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We found 95 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 is a medical specialist in general surgery and bariatric surgery. He attended the University of Aberdeen, College of Life Sciences and Medicine for medical school and subsequently trained at Stanford University Medical Center for residency. In his practice, Dr. Bhoyrul focuses on laparoscopic surgery and weight loss surgery (bariatric surgery). Dr. Bhoyrul has received a 4.0 out of 5 star rating by his patients. Dr. Bhoyrul takes several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Shield, and Health Net. He has received the distinction of San Diego Super Doctors. In addition to English, Dr. Bhoyrul (or staff) speaks French and Hindi. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Scripps Memorial Hospital La Jolla and Alvarado Hospital Medical Center. New patients are welcome to contact Dr. Bhoyrul's office for an appointment.

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Relevant Interests: , laparoscopic surgery

All Interests: Laparoscopic Surgery, Weight Loss Surgery

2013 Procedure Details

  • Medicare Volume: 14
  • Uninsured Cost: $3,300
  • Medicare Cost: $1,324
Dr. Hugo Hernan Barrera, MD
Specializes in General Surgery, Bariatric Surgery
786 3rd Avenue; #b
Chula Vista, CA
 

Dr. Hugo Barrera specializes in general surgery and bariatric surgery. His areas of expertise include the following: bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery, laparoscopic gastric bypass surgery, and colon surgery. Dr. Barrera's hospital/clinic affiliations include Scripps Mercy Hospital and Sharp HealthCare. He takes Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, in addition to other insurance carriers. He is open to new patients. After attending the University of Maryland School of Medicine, Dr. Barrera completed his residency training at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, San Diego (UCSD). In addition to English, he speaks Spanish.

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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

  • Medicare Volume: 12
  • Uninsured Cost: $1,845
  • Medicare Cost: $630
Dr. Yuan Hsiao Lin, MD
Specializes in Cardiac Surgery, Thoracic Surgery
786 3rd Avenue
Chula Vista, CA
 

Dr. Yuan Lin is a medical specialist in cardiac surgery and thoracic surgery. Clinical interests for Dr. Lin include thoracotomy (incision between the ribs), bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery, and heart bypass surgery (CABG). His hospital/clinic affiliations include Scripps Mercy Hospital and Sharp HealthCare. Dr. Lin is in-network for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Medi-Cal, in addition to other insurance carriers. He has an open panel. He studied medicine at Taipei Medical University. Dr. Lin's residency was performed at Allegheny General Hospital and Ohio State University Medical Center.

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Relevant Interests: , robotic surgery

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

Dr. Mark Wei Huang, MD
Specializes in Cardiothoracic Surgery
786 3rd Avenue
Chula Vista, CA
 

Dr. Mark Huang is a cardiothoracic surgery specialist. After completing medical school at Albany Medical College, Dr. Huang performed his residency at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital and a hospital affiliated with the University of California, Davis. His clinical interests include thoracotomy (incision between the ribs), lung cancer, and bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery. Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Medi-Cal are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Huang accepts. He is professionally affiliated with Scripps Mercy Hospital and Sharp HealthCare. Dr. Huang has an open panel.

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

2013 Procedure Details

  • Medicare Volume: 17
  • Uninsured Cost: $910
  • Medicare Cost: $597
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 medical specialist in general surgery and bariatric surgery. He has indicated that his clinical interests include laparoscopic surgery and weight loss surgery (bariatric surgery). The average patient rating for Dr. Rumsey is 5.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Rumsey accepts several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield. He graduated from George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences and then he performed his residency at Children's Hospital Boston and a hospital affiliated with the University of Hawaii at Manoa. Dr. Rumsey has received the distinction of San Diego Super Doctors. He is professionally affiliated with Scripps Mercy Hospital. New patients are welcome to contact Dr. Rumsey's office for an appointment.

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Relevant Interests: , laparoscopic surgery

All Interests: Weight Loss Surgery, Laparoscopic Surgery

Dr. George G Zorn III, MD
Specializes in General Surgery, Bariatric Surgery
4060 4th Avenue; Suite 330
San Diego, CA
 

Dr. George Zorn's specialties are general surgery and bariatric surgery. He practices in San Diego, CA. He obtained his medical school training at Loyola University Chicago, Stritch School of Medicine and performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, Irvine. Dr. Zorn's clinical interests include weight loss surgery (bariatric surgery). He is in-network for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield, in addition to other insurance carriers. He has received the distinction of San Diego Super Doctors. Dr. Zorn is professionally affiliated with Scripps Mercy Hospital. His practice is open to new patients.

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Clinical Interests: Weight Loss Surgery

2013 Procedure Details

  • Medicare Volume: 21
  • Uninsured Cost: $1,438
  • Medicare Cost: $657
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Specializes in Cardiothoracic Surgery
200 West Arbor Drive; Mc 8892
San Diego, CA
 

Dr. Gert Pretorius' area of specialization is cardiothoracic surgery. Dr. Pretorius takes several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield. He attended medical school at the University of Pretoria School of Medicine. He is professionally affiliated with VA San Diego Healthcare System (VASDHS).

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2013 Procedure Details

  • Medicare Volume: 20
  • Uninsured Cost: $3,952
  • Medicare Cost: $803
Dr. James Jee-Ling Chao, MD
Specializes in Plastic Surgery, Hand Surgery
200 West Arbor Drive
San Diego, CA
 

Dr. James Chao works as a plastic surgeon and hand surgeon in San Diego, CA, Encinitas, CA, and Temecula, CA. His clinical interests include dermabrasion, botulinum toxin injection, and breast augmentation. He is an in-network provider for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Chao 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. Dr. Chao (or staff) speaks the following foreign languages: Mandarin, Sign Language, and Spanish. He is professionally affiliated with Scripps Memorial Hospital La Jolla, Scripps Mercy Hospital, and Sharp HealthCare. New patients are welcome to contact Dr. Chao's office for an appointment.

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Relevant Interests: , endoscopic surgery

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

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

Dr. Christopher Pallia's areas of specialization are orthopedics/orthopedic surgery and sports medicine; he sees patients in Coronado, CA and San Diego, CA. On average, patients gave Dr. Pallia a rating of 3.5 stars out of 5. His areas of expertise include the following: arthroscopic surgery, sports health, and carpal tunnel syndrome. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Scripps Memorial Hospital La Jolla and Sharp HealthCare. Dr. Pallia accepts Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, as well as other insurance carriers. He is open to new patients. He graduated from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), David Geffen School of Medicine and then he 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. Brooke Laura Ballard, MD
Specializes in Hand Surgery, Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery
230 Prospect Place; Suite 210
Coronado, CA
 

Dr. Brooke Ballard works as a hand surgeon and orthopedist in Coronado, CA, San Diego, CA, and La Mesa, CA. She speaks Spanish. Areas of expertise for Dr. Ballard include arthroscopic surgery, bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery, and knee ligament injuries. Dr. Ballard is professionally affiliated with Sharp HealthCare. She graduated from the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Chicago and then she performed her residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, San Diego (UCSD). Patients gave her an average rating of 5.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Ballard is an in-network provider for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, as well as other insurance carriers. She welcomes 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 is a physician who specializes in obstetrics & gynecology. These areas are among Dr. Castillo's clinical interests: menopause, vaginal birth after cesarean (VBAC), and cryotherapy. Patients gave her an average rating of 3.0 stars out of 5. She is an in-network provider for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and more. Dr. Castillo graduated from Wayne State University School of Medicine and then she performed her residency at Henry Ford Hospital. She speaks Spanish. She is professionally affiliated with Scripps Memorial Hospital La Jolla and Sharp HealthCare. She is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , laparoscopic surgery

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

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

Dr. Albert McClain, who practices in National City, CA, is a medical specialist in otolaryngology (ear, nose, and throat). Patient ratings for Dr. McClain average 1.5 stars out of 5. His clinical interests include sleep disorders, endoscopic sinus surgery, and sinus problems. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Scripps Mercy Hospital and Sharp HealthCare. He is an in-network provider for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Sharp Health Plan, as well as other insurance carriers. He welcomes new patients. Dr. McClain attended the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF), School of Medicine and subsequently trained at Los Angeles County+USC Medical Center and Martin Luther King, Jr.-Harbor Hospital for residency. In addition to English, he speaks Spanish.

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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. David James Burnikel, MD
Specializes in Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery
230 Prospect Place; 210
Coronado, CA
 

Dr. David Burnikel is a medical specialist in orthopedics/orthopedic surgery. After completing medical school at Temple University School of Medicine, he performed his residency at Ochsner Medical Center. His areas of expertise include knee replacement, arthroscopic surgery, and hip surgery. Dr. Burnikel accepts Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, in addition to other insurance carriers. He is affiliated with Scripps Mercy Hospital and Sharp HealthCare. Dr. Burnikel is open to new patients.

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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. 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. Patients gave him an average rating of 4.0 stars out of 5. These areas are among his clinical interests: trigger point injections, sacroiliac (SI) joint injection, and epidural steroid injection. Dr. Verdolin's hospital/clinic affiliations include Scripps Mercy Hospital and Sharp HealthCare. Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Verdolin takes. Dr. Verdolin is accepting new patients. He attended the University of Miami, Miller School of Medicine and subsequently trained at National Naval Medical Center for residency. 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

  • Medicare Volume: 31
  • Uninsured Cost: $3,000
  • Medicare Cost: $939
Dr. William Collin Eves, MD
Specializes in Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery, Sports Medicine
480 4th Avenue; Suite 307
Chula Vista, CA
 

Dr. William Eves sees patients in Chula Vista, CA. His medical specialties are orthopedics/orthopedic surgery and sports medicine. Dr. Eves has a 3.0 out of 5 star average patient rating. These areas are among his clinical interests: arthroscopic surgery, growth problems, and osteoporosis. He is affiliated with Scripps Mercy Hospital and Sharp HealthCare. He takes Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and more. Dr. Eves welcomes new patients. He attended medical school at George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences. He trained at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center for his residency.

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Relevant Interests: , arthroscopic surgery

All Interests: Sports Health, Osteoporosis, Growth Problems, Arthroscopic Surgery, Arthroplasty, Carpal Tunnel ... (Read more)

Dr. Stephen Stewart Bridge, MD
Specializes in Urology
4060 Fourth Avenue; Suite 310
San Diego, CA
 

Dr. Stephen Bridge is a medical specialist in urology (urinary tract disease). He has a special interest in urologic (genitourinary) disorders. He is professionally affiliated with Scripps Mercy Hospital. Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Bridge takes. Dr. Bridge has an open panel. He graduated from the University of Texas Medical School at Houston. His residency was performed at Memorial Hermann.

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Clinical Interests: Urologic Disorders

2013 Procedure Details

  • Medicare Volume: 13
  • Uninsured Cost: $2,550
  • Medicare Cost: $843

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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.