. He accepts several insurance carriers, including Blue Shield, Medicaid Managed Care, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield. Dr. Powell graduated from the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry and then he performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, Irvine. His hospital/clinic affiliations include MemorialCare Health System, St. Joseph Hospital - Orange, CA, and CHOC Children's at Mission Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , minimally invasive surgery, robotic surgery

All Interests: Minimally Invasive Surgery, Robotic Surgery

Dr. David J Perkowski, MD
Specializes in Thoracic Surgery
24111 Health Center Drive; Suite 680
Laguna Hills, CA
 

Dr. David Perkowski's specialty is thoracic surgery. Dr. Perkowski's areas of expertise include the following: minimally invasive surgery and beating heart (off-pump) coronary bypass surgery. He is in-network for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield, as well as other insurance carriers. He attended medical school at Indiana University School of Medicine. Dr. Perkowski has received the distinction of Southern California Super Doctors. He is professionally affiliated with Saddleback Memorial Medical Center and MemorialCare Medical Group.

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Relevant Interests: , minimally invasive surgery

All Interests: Heart Bypass Surgery, Minimally Invasive Surgery, Beating Heart Coronary Bypass Surgery

Dr. Arian S Mowlavi, MD
Specializes in Plastic Surgery
32406 S. Coast Highway
Laguna Beach, CA
 

Dr. Arian Mowlavi is a medical specialist in plastic surgery. His average rating from his patients is 4.5 stars out of 5. His areas of expertise include the following: dermabrasion, mini tummy tuck, and botox injection. Dr. Mowlavi is affiliated with Long Beach Memorial Medical Center and CHOC Children's at Mission Hospital. Dr. Mowlavi accepts Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Shield, and more. His education and training includes medical school at the University of California, San Diego (UCSD), School of Medicine and residency at a hospital affiliated with Southern Illinois University. His distinctions include: Gaspar Anastasi Award. Mowlavi A, Massouem S, Neumeister MW; Professional Recognition: Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society; and Phi Betta Kappa, RealSelf Top Doctor. Dr. Mowlavi (or staff) speaks Persian and Turkish.

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Relevant Interests: , endoscopic surgery

All Interests: Dermabrasion, Breast Augmentation, Labiaplasty, Eyelid Retraction Repair, Endoscopic Surgery, Pec ... (Read more)

Dr. Michael J Gillman, MD
Specializes in Foot & Ankle Surgery, Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery
31862 Coast Highway 400
Laguna Beach, CA
 

Dr. Michael Gillman is a foot & ankle surgery and orthopedics/orthopedic surgery specialist in Orange, CA and Laguna Beach, CA. Patients gave him an average rating of 4.0 stars out of 5. He has a special interest in orthopedic surgery. Dr. Gillman takes Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Shield, and Health Net, as well as other insurance carriers. His education and training includes medical school at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine and residency at Tufts Medical Center. He speaks Spanish. Dr. Gillman is professionally affiliated with St. Joseph Hospital - Orange, CA and CHOC Children's at Mission Hospital. Dr. Gillman's practice is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , arthroscopic surgery

All Interests: Pain, Sports Health, Hip Problems, Wrist Problems, Elbow Problems, Shoulder Problems, Fractures, ... (Read more)

Dr. Leslie M Randall, MD
Specializes in Gynecologic Oncology
24411 Health Center Drive; Suite 330
Laguna Hills, CA
 

Dr. Leslie Randall's specialty is gynecologic oncology. She attended the University of Louisville School of Medicine and subsequently trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of Louisville for residency. In her practice, Dr. Randall focuses on robotic-assisted gynecologic surgery. Dr. Randall is an in-network provider for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Randall has received professional recognition including the following: Southern California Rising Stars; Physicians of Excellence, Orange County Medical Association; and AACR/ASCO Workshop: Methods in Clinical Cancer Research. She is conversant in Spanish. She is professionally affiliated with UC Irvine Health, Long Beach Memorial Medical Center, and Children's Hospital of Orange County (CHOC Children's).

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Relevant Interests: , minimally invasive surgery, robotic-assisted gynecologic surgery, robotic surgery

All Interests: Ovarian Cancer, Minimally Invasive Surgery, Robotic-Assisted Gynecologic Surgery, Gynecologic ... (Read more)

Dr. Hyun Jae Chun, MD
Specializes in Plastic Surgery
400 Newport Center Drive; Suite 707
Newport Beach, CA
 

Dr. Hyun Chun specializes in plastic surgery. Areas of expertise for Dr. Chun include eyelid surgery, tummy tuck (abdominoplasty), and body contouring after weight loss. Dr. Chun attended medical school at Northwestern University, Feinberg School of Medicine. Patients rated him highly, giving him an average of 5.0 stars out of 5. Blue Shield, Health Net, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Chun accepts.

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Relevant Interests: , endoscopic surgery

All Interests: Eyelid Surgery, Botulinum Toxin Injection, Breast Augmentation, Nose Surgery, Endoscopic Surgery, ... (Read more)

Dr. Larry Steven Nichter, MS, MD
Specializes in Plastic Surgery, Hand Surgery
1441 Avocado Avenue 808
Newport Beach, CA
 

Dr. Larry Nichter's specialties are plastic surgery and hand surgery. He practices in Huntington Beach, CA and Newport Beach, CA. Patients gave him an average rating of 5.0 stars out of 5. His areas of expertise include the following: breast reconstruction revision, dermabrasion, and breast augmentation. Dr. Nichter's hospital/clinic affiliations include St. Joseph Hospital - Orange, CA and Children's Hospital of Orange County (CHOC Children's). Dr. Nichter is in-network for Blue Shield and Blue Cross/Blue Shield insurance. He is a graduate of Boston University School of Medicine. His distinctions include: Southern California Super Doctors; Southern California Super Doctors 2008; and Top Doctors Peer Review Award, multiple yrs. He speaks Spanish.

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Relevant Interests: , endoscopic surgery

All Interests: Breast Reconstruction Revision, Dermabrasion, Breast Augmentation, Labiaplasty, Down Syndrome, ... (Read more)

Dr. Raffi V Hovsepian, MD
Specializes in Plastic Surgery
1401 Avocado Avenue; Suite 810
Newport Beach, CA
 

Dr. Raffi Hovsepian sees patients in Newport Beach, CA and Beverly Hills, CA. His medical specialty is plastic surgery. Clinical interests for Dr. Hovsepian include eyelid surgery, dermabrasion, and mini tummy tuck. Patients rated him highly, giving him an average of 5.0 stars out of 5. He honors Anthem and Blue Cross/Blue Shield insurance. He studied medicine at Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science, Chicago Medical School. Dr. Hovsepian trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of Nevada for his residency. He has received the distinction of Southern California Super Doctors.

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Relevant Interests: , endoscopic surgery

All Interests: Eyelid Surgery, Dermabrasion, Mini Tummy Tuck, Septoplasty, Botox Injection, Botulinum Toxin ... (Read more)

Dr. Rajiv Ramesh Rathod, MD
Specializes in Vitreoretinal Diseases
23521 Paseo De Valencia.; Suite 309
Laguna Hills, CA
 

Dr. Rajiv Rathod's area of specialization is vitreoretinal diseases (retina and vitreous). He graduated from Vanderbilt University School of Medicine and Stanford University School of Medicine and then he performed his residency at Washington University Medical Center in St. Louis. These areas are among Dr. Rathod's clinical interests: macular degeneration, minimally invasive surgery, and macular hole. He takes Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Secure Horizons, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Rathod (or staff) is conversant in Spanish, Korean, and Gujarati. He is professionally affiliated with St. Joseph Heritage Medical Group, St. Joseph Hospital Affiliated Physicians (SJHAP), and Greater Newport Physicians (GNP). Dr. Rathod is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , minimally invasive surgery

All Interests: Retinopathy of Prematurity, Macular Degeneration, Surgical Procedures, Minimally Invasive Surgery, ... (Read more)

Dr. Larry M Gersten, MD
Specializes in Adult Orthopedic Reconstructive Surgery
24331 El Toro Road; #200
Laguna Woods, CA
 

Dr. Larry Gersten's specialty is adult orthopedic reconstructive surgery. Dr. Gersten's clinical interests include knee problems, hip replacement, and arthroscopic surgery. He has a 4.0 out of 5 star average patient rating. He is an in-network provider for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Shield, and more. Before completing his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Southern California (USC), Dr. Gersten attended medical school at Thomas Jefferson University, Jefferson Medical College. In addition to English, he speaks Spanish. Dr. Gersten is affiliated with Greater Newport Physicians (GNP) and Saddleback Memorial Medical Center. New patients are welcome to contact his office for an appointment.

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Relevant Interests: , arthroscopic surgery

All Interests: Sports Health, Hip Problems, Shoulder Problems, Shoulder Replacement, Fractures, Knee Problems, ... (Read more)

Dr. David Michael Ashkenaze, MD
Specializes in Spine Surgery, Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery
31862 Coast Highway; Suite 400
Laguna Beach, CA
 

Dr. David Ashkenaze's specialties are spine surgery and orthopedics/orthopedic surgery. He practices in Laguna Beach, CA. Dr. Ashkenaze's average rating from his patients is 5.0 stars out of 5. He is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Blue Shield, Health Net, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield. He studied medicine at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF), School of Medicine. Dr. Ashkenaze's medical residency was performed at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and Tufts Medical Center. He is affiliated with CHOC Children's at Mission Hospital. He welcomes new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , arthroscopic surgery

All Interests: Pain, Metabolic Bone Diseases, Sports Health, Hip Problems, Wrist Problems, Elbow Problems, ... (Read more)

Dr. Michael L. L Berman, MD
Specializes in Gynecologic Oncology
24411 Health Center Drive; Suite 330
Laguna Hills, CA
 

Dr. Michael Berman's area of specialization is gynecologic oncology. In addition to English, he speaks Spanish. His areas of expertise include the following: gynecologic cancer, bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery, and biopsy. Dr. Berman's professional affiliations include St. Joseph Heritage Medical Group, UC Irvine Health, and St. Jude Hospital. Before performing his residency at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center, George Washington University Medical Center, and Harbor Hospital, Baltimore, Dr. Berman attended George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences and Georgetown University School of Medicine. He has a 4.0 out of 5 star average patient rating. Dr. Berman accepts Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield, in addition to other insurance carriers. He has received distinctions including Best Doctors in America - Obstetrics & Gynecology; Physicians of Excellence, Orange County Medical Association; and America's Top Doctors (Cervical Cancer, Gynecologic Cancer), Castle Connolly Medical Ltd.. Dr. Berman has an open panel.

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Relevant Interests: , minimally invasive surgery, robotic surgery

All Interests: Bloodless Medicine/Transfusion-Free Surgery, Gynecologic Cancer, Biopsy, Ovarian Disease, Minimally ... (Read more)

Dr. Li-Mei Lin, MD
Specializes in Neurosurgery
24411 Health Center Drive; Suite 330
Laguna Hills, CA
 

Dr. Li-Mei Lin is a medical specialist in neurosurgery. She graduated from Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. Her medical residency was performed at a hospital affiliated with Johns Hopkins University. Dr. Lin's areas of expertise include the following: neurosurgery and endovascular disease. She takes several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield. In addition to English, Dr. Lin speaks Mandarin and Taiwanese. She is professionally affiliated with UC Irvine Medical Center, Children's Hospital of Orange County (CHOC Children's), and Saddleback Memorial Medical Center.

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Relevant Interests: , endoscopic skull base surgery

All Interests: Spinal AVM, Brain Aneurysm, Carotid Artery Disease, Endoscopic Skull Base Surgery, Endovascular ... (Read more)

Dr. Sumeet Vadera, MD
Specializes in Neurosurgery
24411 Health Center Drive; Suite 330
Laguna Hills, CA
 

Dr. Sumeet Vadera practices neurosurgery. His professional affiliations include UC Irvine Medical Center, Children's Hospital of Orange County (CHOC Children's), and Saddleback Memorial Medical Center. Dr. Vadera is in-network for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Shield, and more. He attended medical school at Thomas Jefferson University, Jefferson Medical College and Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. His medical residency was performed at Cleveland Clinic. He has received professional recognition including the following: Southern California Rising Stars. Dr. Vadera (or staff) speaks Hindi.

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Relevant Interests: , minimally invasive surgery

All Interests: Radiculopathy, Spinal Cancer, Laser Ablation, Sciatica, Minimally Invasive Surgery, Epilepsy, Head ... (Read more)

Dr. Michael J. Sundine, MD
Specializes in Plastic Surgery
1401 Avocado Avenue; Suite 501
Newport Beach, CA
 

Dr. Michael Sundine is a plastic surgery specialist. These areas are among his clinical interests: eyelid surgery, dermabrasion, and mini tummy tuck. His professional affiliations include St. Joseph Hospital, St. Joseph Hospital - Orange, CA, and CHOC Children's at Mission Hospital. Dr. Sundine attended St. Louis University School of Medicine and subsequently trained at Duke University Medical Center and a hospital affiliated with the University of California, Irvine for residency. His average patient rating is 4.5 stars out of 5. He accepts Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Viant, as well as other insurance carriers. Awards and/or distinctions Dr. Sundine has received include Southern California Super Doctors 2008 and Southern California Super Doctors.

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Relevant Interests: , endoscopic surgery

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

Dr. Tenley K Lawton, MD
Specializes in Plastic Surgery
180 Newport Center Drive; Suite 170
Newport Beach, CA
 

Dr. Tenley Lawton's medical specialty is plastic surgery. Patient ratings for Dr. Lawton average 4.5 stars out of 5. Her areas of expertise include eyelid surgery, dermabrasion, and mini tummy tuck. Dr. Lawton accepts the following insurance: Blue Shield, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Medicare. Dr. Lawton graduated from Wayne State University School of Medicine. She trained at Saint Joseph Mercy Health System for her residency.

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Relevant Interests: , endoscopic surgery

All Interests: Eyelid Surgery, Dermabrasion, Mini Tummy Tuck, Septoplasty, Botox Injection, Botulinum Toxin ... (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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