We found 120 providers matching minimally invasive surgery and who accept Blue Shield of California near Sherman Oaks, CA.

Dr. Stephen D Bresnick, MD
Specializes in Plastic Surgery, Bariatric Surgery
16633 Ventura Boulevard; Suite 110
Encino, CA
 

Dr. Stephen Bresnick, who practices in Encino, CA, is a medical specialist in plastic surgery and bariatric surgery. Dr. Bresnick attended the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), David Geffen School of Medicine and the University of California, San Diego (UCSD), School of Medicine and then went on to complete his residency at Stanford Hospital & Clinics. His clinical interests include eyelid surgery, dermabrasion, and mini tummy tuck. Patient ratings for Dr. Bresnick average 4.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Bresnick takes several insurance carriers, including Blue Shield, Anthem, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield. His distinctions include: Southern California Super Doctors; Southern California Super Doctors 2008; and RealSelf Top Doctor. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Providence Saint Joseph Medical Center and Providence Tarzana Medical Center. Dr. Bresnick is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , endoscopic surgery

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

Dr. Philippe Jean Quilici, MD
Specializes in General Surgery, Bariatric Surgery, Other
8635 W Third Street
Los Angeles, CA
 

Dr. Philippe Quilici practices general surgery and bariatric surgery in Burbank, CA and Los Angeles, CA. Dr. Quilici graduated from the University of the Mediterranean Aix-Marseille II Faculty of Medicine and then he performed his residency at Lenox Hill Hospital and a hospital affiliated with New York Medical College. His clinical interests include thyroid problems, cancer, and colectomy (colon resection). His patients gave him an average rating of 4.0 out of 5 stars. He is an in-network provider for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, as well as other insurance carriers. Awards and/or distinctions he has received include Southern California Super Doctors and Southern California Super Doctors 2008. Dr. Quilici (or staff) speaks Spanish and French. He is affiliated with Huntington Hospital, Providence Saint Joseph Medical Center, and Providence Tarzana Medical Center. He is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , minimally invasive surgery

All Interests: Colectomy, Surgical Procedures, Obesity, Cancer, Hernia, Gastric Bypass Surgery, Thyroid Problems, ... (Read more)

2013 Procedure Details

Source: Medicare Provider Utilization and Payment Data

  • Volume: 85
  • Charge (avg.): $1,955 - $4,307
  • Negotiated Rate (avg.): $468 - $851
Dr. Kasper Saonun Wang, MD
Specializes in Pediatric General Surgery
5363 Balboa Boulevard; Suite 121
Encino, CA
 

Dr. Kasper Wang sees patients in Los Angeles, CA and Encino, CA. His medical specialty is pediatric general surgery. Dr. Wang graduated from Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and then he performed his residency at Stanford Hospital & Clinics. He takes Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield, in addition to other insurance carriers. He is conversant in Spanish. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Providence Tarzana Medical Center and Children's Hospital Los Angeles (CHLA). Dr. Wang welcomes new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , minimally invasive surgery

All Interests: Pectus Excavatum, Solid Tumor, Minimally Invasive Surgery, Pectus Carinatum, Biliary Disorders, ... (Read more)

Specializes in Pediatric Surgery
8723 Alden Drive; Steven Spielberg Building, Suite 240
Los Angeles, CA
 

Dr. Philip Frykman is a pediatric surgeon. Areas of expertise for Dr. Frykman include video-assisted thoracoscopic surgery (VATS), colorectal surgery procedures, and crohn's disease. Dr. Frykman honors Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, HealthSmart, and more. He attended the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School and then went on to complete his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Cincinnati. He is professionally affiliated with Children's Hospital Los Angeles (CHLA) and Cedars-Sinai.

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Relevant Interests: , video-assisted thoracoscopic surgery (VATS)

All Interests: Pain, Pectus Excavatum, Ulcerative Colitis, Colorectal Surgery Procedures, Nausea, Nissen ... (Read more)

Dr. Nojan Toomari, DO
Specializes in General Surgery, Bariatric Surgery, Surgical Oncology, Trauma Surgery, Colon & Rectal Surgery
18200 Ventura Boulevard
Tarzana, CA
 

Dr. Nojan Toomari works as a general surgeon, bariatric surgeon, and cancer surgeon. He has a 4.0 out of 5 star average patient rating. Clinical interests for Dr. Toomari include obesity, minimally invasive surgery, and breast surgery. Dr. Toomari is professionally affiliated with Providence Tarzana Medical Center and Facey Medical Group. Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Medi-Cal, and Kaiser Permanente are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Toomari honors. Dr. Toomari welcomes new patients. He attended medical school at Western University of Health Sciences, College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific. Dr. Toomari's residency was performed at Arrowhead Regional Medical Center. Dr. Toomari (or staff) speaks Spanish and Persian.

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Relevant Interests: , minimally invasive surgery

All Interests: Obesity, Minimally Invasive Surgery, Breast Surgery, Hernia Surgery, Colorectal Cancer, Gastric ... (Read more)

Specializes in Other, Thoracic Surgery
8631 W. Third Street
Los Angeles, CA
 

Dr. Harmik Soukiasian is a thoracic surgeon. Dr. Soukiasian's education and training includes medical school at the University of Southern California (USC), Keck School of Medicine and residency at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center. Areas of expertise for Dr. Soukiasian include thoracic outlet syndrome, achalasia, and lung volume reduction surgery (LVRS). He accepts Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Soukiasian has received the following distinction: Southern California Super Doctors. Dr. Soukiasian (or staff) speaks the following foreign languages: Armenian and Persian. He is affiliated with Cedars-Sinai.

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Relevant Interests: , video-assisted thoracoscopic surgery (VATS), VATS lobectomy

All Interests: Achalasia, Esophageal Spasm, Upper Endoscopy, Esophagus Problems, Myasthenia Gravis, Heller ... (Read more)

2013 Procedure Details

Source: Medicare Provider Utilization and Payment Data

  • Volume: 73
  • Charge (avg.): $141 - $1,449
  • Negotiated Rate (avg.): $35 - $357
Dr. Houshmand Joseph Naim, MD
Specializes in General Surgery, Bariatric Surgery, Other
8631 W. 3rd Street; Suit #444
Los Angeles, CA
 

Dr. Houshmand Naim's specialties are general surgery and bariatric surgery. He practices in Los Angeles, CA and Wilmongton, CA. He is rated 4.5 stars out of 5 by his patients. Areas of expertise for Dr. Naim include obesity, gastric bypass surgery, and gallbladder removal surgery (cholecystectomy). Dr. Naim is affiliated with Cedars-Sinai. He honors Blue Cross/Blue Shield, CIGNA EPO, and Medi-Cal, in addition to other insurance carriers. He obtained his medical school training at Mount Sinai School of Medicine and performed his residency at New York Methodist Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , laparoscopic gastric banding

All Interests: Type 1 Diabetes, Laparoscopic Gastric Banding, Gallstones, Hypertension, Nissen Fundoplication, ... (Read more)

2013 Procedure Details

Source: Medicare Provider Utilization and Payment Data

  • Volume: 23
  • Charge (avg.): $10,200 - $17,000
  • Negotiated Rate (avg.): $921 - $1,263
Dr. David William Bliss, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Surgery, General Surgery
8635 W Third Street
Los Angeles, CA
 

Dr. David Bliss is a pediatric surgeon and general surgeon in Los Angeles, CA and Santa Monica, CA. Dr. Bliss obtained his medical school training at the University of California, San Diego (UCSD), School of Medicine and performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Michigan. His clinical interests encompass video-assisted thoracoscopic surgery (VATS), inflammatory bowel disease, and hernia. He takes several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Medi-Cal. 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: , video-assisted thoracoscopic surgery (VATS)

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

Specializes in Cardiothoracic Surgery
8700 Beverly Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA
 

Dr. Wen Cheng is a physician who specializes in cardiothoracic surgery. Clinical interests for Dr. Cheng include lung transplant, robotic cardiac surgery, and aortic aneurysm. Dr. Cheng takes Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, HealthSmart, and more. His education and training includes medical school at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and residency at a hospital affiliated with Johns Hopkins University. He has received distinctions including Southern California Super Doctors; Southern California Super Doctors 2008; and Los Angeles Super Doctors. Dr. Cheng speaks Mandarin. He is affiliated with Cedars-Sinai.

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Relevant Interests: , robotic cardiac surgery

All Interests: Heart Bypass Surgery, Mitral Valve Surgery, Bicuspid Aortic Valve Disease, Lung Transplant, Robotic ... (Read more)

2013 Procedure Details

Source: Medicare Provider Utilization and Payment Data

  • Volume: 29
  • Charge (avg.): $5,005
  • Negotiated Rate (avg.): $1,120

Specializes in General Surgery, Bariatric Surgery, Other, Critical Care
8700 Beverly Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA
 

Dr. Scott Cunneen is a general surgeon, bariatric surgeon, and intensive care specialist. Dr. Cunneen's areas of expertise include the following: colorectal surgery procedures, stomach surgery, and gallbladder removal surgery (cholecystectomy). He takes several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and HealthSmart. His education and training includes medical school at Georgetown University School of Medicine and residency at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center. He has received the distinction of Southern California Super Doctors. Dr. Cunneen is professionally affiliated with Cedars-Sinai.

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Clinical Interests: Gallstones, Colorectal Surgery Procedures, Weight Loss, Nissen Fundoplication, Acid Reflux, ... (Read more)

2013 Procedure Details

Source: Medicare Provider Utilization and Payment Data

  • Volume: 18
  • Charge (avg.): $4,766
  • Negotiated Rate (avg.): $1,251

Specializes in Thoracic Surgery
8635 W 3rd Street; Suite 975w
Los Angeles, CA
 

Dr. Ali Mahtabifard's medical specialty is thoracic surgery. Dr. Mahtabifard has a special interest in video-assisted thoracoscopic surgery (VATS), lung cancer, and photodynamic therapy (PDT). His patients gave him an average rating of 4.0 out of 5 stars. He accepts Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Medi-Cal, in addition to other insurance carriers. He obtained his medical school training at New York Medical College and performed his residency at Massachusetts General Hospital and Saint Vincent Catholic Medical Centers. Dr. Mahtabifard (or staff) speaks French and Persian. He is professionally affiliated with Torrance Memorial Medical Center and Cedars-Sinai.

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Relevant Interests: , video-assisted thoracoscopic surgery (VATS)

All Interests: Lobectomy, Esophagus Problems, Video-Assisted Thoracoscopic Surgery, Surgical Procedures, Trachea ... (Read more)

Specializes in Vascular Surgery, Cardiothoracic Surgery
127 S. San Vicente Boulevard; Suite A3600
Los Angeles, CA
 

Dr. Aamir Shah is a vascular surgery and cardiothoracic surgery specialist. He graduated from Boston University School of Medicine. Dr. Shah's training includes residency programs at Jackson Memorial Medical Center and the University of Chicago Medical Center. His clinical interests include heart bypass surgery (CABG), angina, and carotid artery surgery. He accepts several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and HealthSmart. Dr. Shah has received professional recognition including the following: Southern California Super Doctors. Dr. Shah (or staff) is conversant in Urdu and French. He is professionally affiliated with Cedars-Sinai.

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Clinical Interests: Heart Bypass Surgery, Atrial Fibrillation, Aortic Valve Surgery, Atrial Septal Defect, ... (Read more)

2013 Procedure Details

Source: Medicare Provider Utilization and Payment Data

  • Volume: 13
  • Charge (avg.): $7,608
  • Negotiated Rate (avg.): $1,012

Specializes in Cardiothoracic Surgery
127 S San Vicente Boulevard; A-3600
Los Angeles, CA
 

Dr. Danny Ramzy is a cardiothoracic surgery specialist. These areas are among his clinical interests: video-assisted thoracoscopic surgery (VATS), myocarditis, and heart bypass surgery (CABG). He honors Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and HealthSmart, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Ramzy is a graduate of McMaster University Faculty of Health Sciences. Dr. Ramzy has received professional recognition including the following: Southern California Super Doctors. In addition to English, he speaks French. He is affiliated with Cedars-Sinai.

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Relevant Interests: , robotic cardiac surgery, video-assisted thoracoscopic surgery (VATS)

All Interests: Heart Bypass Surgery, Atrial Fibrillation, Women's Heart Disease, Cardiomyopathy, Aortic Stenosis, ... (Read more)

Specializes in Cardiothoracic Surgery
8700 Beverly Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA
 

Dr. Alfredo Trento works as a cardiothoracic surgeon. He studied medicine at the University of Padua Faculty of Medicine and Surgery. These areas are among his clinical interests: lung transplant, robotic cardiac surgery, and heart transplant. Dr. Trento is in-network for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and HealthSmart, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Trento has received professional recognition including the following: Southern California Super Doctors; Southern California Super Doctors 2008; and Los Angeles Super Doctors. He is professionally affiliated with Cedars-Sinai.

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Relevant Interests: , robotic cardiac surgery

All Interests: Heart Bypass Surgery, Aortic Valve Surgery, Mitral Valve Surgery, Bicuspid Aortic Valve Disease, ... (Read more)

Dr. Michael Aurash Zadeh, MD
Specializes in General Surgery
16542 Ventura Boulevard; Suite 304
Encino, CA
 

Dr. Michael Zadeh is a medical specialist in general surgery. On average, patients gave him a rating of 5.0 stars out of 5. His areas of expertise include the following: facial problems, acne, and restylane. Dr. Zadeh's hospital/clinic affiliations include Providence Saint Joseph Medical Center, Providence Tarzana Medical Center, and Northridge Hospital Medical Center. Dr. Zadeh honors Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Medi-Cal, as well as other insurance carriers. His practice is open to new patients. He graduated from St. George's University School of Medicine. Dr. Zadeh's residency was performed at Saint Barnabas Medical Center, Livingston. His distinctions include: Southern California Rising Stars; Patients' Choice Award; and Most Compassionate Doctor Award. He is conversant in Persian.

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Relevant Interests: , minimally invasive surgery, robotic surgery

All Interests: Botox Injection, Dysport Injection, Laser Resurfacing, Birthmark Removal, Acne Surgery, Injectable ... (Read more)

Dr. Erik N Zeegen, MD
Specializes in Adult Orthopedic Reconstructive Surgery
5525 Etiwanda Avenue; Suite 324
Tarzana, CA
 

Dr. Erik Zeegen's medical specialty is adult orthopedic reconstructive surgery. These areas are among Dr. Zeegen's clinical interests: knee problems, arthroscopic surgery, and replacement arthroplasty (joint replacement). Patient ratings for Dr. Zeegen average 5.0 stars out of 5. Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Zeegen accepts. He obtained his medical school training at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), David Geffen School of Medicine and performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). He has received the distinction of Southern California Super Doctors. Dr. Zeegen (or staff) is conversant in Filipino, Spanish, and Russian. Dr. Zeegen is professionally affiliated with Providence Tarzana Medical Center and West Hills Hospital & Medical Center. He is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , arthroscopic surgery, minimally invasive surgery

All Interests: Tumor, Hip Problems, Shoulder Problems, Fractures, Knee Problems, Arthroscopic Surgery, Minimally ... (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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