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Dr. Michael Karim Newman, MD
Specializes in Plastic Surgery
3440 Lomita Boulevard; Suite 100
Torrance, CA
 

Dr. Michael Newman's specialty is plastic surgery. His clinical interests include eyelid surgery, dermabrasion, and mini tummy tuck. Patient reviews placed him at an average of 5.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Newman takes several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry. Dr. Newman is a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Medicine and the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), David Geffen School of Medicine. He trained at a hospital affiliated with Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) for residency. He has received professional recognition including the following: Patient's Choice Award; Compassionate Doctor Award; and Super Doctors List. In addition to English, he speaks Spanish. He is affiliated with Torrance Memorial Medical Center, VCU Health Center & MCV Hospital and Physicians, and Providence Saint John's Health Center. Dr. Newman has an open panel.

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Relevant Interests: , endoscopic surgery

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

Dr. Daniel Robert Stephenson, MD
Specializes in Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery, Sports Medicine
23456 Hawthorne Boulevard; Suite 300
Torrance, CA
 

Dr. Daniel Stephenson's specialties are orthopedics/orthopedic surgery and sports medicine. He practices in Torrance, CA and Manhattan Beach, CA. Areas of expertise for Dr. Stephenson include knee problems, arthroscopic surgery, and sports health. He is affiliated with Torrance Memorial Medical Center and Providence Little Company of Mary Medical Center Torrance. Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Stephenson accepts. Dr. Stephenson welcomes new patients. His education and training includes medical school at the University of Southern California (USC), Keck School of Medicine and residency at Los Angeles County+USC Medical Center. He has received the following distinctions: Southern California Rising Stars and Southern California Super Doctors. He speaks Spanish.

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Relevant Interests: , arthroscopic surgery

All Interests: Sports Health, Elbow Problems, Shoulder Problems, Knee Problems, Arthroscopic Surgery, Carpal ... (Read more)

Dr. Charles William Spenler, MD
Specializes in Plastic Surgery
3440 Lomita Boulevard; Suite 100
Torrance, CA
 

Dr. Charles Spenler's specialty is plastic surgery. Before completing his residency at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center, Dr. Spenler attended medical school at the University of Iowa, Carver College of Medicine. His clinical interests include eyelid surgery, dermabrasion, and mini tummy tuck. Dr. Spenler is an in-network provider for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, in addition to other insurance carriers. He is affiliated with Little Company of Mary Hospital, Torrance Memorial Medical Center, and Community Hospital Long Beach. New patients are welcome to contact his office for an appointment.

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Relevant Interests: , minimally invasive surgery

All Interests: Breast Reconstruction Revision, Dermabrasion, Breast Augmentation, Nipple Surgery, Injectable ... (Read more)

Dr. Lawrence Martin Flechner, PhD, MD
Specializes in Urology
23600 Telo Avenue 220
Torrance, CA
 

Dr. Lawrence Flechner is an urology (urinary tract disease) specialist. His areas of expertise include the following: urologic (genitourinary) disorders, robotic surgery, and circumcision. Dr. Flechner takes Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, in addition to other insurance carriers. He attended the University of California, San Diego (UCSD), School of Medicine and subsequently trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) for residency. He has received professional recognition including the following: Southern California Rising Stars. He is conversant in Hebrew. Dr. Flechner is affiliated with Torrance Memorial Medical Center and Providence Little Company of Mary Medical Center Torrance. New patients are welcome to contact his office for an appointment.

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Relevant Interests: , minimally invasive surgery, robotic surgery

All Interests: Infertility, Circumcision, Minimally Invasive Surgery, Urologic Disorders, Endocrine Diseases, ... (Read more)

Dr. Juan Carlos Frisancho, MD
Specializes in Adult Orthopedic Reconstructive Surgery
1360 West 6th Street; Suite 305, North Building
San Pedro, CA
 

Dr. Juan Frisancho's medical specialty is adult orthopedic reconstructive surgery. In addition to English, he speaks Spanish. His areas of expertise include hip replacement, knee problems, and knee replacement. Dr. Frisancho is professionally affiliated with Torrance Memorial Medical Center, Providence Little Company of Mary Medical Center San Pedro, and Providence Little Company of Mary Medical Center Torrance. After completing medical school at the University of Michigan Medical School, Dr. Frisancho performed his residency at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center, Martin Luther King, Jr.-Harbor Hospital, and a hospital affiliated with Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science. He is an in-network provider for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, in addition to other insurance carriers. New patients are welcome to contact his office for an appointment.

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Relevant Interests: , arthroscopic surgery, minimally invasive surgery

All Interests: Sports Health, Hip Problems, Fractures, Knee Problems, Arthroscopic Surgery, Minimally Invasive ... (Read more)

Dr. Matthew Phillip Ostrom, MD
Specializes in Adult Cardiology, Nuclear Cardiology, Cardiac Electrophysiology
2841 Lomita Boulevard; Suite 100
Torrance, CA
 

Dr. Matthew Ostrom is a Torrance, CA physician who specializes in adult cardiology, nuclear cardiology, and cardiac electrophysiology (heart rhythm). Before performing his residency at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center, Dr. Ostrom attended Loyola University Chicago, Stritch School of Medicine. He takes Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Ostrom has received the distinction of Southern California Rising Stars. His professional affiliations include Torrance Memorial Medical Center and Providence Little Company of Mary Medical Center Torrance. He is open to new patients.

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2013 Procedure Details

Source: Medicare Provider Utilization and Payment Data

  • Volume: 49
  • Charge (avg.): $4,958 - $6,864
  • Negotiated Rate (avg.): $461 - $875
Dr. Kay May Madeleine Kwok, MD
Specializes in General Obstetrics & Gynecology
3400 Lomita Boulevard; Suite 607
Torrance, CA
 

Dr. Kay May Kwok's medical specialty is general obstetrics & gynecology. In addition to English, she speaks Spanish. Dr. Kwok's areas of expertise include the following: minimally invasive surgery, menopause, and high risk pregnancy. She is affiliated with Providence Little Company of Mary Medical Center Torrance. Before performing her residency at Los Angeles County+USC Medical Center, Dr. Kwok attended George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences for medical school. On average, patients gave Dr. Kwok a rating of 3.5 stars out of 5. She takes Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, as well as other insurance carriers. She is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , minimally invasive surgery

All Interests: Menopause, Infertility, Minimally Invasive Surgery, Hormone Replacement Therapy, High Risk ... (Read more)

Dr. Ramin Mirhashemi, MD
Specializes in Gynecologic Oncology
23600 Telo Avenue 250
Torrance, CA
 

Dr. Ramin Mirhashemi is a gynecologic oncology specialist. After completing medical school at the University of Southern California (USC), Keck School of Medicine, he performed his residency at Brigham and Women's Hospital and a hospital affiliated with Harvard Medical School. In his practice, Dr. Mirhashemi focuses on gynecologic cancer and robotic surgery. Patient reviews placed him at an average of 4.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Mirhashemi is in-network for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, in addition to other insurance carriers. He has received the distinction of Southern California Super Doctors. In addition to English, Dr. Mirhashemi (or staff) speaks Spanish and Persian. His professional affiliations include Torrance Memorial Medical Center and Providence Little Company of Mary Medical Center Torrance. Dr. Mirhashemi's practice is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , robotic surgery

All Interests: Gynecologic Cancer, Robotic Surgery

Specializes in General Gynecology
1294 W 6th Street; Suite 105
San Pedro, CA
 

Dr. Maureen Mulvihill practices general gynecology in San Pedro, CA. She has received a 4.5 out of 5 star rating by her patients. She has a special interest in minimally invasive surgery, women's health issues, and hormone replacement therapy. Dr. Mulvihill takes several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry. She attended Tulane University School of Medicine and then went on to complete her residency at Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center - Shreveport. She speaks Spanish. Dr. Mulvihill is professionally affiliated with Miller Children's & Women's Hospital Long Beach, Torrance Memorial Medical Center, and Providence Little Company of Mary Medical Center San Pedro. She welcomes new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , minimally invasive surgery

All Interests: Minimally Invasive Surgery, Hormone Replacement Therapy, Women's Health Issues

Specializes in Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery
1350 West 6th Street; Suite 2
San Pedro, CA
 

Dr. Richard Smith specializes in orthopedics/orthopedic surgery. Dr. Smith's areas of clinical interest consist of hip replacement, minimally invasive surgery, and knee replacement. He has a 4.0 out of 5 star average patient rating. He honors Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Smith graduated from the University of Louisville School of Medicine. His medical residency was performed at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, Irvine. He speaks Spanish. He is affiliated with Providence Little Company of Mary Medical Center San Pedro. He welcomes new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , minimally invasive surgery

All Interests: Foot Surgery, Ankle Surgery, Minimally Invasive Surgery, Hip Replacement, Knee Replacement

Dr. Mercedeh Baghai, MD
Specializes in General Surgery
23600 Telo Avenue; Suite 150
Torrance, CA
 

Dr. Mercedeh Baghai is a general surgeon. Her areas of expertise include the following: obesity, breast surgery, and robotic surgery. She honors several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry. After completing medical school at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF), School of Medicine, Dr. Baghai performed her residency at Mayo Clinic. Dr. Baghai speaks Persian. Her hospital/clinic affiliations include Torrance Memorial Medical Center and Providence Little Company of Mary Medical Center Torrance. She is accepting new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , minimally invasive surgery, robotic surgery, laparoscopic gastric banding

All Interests: Laparoscopic Gastric Banding, Breast Surgery, Weight Management, Acid Reflux, Obesity, Minimally ... (Read more)

2013 Procedure Details

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  • Volume: 31
  • Charge (avg.): $1,975 - $4,231
  • Negotiated Rate (avg.): $521 - $631

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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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