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

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

Dr. Ledford Powell is a general surgeon and thoracic surgeon. Clinical interests for Dr. Powell include robotic surgery. His hospital/clinic affiliations include MemorialCare Health System, St. Joseph Hospital - Orange, CA, and CHOC Children's at Mission Hospital. Dr. Powell studied medicine at the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry. His medical residency was performed at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, Irvine. He accepts Blue Shield, Medicaid Managed Care, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield, in addition to other insurance carriers.

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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 is a thoracic surgery specialist. His areas of expertise consist of minimally invasive surgery and beating heart (off-pump) coronary bypass surgery. He is affiliated with Saddleback Memorial Medical Center and MemorialCare Medical Group. Dr. Perkowski is an in-network provider 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. He has received the following distinction: Southern California Super Doctors.

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Relevant Interests: , minimally invasive surgery

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

Dr. Tenley Lawton, M.D.
Specializes in Plastic Surgery, Dermatology
180 Newport Center Drive; Suite 170
Newport Beach, CA
 

Dr. Tenley Lawton specializes in plastic surgery and dermatology (skin disorders) and practices in Irvine, CA and Newport Beach, CA. Her areas of expertise include eyelid surgery, dermabrasion, and mini tummy tuck. She graduated from Wayne State University School of Medicine and then she performed her residency at Saint Joseph Mercy Health System. Dr. Lawton's average patient rating is 4.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Lawton is in-network for Blue Shield, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Medicare insurance.

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Relevant Interests: , endoscopic surgery

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

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

Dr. Larry Nichter sees patients in Huntington Beach, CA and Newport Beach, CA. His medical specialties are plastic surgery and hand surgery. Clinical interests for Dr. Nichter include dermabrasion, vaginoplasty, and vaginal rejuvenation. Patient reviews placed him at an average of 5.0 stars out of 5. He takes Blue Shield and Blue Cross/Blue Shield insurance. He studied medicine at Boston University School of Medicine. Dr. Nichter has received the following distinctions: Southern California Super Doctors; Southern California Super Doctors 2008; and Top Doctors Peer Review Award, multiple yrs. He is conversant in Spanish. He is affiliated with St. Joseph Hospital - Orange, CA and Children's Hospital of Orange County (CHOC Children's).

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Relevant Interests: , endoscopic surgery

All Interests: Breast Reconstruction Revision, Dermabrasion, Vaginoplasty, Vaginal Rejuvenation, Breast ... (Read more)

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

Dr. Arian Mowlavi's area of specialization is plastic surgery. Dr. Mowlavi (or staff) is conversant in Persian and Turkish. Clinical interests for Dr. Mowlavi include dermabrasion, vaginoplasty, and mini tummy tuck. Dr. Mowlavi is professionally affiliated with Long Beach Memorial Medical Center and CHOC Children's at Mission Hospital. Dr. Mowlavi studied medicine at the University of California, San Diego (UCSD), School of Medicine. For his residency, Dr. Mowlavi trained at a hospital affiliated with Southern Illinois University. He has received a 4.5 out of 5 star rating by his patients. He is an in-network provider for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Shield, and more. Distinctions awarded to Dr. Mowlavi 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.

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Relevant Interests: , endoscopic surgery

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

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

Dr. Rajiv Rathod practices ophthalmology (eye disease) in Santa Ana, CA and Laguna Hills, CA. He attended Vanderbilt University School of Medicine and Stanford University School of Medicine and then went on to complete his residency at Washington University Medical Center in St. Louis. Dr. Rathod's clinical interests include macular degeneration, minimally invasive surgery, and macular hole. He takes Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Secure Horizons, and more. Dr. Rathod (or staff) speaks the following languages: 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). New patients are welcome to contact Dr. Rathod's office for an appointment.

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Relevant Interests: , minimally invasive surgery

All Interests: Retinopathy of Prematurity, Macular Degeneration, Surgical Procedures, Minimally Invasive Surgery, ... (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 medical specialist in foot & ankle surgery and orthopedics/orthopedic surgery. Areas of particular interest for Dr. Gillman include orthopedic surgery. Patient ratings for Dr. Gillman average 4.0 stars out of 5. He honors several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Shield, and Health Net. Dr. Gillman studied medicine at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine. His residency was performed at Tufts Medical Center. He is conversant in Spanish. Dr. Gillman's professional affiliations include St. Joseph Hospital - Orange, CA and CHOC Children's at Mission Hospital. He has an open panel.

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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 works as a gynecologic oncologist. Dr. Randall's average rating from her patients is 3.0 stars out of 5. Her clinical interests encompass robotic-assisted gynecologic surgery. She is affiliated with Long Beach Memorial Medical Center, Children's Hospital of Orange County (CHOC Children's), and Chao Family Comprehensive Cancer Center (CFCCC). Dr. Randall accepts Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield, as well as other insurance carriers. Before performing her residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Louisville, Dr. Randall attended the University of Louisville School of Medicine. She 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.

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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. H. Chun's area of specialization is plastic surgery. Dr. Chun is rated 5.0 stars out of 5 by his patients. His clinical interests include eyelid surgery, tummy tuck (abdominoplasty), and body contouring after weight loss. He is in-network for Blue Shield, Health Net, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and more. He studied medicine at Northwestern University, Feinberg School of Medicine.

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Relevant Interests: , endoscopic surgery

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

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

Dr. Raffi Hovsepian practices plastic surgery in Newport Beach, CA and Beverly Hills, CA. Areas of expertise for Dr. Hovsepian include eyelid surgery, dermabrasion, and mini tummy tuck. He studied medicine at Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science, Chicago Medical School. He trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of Nevada for residency. Patients gave him an average rating of 5.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Hovsepian honors Anthem and Blue Cross/Blue Shield insurance. He has received professional recognition including the following: Southern California Super Doctors.

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Relevant Interests: , endoscopic surgery

All Interests: Eyelid Surgery, Dermabrasion, Mini Tummy Tuck, Septoplasty, Gender Reassignment Surgery, Botox ... (Read more)

Dr. Nimish Raj Kadakia, MD
Specializes in Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery
24331 El Toro Road; Suite 200
Laguna Woods, CA
 

Dr. Nimish Kadakia's area of specialization is orthopedics/orthopedic surgery. His clinical interests include knee problems, arthroscopic surgery, and sports health. He has a 4.0 out of 5 star average patient rating. Dr. Kadakia is an in-network provider for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield, as well as other insurance carriers. He attended the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, School of Medicine and then went on to complete his residency at a hospital affiliated with Baylor College of Medicine. Dr. Kadakia is professionally affiliated with Greater Newport Physicians (GNP). He is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , arthroscopic surgery

All Interests: Sports Health, Shoulder Problems, Fractures, Knee Problems, Arthroscopic Surgery, Trauma

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

Dr. Michael Berman practices gynecologic oncology. He graduated from George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences and Georgetown University School of Medicine. His residency was performed at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center, George Washington University Medical Center, and Harbor Hospital, Baltimore. Dr. Berman has indicated that his clinical interests include gynecologic cancer, bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery, and biopsy. Dr. Berman has a 4.0 out of 5 star average patient rating. He is in-network for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Shield, and more. 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.. He is conversant in Spanish. His hospital/clinic affiliations include St. Joseph Heritage Medical Group, UC Irvine Medical Center, and St. Jude Hospital. Dr. Berman welcomes new patients.

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

Dr. Larry Gersten works as an orthopedic reconstructive surgeon in Laguna Woods, CA. He graduated from Thomas Jefferson University, Jefferson Medical College. His training includes a residency program at a hospital affiliated with the University of Southern California (USC). Areas of expertise for Dr. Gersten include knee problems, hip replacement, and arthroscopic surgery. Dr. Gersten has received a 4.0 out of 5 star rating by his patients. He is in-network for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield, as well as other insurance carriers. He speaks Spanish. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Greater Newport Physicians (GNP) and Saddleback Memorial Medical Center. He has an open panel.

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Relevant Interests: , arthroscopic surgery

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

Dr. Michael Alan Bain, MD
Specializes in Plastic Surgery
1441 Avocado Avenue; Suite 706
Newport Beach, CA
 

Dr. Michael Bain practices plastic surgery. Clinical interests for Dr. Bain include eyelid surgery, dermabrasion, and vaginoplasty. He is affiliated with St. Joseph Hospital - Orange, CA and Hoag Affiliated Physicians (HAP). He attended medical school at MCP Hahnemann School of Medicine. He is rated highly by his patients. Dr. Bain is in-network for Blue Shield, Health Net, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield, in addition to other insurance carriers.

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Relevant Interests: , endoscopic surgery

All Interests: Dermabrasion, Vaginoplasty, Vaginal Rejuvenation, Breast Augmentation, Labiaplasty, Endoscopic ... (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 works as a spine surgeon and orthopedist. He graduated from the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF), School of Medicine and then he performed his residency at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and Tufts Medical Center. Patients gave Dr. Ashkenaze an average rating of 5.0 stars out of 5. Blue Shield, Health Net, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Ashkenaze takes. Dr. Ashkenaze is professionally affiliated with CHOC Children's at Mission Hospital. He is accepting 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. Inderpal Singh Gujral, MD
Specializes in Adult Cardiology, Cardiac Electrophysiology
24953 Paseo De Valencia; Suite 30a
Laguna Hills, CA
 

Dr. Inderpal Gujral is an adult cardiology and cardiac electrophysiology (heart rhythm) specialist in Laguna Hills, CA. He graduated from Guru Nanak Dev University and Government Medical College, Amritsar. He trained at Interfaith Medical Center for residency. In his practice, Dr. Gujral focuses on bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery. He accepts Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Shield, and more. Dr. Gujral is affiliated with MemorialCare Health System and Cardiovascular Associates. New patients are welcome to contact his office for an appointment.

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Clinical Interests: Bloodless Medicine/Transfusion-Free Surgery

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  • Charge (avg.): $3,500
  • Negotiated Rate (avg.): $552

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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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