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Dr. William D Fuller, MD
Specializes in General Surgery, Bariatric Surgery
4060 Fourth Avenue; Suite 330
San Diego, CA
 

Dr. William Fuller works as a general surgeon and bariatric surgeon. In his practice, he is particularly interested in laparoscopic surgery, robotic surgery, and weight loss surgery (bariatric surgery). He accepts Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Fuller's education and training includes medical school at the University of Maryland School of Medicine and residency at Georgetown University Medical Center. Dr. Fuller is conversant in Spanish. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Scripps Memorial Hospital La Jolla, Scripps Mercy Hospital, and Scripps Clinic Torrey Pines. He has an open panel.

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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 works as a general surgeon and bariatric surgeon. Patients rated him highly, giving him an average 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's professional affiliations include Scripps Memorial Hospital La Jolla and Alvarado Hospital Medical Center. Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Shield, and Health Net are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Bhoyrul honors. He is accepting new patients. He graduated from the University of Aberdeen, College of Life Sciences and Medicine and then he performed his residency at Stanford University Medical Center. He has received the following distinction: San Diego Super Doctors. Dr. Bhoyrul (or staff) speaks the following languages: French and Hindi.

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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. 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. His patients gave him an average rating of 5.0 out of 5 stars. These areas are among his clinical interests: laparoscopic surgery and weight loss surgery (bariatric surgery). Dr. Rumsey is professionally affiliated with Scripps Mercy Hospital. He is an in-network provider for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Shield, and more. He is open to new patients. Before performing his residency at Children's Hospital Boston and a hospital affiliated with the University of Hawaii at Manoa, Dr. Rumsey attended George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences for medical school. He has received the following distinction: San Diego Super Doctors.

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Relevant Interests: , laparoscopic surgery

All Interests: Weight Loss Surgery, Laparoscopic Surgery

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

Dr. Mark Huang sees patients in Chula Vista, CA and San Diego, CA. His medical specialty is cardiothoracic surgery. He attended Albany Medical College for medical school and subsequently trained at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital and a hospital affiliated with the University of California, Davis for residency. His clinical interests include thoracotomy (incision between the ribs), lung cancer, and bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery. Dr. Huang takes Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Medi-Cal, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Huang is affiliated with Scripps Mercy Hospital and Sharp HealthCare. He 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. Hugo Hernan Barrera, MD
Specializes in General Surgery, Bariatric Surgery
786 3rd Avenue; #b
Chula Vista, CA
 

Dr. Hugo Barrera sees patients in Chula Vista, CA. His medical specialties are general surgery and bariatric surgery. His areas of expertise include the following: bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery, laparoscopic gastric bypass surgery, and colon surgery. He accepts Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and more. Dr. Barrera graduated from the University of Maryland School of Medicine. For his professional training, Dr. Barrera completed a residency program at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, San Diego (UCSD). Dr. Barrera is conversant in Spanish. He is affiliated with Scripps Mercy Hospital and Sharp HealthCare. He 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

  • Medicare Volume: 12
  • Uninsured Cost: $1,845
  • Medicare Cost: $630
Dr. George G Zorn III, MD
Specializes in General Surgery, Bariatric Surgery
4060 4th Avenue; Suite 330
San Diego, CA
 

Dr. George Zorn is a specialist in general surgery and bariatric surgery. He works in San Diego, CA. Areas of expertise for Dr. Zorn include weight loss surgery (bariatric surgery). He is professionally affiliated with Scripps Mercy Hospital. Dr. Zorn is an in-network provider for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield, as well as other insurance carriers. He has an open panel. Before performing his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, Irvine, Dr. Zorn attended Loyola University Chicago, Stritch School of Medicine. He has received the following distinction: San Diego Super Doctors.

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Clinical Interests: Weight Loss Surgery

2013 Procedure Details

  • Medicare Volume: 21
  • Uninsured Cost: $1,438
  • Medicare Cost: $657
Dr. Yuan Hsiao Lin, MD
Specializes in Cardiac Surgery, Thoracic Surgery
786 3rd Avenue
Chula Vista, CA
 

Dr. Yuan Lin is a cardiac surgeon and thoracic surgeon. Areas of expertise for Dr. Lin include thoracotomy (incision between the ribs), bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery, and heart bypass surgery (CABG). He honors Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Medi-Cal, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Lin is a graduate of Taipei Medical University and a graduate of Allegheny General Hospital's residency program. He is professionally affiliated with Sharp HealthCare. He welcomes 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)

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

Dr. Gert Pretorius is a cardiothoracic surgery specialist. He studied medicine at the University of Pretoria School of Medicine. Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Pretorius takes. 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. Christopher S Pallia, MD
Specializes in Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery, Sports Medicine
230 Prospect Place; Suite 230
Coronado, CA
 

Dr. Christopher Pallia specializes in orthopedics/orthopedic surgery and sports medicine. His areas of expertise include arthroscopic surgery, sports health, and carpal tunnel syndrome. He has a 3.5 out of 5 star average patient rating. Dr. Pallia is in-network for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, as well as other insurance carriers. Before completing his residency at a hospital affiliated with Stony Brook University Medical Center, Dr. Pallia attended medical school at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), David Geffen School of Medicine. Dr. Pallia's hospital/clinic affiliations include Scripps Memorial Hospital La Jolla and Sharp HealthCare. He has an open panel.

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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 medical specialty is plastic surgery and hand surgery. Dr. Chao's areas of expertise include the following: dermabrasion, botulinum toxin injection, and breast augmentation. He is in-network for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, in addition to other insurance carriers. He studied medicine at New York University (NYU) School of Medicine and the University of Miami, Miller School of Medicine. He trained at Manhattan Eye, Ear & Throat Institute and NYU Langone Medical Center for residency. In addition to English, Dr. Chao (or staff) speaks Mandarin, Sign Language, and Spanish. He is professionally affiliated with Scripps Memorial Hospital La Jolla, Scripps Mercy Hospital, and Sharp HealthCare. 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. Maria Leonor Castillo, MD
Specializes in Other, Obstetrics & Gynecology
911 E Plaza Boulevard
National City, CA
 

Dr. Maria Castillo's specialty is obstetrics & gynecology. She speaks Spanish. Areas of expertise for Dr. Castillo include menopause, vaginal birth after cesarean (VBAC), and cryotherapy. She is affiliated with Scripps Memorial Hospital La Jolla and Sharp HealthCare. Dr. Castillo obtained her medical school training at Wayne State University School of Medicine and performed her residency at Henry Ford Hospital. The average patient rating for Dr. Castillo is 3.0 stars out of 5. She is an in-network provider for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and more. She welcomes 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 practices otolaryngology (ear, nose, and throat). 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. These areas are among his clinical interests: sleep disorders, endoscopic sinus surgery, and sinus problems. On average, patients gave him a rating of 1.5 stars out of 5. Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Sharp Health Plan are among the insurance carriers that Dr. McClain takes. He is conversant in Spanish. He is affiliated with Scripps Mercy Hospital and Sharp HealthCare. Dr. McClain 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. Michael Henry Verdolin, MD
Specializes in Anesthesiology, Interventional Pain Medicine
222 East Plaza Boulevard
National City, CA
 

Dr. Michael Verdolin is an anesthesiology and interventional pain medicine specialist. He has received a 4.0 out of 5 star rating by his patients. Dr. Verdolin's areas of expertise include the following: trigger point injections, sacroiliac (SI) joint injection, and epidural steroid injection. He 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 is a graduate of the University of Miami, Miller School of Medicine and a graduate of National Naval Medical Center's residency program. In addition to English, 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. Pourang Kamali, MD
Specializes in Obstetrics & Gynecology
769 Medical Center Court; Suite #301
Chula Vista, CA
 

Dr. Pourang Kamali is an obstetrician and gynecologist in Chula Vista, CA. He has received a 4.0 out of 5 star rating by his patients. Dr. Kamali's areas of expertise include colposcopy, menopause, and vaginal birth after cesarean (VBAC). Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Kamali accepts. He attended medical school at Ross University School of Medicine. For his residency, Dr. Kamali trained at Staten Island University Hospital. He speaks Persian. He is affiliated with Sharp HealthCare. His practice 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 is an orthopedic surgeon. His areas of expertise include knee replacement, arthroscopic surgery, and hip surgery. Dr. Burnikel honors Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, in addition to other insurance carriers. His education and training includes medical school at Temple University School of Medicine and residency at Ochsner Medical Center. Dr. Burnikel is professionally affiliated with Scripps Mercy Hospital and Sharp HealthCare. 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 practices orthopedics/orthopedic surgery and sports medicine. Dr. Valletta's areas of expertise include hip replacement, post-polio syndrome (PPS), and scoliosis. His patients gave him an average rating of 5.0 out of 5 stars. He takes several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and HealthSmart. He graduated from Des Moines University, College of Osteopathic Medicine and then he performed his residency at Mercy St. Vincent Medical Center, Toledo and St. Vincent Charity Medical Center, Cleveland. He is conversant in Spanish. Dr. Valletta is professionally affiliated with Scripps Memorial Hospital La Jolla, Scripps Mercy Hospital, and Sharp HealthCare. Dr. Valletta is open to new patients.

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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.