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We found 16 providers with an interest in hernia and who accept Anthem Blue Cross PPO near Santa Monica, CA.

Dr. Francis Charles Brunicardi, MD
Specializes in General Surgery, Colon & Rectal Surgery
1304 15th Street; Suite 102
Santa Monica, CA
 

Dr. Francis Brunicardi practices general surgery and colon & rectal surgery. He graduated from UMDNJ-Robert Wood Johnson Medical School and UMDNJ-New Jersey Medical School. His medical residency was performed at a hospital affiliated with SUNY Downstate Medical Center. Dr. Brunicardi's areas of expertise include gallbladder removal surgery (cholecystectomy), gastrointestinal surgery, and neuroendocrine tumors. He is rated 4.5 stars out of 5 by his patients. He accepts Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Medi-Cal, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Brunicardi has received the following distinctions: Top Doctors, Castle Connolly Medical Ltd.; Top Physicians in 42 Specialties Selected by Peer Recognition; and Los Angeles Magazine. Dr. Brunicardi's hospital/clinic affiliations include UCLA Medical Center, Santa Monica and Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center. He is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , hernia

All Interests: Thyroid Problems, Pancreatic Cancer, Endocrine Surgery, Laparoscopic Surgery, Adrenal Disorders, ... (Read more)

Dr. Matthew Alan Lublin, MD
Specializes in General Surgery
2001 Santa Monica Boulevard; Suite 860w
Santa Monica, CA
 

Dr. Matthew Lublin is a specialist in general surgery. He works in Santa Monica, CA and Tarzana, CA. He attended the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), David Geffen School of Medicine and then went on to complete his residency at The Mount Sinai Medical Center, New York. His areas of expertise include obesity, thyroid problems, and colon cancer. Dr. Lublin has received a 5.0 out of 5 star rating by his patients. Dr. Lublin honors several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield. He has received professional recognition including the following: Southern California Super Doctors. He is conversant in Spanish. He is affiliated with Providence Medical Institute and Providence Tarzana Medical Center. Dr. Lublin welcomes new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , inguinal hernia

All Interests: Thyroid Problems, Inguinal Hernia, Skin Cancer, Weight Management, Acid Reflux, Colon Cancer, ... (Read more)

Dr. Tracey Rochelle Childs, MD
Specializes in General Surgery, Colon & Rectal Surgery
1304 15th Street; Suite 102
Santa Monica, CA
 

Dr. Tracey Childs practices general surgery and colon & rectal surgery in Santa Monica, CA. Dr. Childs is conversant in Spanish. Her clinical interests include rectal cancer, colon cancer, and gallbladder problems. She is professionally affiliated with UCLA Medical Center, Santa Monica. Dr. Childs graduated from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), David Geffen School of Medicine. The average patient rating for Dr. Childs is 4.0 stars out of 5. She is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Aetna. She has received professional recognition including the following: Southern California Super Doctors. New patients are welcome to contact Dr. Childs's office for an appointment.

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Relevant Interests: , femoral hernia, incisional hernia, epigastric hernia

All Interests: Tumor, Colon Polyps, Diverticular Disease, Breast Issues, Rectal Problems, Incisional Hernia, ... (Read more)

Dr. Kristine Renee Penner, MD
Specializes in General Surgery, Gynecologic Oncology
10833 Le Conte Avenue
Los Angeles, CA
 

Dr. Kristine Penner is a physician who specializes in general surgery and gynecologic oncology. Dr. Penner is especially interested in gallbladder removal surgery (cholecystectomy), colectomy (colon resection), and robotic-assisted gynecologic surgery. She is professionally affiliated with UC Irvine Medical Center, Los Alamitos Medical Center, and Long Beach Memorial Medical Center. She takes Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield, in addition to other insurance carriers. She studied medicine at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF), School of Medicine. Dr. Penner's medical residency was performed at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). She has received the following distinction: Southern California Rising Stars. Dr. Penner speaks Spanish.

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All Interests: Cancer Surgery, Colectomy, Endometrial Cancer, Da Vinci Surgery, Minimally Invasive Surgery, ... (Read more)

Dr. Jay Moon Lee, MD
Specializes in General Surgery, Thoracic Surgery
200 Ucla Medical Plaza; Suite B265 (b2 Level)
Los Angeles, CA
 

Dr. Jay Lee sees patients in Los Angeles, CA. His medical specialties are general surgery and thoracic surgery. His areas of expertise include the following: thoracic outlet syndrome, video-assisted thoracoscopic surgery (VATS), and collapsed lung (pneumothorax). He is in-network for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Lee is a graduate of the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), David Geffen School of Medicine. His medical residency was performed at Georgetown University Medical Center, Brigham and Women's Hospital, and Duke University Medical Center. Awards and/or distinctions he has received include Southern California Super Doctors; Los Angeles Magazine's "Super Doctors" List; and UCLA Health Leadership Academy, Advisory Board. Dr. Lee is affiliated with UCLA Medical Center, Santa Monica and Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center. New patients are welcome to contact Dr. Lee's office for an appointment.

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Relevant Interests: , diaphragmatic hernia, hiatal hernia

All Interests: Thoracic Outlet Syndrome, Pectus Excavatum, Tumor, Stenosis, Thoracic Problems, Hiatal Hernia, ... (Read more)

Dr. Erik Patrick Dutson, MD
Specializes in Surgery
200 Medical Plaza; Suite 214
Los Angeles, CA
 

Dr. Erik Dutson is a general surgery specialist. These areas are among his clinical interests: sleeve gastrectomy, gallbladder problems, and liver disease. He is an in-network provider for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Dutson studied medicine at Eastern Virginia Medical School. He trained at a hospital affiliated with Eastern Virginia Medical School for residency. Dr. Dutson speaks French. He is professionally affiliated with UCLA Medical Center, Santa Monica and Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center.

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Relevant Interests: , femoral hernia, incisional hernia, hiatal hernia

All Interests: Pain, Achalasia, Tumor, Colon Polyps, Diverticular Disease, Sleeve Gastrectomy, Incisional Hernia, ... (Read more)

Dr. Daniel Alberto Deugarte, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Surgery, General Surgery
200 Ucla Medical Plaza; Suite 265
Los Angeles, CA
 

Dr. Daniel Deugarte's specialties are pediatric surgery and general surgery. He practices in Torrance, CA and Los Angeles, CA. His areas of expertise include adrenal cancer, liver disease, and inguinal hernia repair. He honors Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Deugarte attended the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), David Geffen School of Medicine and subsequently trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) for residency. He has received professional recognition including the following: Southern California Super Doctors. Dr. Deugarte speaks Spanish. His professional affiliations include UCLA Medical Center, Santa Monica, Torrance Memorial Medical Center, and Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center.

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Relevant Interests: , epigastric hernia

All Interests: Thyroid Problems, Pectus Excavatum, Hernia Surgery, Liver Cancer, Colon Problems, Endocrine ... (Read more)

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Specializes in General Surgery, Surgical Oncology
1950 Sawtelle Boulevard; Suite 145
Los Angeles, CA
 

Dr. Robert Uyeda works as a general surgeon and surgical oncologist. His clinical interests include breast pain, colectomy (colon resection), and hernia. He is affiliated with Cedars-Sinai. Dr. Uyeda takes Health Net, Anthem, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield, in addition to other insurance carriers. New patients are welcome to contact his office for an appointment. He graduated from Boston University School of Medicine. Dr. Uyeda's residency was performed at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center. Dr. Uyeda speaks Japanese.

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All Interests: Breast Pain, Breast Biopsy, Breast Issues, Colectomy, Gallstones, Gallbladder Problems, Surgical ... (Read more)

Dr. David William Bliss, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Surgery, General Surgery
1301 20th Street; Suite 460
Santa Monica, CA
 

Dr. David Bliss is a medical specialist in pediatric surgery and general surgery. Dr. Bliss's areas of expertise consist of video-assisted thoracoscopic surgery (VATS), inflammatory bowel disease, and hernia. He is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Medi-Cal. Before completing his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Michigan, Dr. Bliss attended medical school at the University of California, San Diego (UCSD), School of Medicine. He is conversant in Spanish. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Children's Hospital Los Angeles (CHLA) and Cedars-Sinai.

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Relevant Interests: , hernia

All Interests: Video-Assisted Thoracoscopic Surgery, Surgical Procedures, Hernia, Inflammatory Bowel Disease

Dr. Darryl Toshio Hiyama, MD
Specializes in Surgery
200 Medical Plaza; #214
Los Angeles, CA
 

Dr. Darryl Hiyama is a general surgery specialist. Dr. Hiyama's areas of expertise include rectal cancer, colon cancer, and gallbladder problems. He is professionally affiliated with Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center. After completing medical school at the University of Hawaii at Manoa, John A. Burns School of Medicine, he performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Cincinnati. He accepts Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Hiyama has received distinctions including Southern California Super Doctors; Los Angeles Super Doctors; and Alpha Omega Alpha Golden Scalpel Teaching Award 2010, Professor.

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Relevant Interests: , femoral hernia, incisional hernia, epigastric hernia, hiatal hernia

All Interests: Thyroid Problems, Achalasia, Thyroid Cancer, Tumor, Colon Polyps, Incisional Hernia, Hernia ... (Read more)

Dr. Yijun Chen, MD
Specializes in Surgery
200 Medical Plaza; Suite 214
Los Angeles, CA
 

Dr. Yijun Chen is a specialist in general surgery. He works in Los Angeles, CA. These areas are among Dr. Chen's clinical interests: achalasia, sleeve gastrectomy, and gallbladder problems. He takes several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield. He obtained his medical school training at Fourth Military Medical University and performed his residency at Stanford University Medical Center. He has received the following distinction: Arnold P. Gold Foundation's Humanism and Excellence in Teaching Award. In addition to English, Dr. Chen speaks Mandarin. His professional affiliations include UCLA Medical Center, Santa Monica and Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center.

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Relevant Interests: , hiatal hernia

All Interests: Achalasia, Sleeve Gastrectomy, Hiatal Hernia, Upper Gastrointestinal Surgery, Acid Reflux, ... (Read more)

Dr. Marjorie Blank Fine, MD
Specializes in Surgery
2021 Santa Monica Boulevard; Suite 625 E
Santa Monica, CA
 

Dr. Marjorie Fine is a Santa Monica, CA physician who specializes in general surgery. Areas of expertise for Dr. Fine include rectal cancer, colon cancer, and gallbladder problems. Dr. Fine is affiliated with UCLA Medical Center, Santa Monica. Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Fine honors. Dr. Fine attended the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), David Geffen School of Medicine and then went on to complete her residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). She has received professional recognition including the following: Southern California Super Doctors; Top Women Southern California Super Doctors; and Southern California Super Doctors 2008. In addition to English, she speaks Spanish.

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Relevant Interests: , femoral hernia, incisional hernia, epigastric hernia

All Interests: Thyroid Problems, Thyroid Cancer, Tumor, Diverticular Disease, Breast Issues, Incisional Hernia, ... (Read more)

Dr. David Chia-Chang Chen, MD
Specializes in Surgery
1304 15th Street; Suite 102
Santa Monica, CA
 

Dr. David Chen practices general surgery. Areas of expertise for Dr. Chen include rectal cancer, colon cancer, and thyroid cancer. He is an in-network provider for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Shield, and more. Dr. Chen is a graduate of the University of California, Davis, School of Medicine. He completed his residency training at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). Awards and/or distinctions he has received include Award for Excellence in Education, David Geffen School Of Medicine at UCLA; UCLA Department of Surgery Golden Scalpel Assistant Professor Teaching Award; and Pacific Coast Surgical Association 84th Annual Meeting New Member's Award. Dr. Chen's hospital/clinic affiliations include UCLA Medical Center, Santa Monica and Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center.

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Relevant Interests: , femoral hernia, incisional hernia, epigastric hernia

All Interests: Thyroid Problems, Pain, Thyroid Cancer, Tumor, Breast Issues, Rectal Problems, Incisional Hernia, ... (Read more)

Dr. Timothy Ryan Donahue, MD
Specializes in Surgery
200 Medical Plaza; Suite 214
Los Angeles, CA
 

Dr. Timothy Donahue is a specialist in general surgery. He works in Los Angeles, CA. His areas of expertise include colon cancer, gallbladder problems, and inguinal hernia repair. Dr. Donahue is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield. He studied medicine at Northwestern University, Feinberg School of Medicine. He trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) for residency. Distinctions awarded to Dr. Donahue include: NIH LRP Renewal; NIH Loan Repayment Program (LRP); and Most Outstanding Chief Resident Medical Student Teaching Award. He is affiliated with Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center.

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Relevant Interests: , femoral hernia, epigastric hernia, hiatal hernia

All Interests: Achalasia, Tumor, Colon Polyps, Diverticular Disease, Hernia Surgery, Hiatal Hernia, Pancreatic ... (Read more)

Dr. Jane Yanagawa, MD
Specializes in Thoracic Surgery
200 Ucla Medical Plaza; Suite B265 (b2 Level)
Los Angeles, CA
 

Dr. Jane Yanagawa is a cardiothoracic surgeon. She studied medicine at Baylor College of Medicine. Dr. Yanagawa trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, San Diego (UCSD) for her residency. Areas of expertise for Dr. Yanagawa include esophageal cancer, thoracic outlet syndrome, and video-assisted thoracoscopic surgery (VATS). She is an in-network provider for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Shield, and more. Her hospital/clinic affiliations include UCLA Medical Center, Santa Monica and Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center.

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Relevant Interests: , diaphragmatic hernia

All Interests: Thoracic Outlet Syndrome, Pectus Excavatum, Thoracic Problems, Mediastinal Disease, Thoracic ... (Read more)

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Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
361 South Canon Drive
Beverly Hills, CA
 

Dr. Pedram Enayati is an adult gastroenterology specialist. After completing medical school at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), David Geffen School of Medicine, Dr. Enayati performed his residency at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center. Areas of expertise for Dr. Enayati include esophageal cancer, achalasia, and inflammatory bowel disease. On average, patients gave him a rating of 3.5 stars out of 5. He takes Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Medi-Cal, and more. He has received the following distinction: Southern California Rising Stars. Dr. Enayati speaks Spanish. He is affiliated with Cedars-Sinai.

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Relevant Interests: , hernia

All Interests: Pain, Achalasia, Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Nausea, Acid Reflux, Esophagus Problems, Esophageal ... (Read more)

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What is a Hernia?

A hernia happens when tissue from inside the body pushes through a weak spot in the abdominal muscles, coming through to the front of the body under the skin. Hernias happen most often in the groin area. Some hernias are extremely painful, and some feel numb or do not hurt at all. While most hernias are not an emergency, all hernias require surgery to move the tissue back into the correct place and reinforce the muscle wall.

Hernia surgery can be performed as open surgery, where an incision is made directly over the hernia, or laparoscopically, where several small incisions are made and the surgery is performed using very small tools and cameras in thin flexible tubes. The surgeon simply places the herniated tissue back into place and closes up the muscle. Small hernias may be only sutured or stapled closed, while larger hernias may be reinforced with mesh to prevent future hernias. A hernia surgery is called herniorraphy and a hernia surgery with implanted mesh is called hernioplasty.

Unless a hernia is very large or there are surgical complications, most patients go home from the hospital the same day as their surgery. You will be given specific instructions on how to care for your surgical wound by your medical team. In general, it takes a few days to be back on your feet and two to three weeks to fully recover from hernia surgery. After hernia surgery, it is important to drink lots of water and eat high fiber foods to prevent straining during bowel movements, which may cause pain and pressure at the hernia site. It’s also important to refrain from heavy lifting for several weeks in order to protect the abdominal muscles until they fully heal.