We found 87 providers matching minimally invasive surgery and who accept Health Net PPO near National City, CA.

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. Patients gave him an average rating of 4.0 stars out of 5. In his practice, he is particularly interested in laparoscopic surgery and weight loss surgery (bariatric surgery). Dr. Bhoyrul honors Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Shield, Health Net, and more. His education and training includes medical school at the University of Aberdeen, College of Life Sciences and Medicine and residency at Stanford University Medical Center. He has received the distinction of San Diego Super Doctors. Dr. Bhoyrul (or staff) speaks the following foreign languages: French and Hindi. Dr. Bhoyrul is professionally affiliated with Scripps Memorial Hospital La Jolla and Alvarado Hospital Medical Center. His practice is open to new patients.

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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. William D Fuller, MD
Specializes in General Surgery, Bariatric Surgery
4060 Fourth Avenue; Suite 330
San Diego, 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. Eugene W Rumsey Jr., MD
Specializes in General Surgery, Bariatric Surgery
4060 4th Avenue; Suite 330
San Diego, CA
 

Dr. Eugene Rumsey is a specialist in general surgery and bariatric surgery. He has received a 5.0 out of 5 star rating by his patients. Dr. Rumsey has a special interest in laparoscopic surgery and weight loss surgery (bariatric surgery). He accepts Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Rumsey's education and training includes medical school at George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences and residency at Children's Hospital Boston and a hospital affiliated with the University of Hawaii at Manoa. He has received the following distinction: San Diego Super Doctors. He is affiliated with Scripps Mercy Hospital. Dr. Rumsey has an open panel.

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Relevant Interests: , laparoscopic surgery

All Interests: Laparoscopic Surgery, Weight Loss Surgery

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

Dr. Hugo Barrera is a specialist in general surgery and bariatric surgery. He is in-network for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Barrera attended the University of Maryland School of Medicine and subsequently trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, San Diego (UCSD) for residency. In addition to English, he speaks Spanish. He is professionally affiliated with Scripps Mercy Hospital. He welcomes 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's areas of specialization are cardiac surgery and thoracic surgery. He takes Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Sharp Health Plan, and more. Dr. Lin is a graduate of Taipei Medical University.

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Relevant Interests: , robotic surgery

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

Dr. Victor Diederick Victor Pretorius, MD
Specializes in Cardiothoracic Surgery
200 West Arbor Drive; Mc 8892
San Diego, CA
 

Dr. Victor Pretorius sees patients in San Diego, CA. His medical specialty is cardiothoracic surgery. He honors Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield, in addition to other insurance carriers. He graduated from the University of Pretoria School of Medicine. Dr. Pretorius is 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. Christopher S Pallia, MD
Specializes in Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery, Sports Medicine
230 Prospect Place; Suite 230
Coronado, CA
 

Dr. Christopher Pallia is an orthopedics/orthopedic surgery and sports medicine specialist in Coronado, CA and San Diego, CA. After attending the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), David Geffen School of Medicine, he completed his residency training at a hospital affiliated with Stony Brook University Medical Center. His areas of expertise include the following: joint reconstruction, sports health, and orthopedic surgery. Dr. Pallia's average rating from his patients is 3.5 stars out of 5. He takes several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry. In addition to English, Dr. Pallia speaks Spanish. He is affiliated with Scripps Memorial Hospital La Jolla. He welcomes new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , arthroscopic surgery, MAKOplasty

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

Dr. Franz John Kopp, MD
Specializes in Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery
4060 4th Avenue; Suite 700
San Diego, CA
 

Dr. Franz Kopp is a physician who specializes in orthopedics/orthopedic surgery. On average, patients gave Dr. Kopp a rating of 3.0 stars out of 5. Areas of expertise for Dr. Kopp include knee problems, foot problems, and orthopedic surgery. He is professionally affiliated with Scripps Mercy Hospital. He accepts several insurance carriers, including Blue Shield, Health Net, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield. Dr. Kopp's practice is open to new patients. Before performing his residency at the University Hospitals, Cleveland, Dr. Kopp attended Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine. He has received professional recognition including the following: San Diego Super Doctors. Dr. Kopp (or staff) speaks the following languages: Spanish and German.

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Relevant Interests: , arthroscopic surgery

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

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

Dr. James Chao specializes in plastic surgery and hand surgery. Before performing his residency at Manhattan Eye, Ear & Throat Institute and NYU Langone Medical Center, Dr. Chao attended New York University (NYU) School of Medicine and the University of Miami, Miller School of Medicine. Areas of expertise for Dr. Chao include eyelid surgery, thigh lift, and general reconstruction. He is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Child Health Plus, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Family Health Plus. Dr. Chao (or staff) speaks Mandarin, Sign Language, and Spanish. Dr. Chao is professionally affiliated with Scripps Memorial Hospital La Jolla, Scripps Mercy Hospital, and Scripps Memorial Hospital Encinitas. He welcomes new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , endoscopic surgery

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

Dr. Kian J Samimi, MD
Specializes in Plastic Surgery
711 Fourth Avenue; #200
San Diego, CA
 

Dr. Kian Samimi's area of specialization is plastic surgery. Dr. Samimi (or staff) speaks Spanish, German, and French. Areas of expertise for Dr. Samimi include breast reconstruction revision, dermabrasion, and mini tummy tuck. He is professionally affiliated with Scripps Memorial Hospital La Jolla and Scripps Memorial Hospital Encinitas. He is a graduate of the University of Düsseldorf Faculty of Medicine and the University of Utah School of Medicine. For his residency, Dr. Samimi trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of Illinois at Chicago. His patients gave him an average rating of 4.0 out of 5 stars. Dr. Samimi honors Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield, as well as other insurance carriers. He is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , endoscopic surgery

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

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
230 Prospect Place; Suite 210
Coronado, 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. Maria Leonor Castillo, MD
Specializes in Other, Obstetrics & Gynecology
911 E Plaza Boulevard
National City, CA
 

Dr. Maria Castillo works as an obstetrician and gynecologist in San Diego, CA, Poway, CA, and National City, CA. Before completing her residency at Henry Ford Hospital, Dr. Castillo attended medical school at Wayne State University School of Medicine. Her areas of expertise consist of gynecological problems and laparoscopic surgery. Patients gave her an average rating of 2.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Castillo accepts Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Sharp Health Plan, in addition to other insurance carriers. She is conversant in Spanish. She is professionally affiliated with Scripps Memorial Hospital La Jolla. New patients are welcome to contact Dr. Castillo's office for an appointment.

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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's area of specialization is plastic surgery. Patients rated him highly, giving him an average of 5.0 stars out of 5. Areas of expertise for Dr. Umansky include eyelid surgery, breast reconstruction revision, and dermabrasion. Dr. Umansky is professionally affiliated with Scripps Memorial Hospital La Jolla. He is in-network for Blue Shield, Health Net, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield, as well as other insurance carriers. His practice is open to new patients. Dr. Umansky attended the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), David Geffen School of Medicine and subsequently trained at Stanford University Medical Center for residency. He is conversant in Spanish.

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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 is an ear, nose and throat specialist in National City, CA. He is rated 1.5 stars out of 5 by his patients. He is in-network for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. McClain obtained his medical school training at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF), School of Medicine and performed his residency at Martin Luther King, Jr.-Harbor Hospital. He is affiliated with Scripps Mercy Hospital. He has an open panel.

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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. Damion Jay Valletta, DO
Specializes in Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery, Sports Medicine
230 Prospect Place; Suite 340b
Coronado, CA
 

Dr. Damion Valletta's areas of specialization are orthopedics/orthopedic surgery and sports medicine. Dr. Valletta's clinical interests encompass sports health. He has received a 5.0 out of 5 star rating by his patients. He takes Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Shield, and more. Dr. Valletta studied medicine at Des Moines University, College of Osteopathic Medicine. His residency was performed at Mercy St. Vincent Medical Center, Toledo. In addition to English, he speaks Spanish. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Scripps Memorial Hospital La Jolla and Scripps Mercy Hospital. 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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