We found 80 providers matching minimally invasive surgery and who accept Health Net PPO near National City, CA.

Dr. William D Fuller, MD
Specializes in General Surgery, Bariatric Surgery
4060 Fourth Avenue; Suite 330
San Diego, 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. Sunil Bhoyrul, MD
Specializes in General Surgery, Bariatric Surgery
6655 Alvarado Road, Alvarado Surgical Weight Loss; Suite 605
San Diego, CA
 

Dr. Sunil Bhoyrul sees patients in La Jolla, CA and San Diego, CA. His medical specialties are general surgery and bariatric surgery. The average patient rating for Dr. Bhoyrul is 4.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Bhoyrul's areas of expertise include laparoscopic surgery and weight loss surgery (bariatric surgery). His professional affiliations include Scripps Memorial Hospital La Jolla and Alvarado Hospital Medical Center. He takes Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Shield, Health Net, and more. New patients are welcome to contact his office for an appointment. Dr. Bhoyrul attended the University of Aberdeen, College of Life Sciences and Medicine for medical school and subsequently trained at Stanford University Medical Center for residency. He has received the distinction of San Diego Super Doctors. Dr. Bhoyrul (or staff) speaks French and Hindi.

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Relevant Interests: , laparoscopic surgery

All Interests: Laparoscopic Surgery, Weight Loss Surgery

2013 Procedure Details

Source: Medicare Provider Utilization and Payment Data

  • Volume: 14
  • Charge (avg.): $3,300
  • Negotiated Rate (avg.): $1,324
Dr. Eugene W Rumsey Jr., MD
Specializes in General Surgery, Bariatric Surgery
4060 4th Avenue; Suite 330
San Diego, CA
 

Dr. Eugene Rumsey's specialties are general surgery and bariatric surgery. Patients gave Dr. Rumsey an average rating of 5.0 stars out of 5. In his practice, Dr. Rumsey focuses on laparoscopic surgery and weight loss surgery (bariatric surgery). He is affiliated with Scripps Mercy Hospital. He accepts Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Rumsey is accepting new patients. After completing medical school at George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences, he performed his residency at Children's Hospital Boston and a hospital affiliated with the University of Hawaii at Manoa. He has received professional recognition including the following: San Diego Super Doctors.

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Relevant Interests: , laparoscopic surgery

All Interests: Weight Loss Surgery, Laparoscopic Surgery

Dr. Hugo Hernan Barrera, MD
Specializes in General Surgery, Bariatric Surgery
786 3rd Avenue; #b
Chula Vista, CA
 

Dr. Hugo Barrera's areas of specialization are general surgery and bariatric surgery; he sees patients in Chula Vista, CA. These areas are among his clinical interests: bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery, laparoscopic gastric bypass surgery, and colon surgery. Dr. Barrera accepts Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, as well as other insurance carriers. His education and training includes medical school at the University of Maryland School of Medicine and residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, San Diego (UCSD). In addition to English, he speaks Spanish. His professional affiliations include Scripps Mercy Hospital and Sharp HealthCare. Dr. Barrera is accepting new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , laparoscopic gastric bypass surgery, laparoscopic gastric banding

All Interests: Bloodless Medicine/Transfusion-Free Surgery, Laparoscopic Gastric Banding, Breast Issues, Pilonidal ... (Read more)

2013 Procedure Details

Source: Medicare Provider Utilization and Payment Data

  • Volume: 12
  • Charge (avg.): $1,845
  • Negotiated Rate (avg.): $630
Dr. Yuan Hsiao Lin, MD
Specializes in Cardiac Surgery, Thoracic Surgery
786 3rd Avenue
Chula Vista, CA
 

Dr. Yuan Lin practices cardiac surgery and thoracic surgery. His education and training includes medical school at Taipei Medical University and residency at Allegheny General Hospital. His clinical interests include thoracotomy (incision between the ribs), bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery, and heart bypass surgery (CABG). Dr. Lin accepts Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Medi-Cal, as well as other insurance carriers. He is affiliated with Sharp HealthCare. He is accepting new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , robotic surgery

All Interests: Bloodless Medicine/Transfusion-Free Surgery, Heart Bypass Surgery, Lung Resection, Valvuloplasty, ... (Read more)

Specializes in Cardiothoracic Surgery
200 W. Arbor Drive; Mc 8892
San Diego, CA
 

Dr. Victor Pretorius sees patients in San Diego, CA. His medical specialty is cardiothoracic surgery. He is an in-network provider for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Shield, and more. He studied medicine at the University of Pretoria School of Medicine. Dr. Pretorius is professionally affiliated with VA San Diego Healthcare System (VASDHS).

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2013 Procedure Details

Source: Medicare Provider Utilization and Payment Data

  • Volume: 20
  • Charge (avg.): $3,952
  • Negotiated Rate (avg.): $803
Dr. Kian J Samimi, MD
Specializes in Plastic Surgery
711 Fourth Avenue; #200
San Diego, CA
 

Dr. Kian Samimi, who practices in San Diego, CA and La Jolla, CA, is a medical specialist in plastic surgery. Before completing his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Illinois at Chicago, Dr. Samimi attended medical school at the University of Düsseldorf Faculty of Medicine and the University of Utah School of Medicine. His areas of expertise include breast reconstruction revision, dermabrasion, and mini tummy tuck. Patients rated him highly, giving him an average of 4.5 stars out of 5. He is in-network for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Shield, and more. Dr. Samimi (or staff) speaks Spanish, German, and French. Dr. Samimi's professional affiliations include Scripps Memorial Hospital La Jolla and Scripps Memorial Hospital Encinitas. Dr. Samimi has an open panel.

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Relevant Interests: , endoscopic surgery

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

Dr. Christopher S Pallia, MD
Specializes in Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery, Sports Medicine
230 Prospect Place; Suite 230
Coronado, CA
 

Dr. Christopher Pallia practices orthopedics/orthopedic surgery and sports medicine in Coronado, CA and San Diego, CA. His average patient rating is 3.5 stars out of 5. Clinical interests for Dr. Pallia include arthroscopic surgery, sports health, and carpal tunnel syndrome. He is professionally affiliated with Scripps Memorial Hospital La Jolla and Sharp HealthCare. Dr. Pallia is in-network for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and more. He is accepting new patients. He obtained his medical school training at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), David Geffen School of Medicine and performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with Stony Brook University Medical Center.

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Relevant Interests: , arthroscopic surgery, MAKOplasty

All Interests: Sports Health, ACL Injury, Knee Pain, Sacroiliac Joint Injection, Neck Pain, Bursitis, Partial Knee ... (Read more)

Dr. James Jee-Ling Chao, MD
Specializes in Plastic Surgery, Hand Surgery
200 West Arbor Drive
San Diego, CA
 

Dr. James Chao's specialties are plastic surgery and hand surgery. He practices in San Diego, CA, Encinitas, CA, and Temecula, CA. In addition to English, Dr. Chao (or staff) speaks Mandarin, Sign Language, and Spanish. His areas of expertise include dermabrasion, botulinum toxin injection, and breast augmentation. Dr. Chao's hospital/clinic affiliations include Scripps Memorial Hospital La Jolla, Scripps Mercy Hospital, and Sharp HealthCare. He attended New York University (NYU) School of Medicine and the University of Miami, Miller School of Medicine and subsequently trained at Manhattan Eye, Ear & Throat Institute and NYU Langone Medical Center for residency. He is in-network for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and more. Dr. Chao's practice is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , endoscopic surgery

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

Dr. Maria Leonor Castillo, MD
Specializes in Other, Obstetrics & Gynecology
911 E Plaza Boulevard
National City, CA
 

Dr. Maria Castillo specializes in obstetrics & gynecology and practices in San Diego, CA, Poway, CA, and National City, CA. Dr. Castillo's areas of expertise include the following: menopause, vaginal birth after cesarean (VBAC), and high risk pregnancy. Her patients gave her an average rating of 3.0 out of 5 stars. She accepts Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and more. She studied medicine at Wayne State University School of Medicine. She trained at Henry Ford Hospital for residency. Dr. Castillo is conversant in Spanish. Her professional affiliations include Scripps Memorial Hospital La Jolla and Sharp HealthCare. She has an open panel.

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Relevant Interests: , laparoscopic surgery

All Interests: Menopause, Adolescent Gynecology, Cryosurgery, Osteoporosis, Incontinence, Breast Issues, Vaginal ... (Read more)

Dr. William Steven Umansky, MD
Specializes in Plastic Surgery
299 Landis Avenue; Suite 102
Chula Vista, CA
 

Dr. William Umansky practices plastic surgery in La Jolla, CA and Chula Vista, CA. He attended the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), David Geffen School of Medicine and then went on to complete his residency at Stanford University Medical Center. These areas are among Dr. Umansky's clinical interests: eyelid surgery, breast reconstruction revision, and dermabrasion. Patient reviews placed him at an average of 5.0 stars out of 5. He takes Blue Shield, Health Net, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield, as well as other insurance carriers. In addition to English, he speaks Spanish. Dr. Umansky is affiliated with Scripps Memorial Hospital La Jolla. He is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , endoscopic surgery

All Interests: Eyelid Surgery, Breast Reconstruction Revision, Dermabrasion, Mini Tummy Tuck, Botox Injection, ... (Read more)

Dr. Albert Austin McClain Jr., MD
Specializes in Otolaryngology
655 Euclid Avenue; Suite 401
National City, CA
 

Dr. Albert McClain practices otolaryngology (ear, nose, and throat) in National City, CA. He speaks Spanish. These areas are among his clinical interests: sleep disorders, endoscopic sinus surgery, and sinus problems. Dr. McClain's professional affiliations include Scripps Mercy Hospital and Sharp HealthCare. He attended the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF), School of Medicine and then went on to complete his residency at Los Angeles County+USC Medical Center and Martin Luther King, Jr.-Harbor Hospital. Dr. McClain's patients gave him an average rating of 1.5 out of 5 stars. He is an in-network provider for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Sharp Health Plan, and more. New patients are welcome to contact Dr. McClain's office for an appointment.

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Relevant Interests: , endoscopic sinus surgery, robotic surgery

All Interests: Sleep Disorders, Sinus Problems, Endoscopic Sinus Surgery, Snoring, Laser Surgery, Swallowing ... (Read more)

Dr. Michael Henry Verdolin, MD
Specializes in Anesthesiology, Interventional Pain Medicine
222 East Plaza Boulevard
National City, 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. Pourang Kamali, MD
Specializes in Obstetrics & Gynecology
769 Medical Center Court; Suite #301
Chula Vista, CA
 

Dr. Pourang Kamali is a specialist in obstetrics & gynecology. Dr. Kamali attended medical school at Ross University School of Medicine. For his professional training, Dr. Kamali completed a residency program at Staten Island University Hospital. His areas of expertise include the following: colposcopy, menopause, and vaginal birth after cesarean (VBAC). He is rated highly by his patients. He honors several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry. In addition to English, Dr. Kamali speaks Persian. He is professionally affiliated with Sharp HealthCare. Dr. Kamali is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , robotic-assisted gynecologic surgery, laparoscopic surgery

All Interests: Menopause, Colposcopy, Adolescent Gynecology, Bloodless Medicine/Transfusion-Free Surgery, ... (Read more)

Dr. David James Burnikel, MD
Specializes in Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery
230 Prospect Place; 210
Coronado, 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. Damion Jay Valletta, DO
Specializes in Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery, Sports Medicine
230 Prospect Place; Suite 340b
Coronado, CA
 

Dr. Damion Valletta specializes in orthopedics/orthopedic surgery and sports medicine. Dr. Valletta obtained his medical school training at Des Moines University, College of Osteopathic Medicine and performed his residency at Mercy St. Vincent Medical Center, Toledo and St. Vincent Charity Medical Center, Cleveland. His clinical interests include hip replacement, post-polio syndrome (PPS), and scoliosis. He is rated 5.0 stars out of 5 by his patients. He accepts several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and HealthSmart. He speaks Spanish. Dr. Valletta's hospital/clinic affiliations include Scripps Memorial Hospital La Jolla, Scripps Mercy Hospital, and Sharp HealthCare. He has an open panel.

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Relevant Interests: , arthroscopic surgery

All Interests: Post-Polio Syndrome, Sports Health, Microsurgery, Scoliosis, Growth Problems, Back Problems, ... (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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