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We found 135 providers matching minimally invasive surgery and who accept Blue Shield of California near Sherman Oaks, CA.

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

Dr. Philippe Quilici is a physician who specializes in general surgery and bariatric surgery. Dr. Quilici has received a 4.0 out of 5 star rating by his patients. His areas of expertise include thyroid problems, cancer, and colectomy (colon resection). His hospital/clinic affiliations include Huntington Hospital, Providence Saint Joseph Medical Center, and Providence Tarzana Medical Center. Dr. Quilici accepts several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry. New patients are welcome to contact his office for an appointment. He attended medical school at the University of the Mediterranean Aix-Marseille II Faculty of Medicine. His training includes residency programs at Lenox Hill Hospital and a hospital affiliated with New York Medical College. Distinctions awarded to Dr. Quilici include: Southern California Super Doctors and Southern California Super Doctors 2008. Dr. Quilici (or staff) speaks the following foreign languages: Spanish and French.

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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

  • Medicare Volume: 85
  • Uninsured Cost: $1,955 - $4,307
  • Medicare Cost: $468 - $851
Dr. Stephen D Bresnick, MD
Specializes in Plastic Surgery, Bariatric Surgery
16633 Ventura Boulevard; Suite 110
Encino, CA
 

Dr. Stephen Bresnick specializes in plastic surgery and bariatric surgery and practices in Encino, CA. His areas of expertise include eyelid surgery, thigh lift, and general reconstruction. His professional affiliations include Providence Saint Joseph Medical Center and Providence Tarzana Medical Center. Dr. Bresnick graduated from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), David Geffen School of Medicine and the University of California, San Diego (UCSD), School of Medicine. He trained at Stanford Hospital & Clinics for residency. Dr. Bresnick is rated highly by his patients. He is an in-network provider for Blue Shield, Anthem, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Bresnick has received the following distinctions: Southern California Super Doctors and Southern California Super Doctors 2008. He is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , endoscopic surgery

All Interests: Eyelid Surgery, Dermabrasion, Eyelid Lift, Botulinum Toxin Injection, Breast Augmentation, Laser ... (Read more)

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Specializes in Vascular Surgery, Transplant Surgery, Cardiothoracic Surgery
127 S San Vicente Boulevard; A3306
Los Angeles, CA
 

Dr. Ali Khoynezhad is a medical specialist in vascular surgery, transplant surgery, and cardiothoracic surgery. These areas are among his clinical interests: myomectomy (fibroid removal), heart bypass surgery (CABG), and atrial fibrillation. He accepts several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and HealthSmart. Dr. Khoynezhad attended the University of Cologne Faculty of Medicine and then went on to complete his residency at North Shore University Hospital, Carolinas Medical Center, and Long Island Jewish Medical Center. He has received the distinction of Southern California Super Doctors. In addition to English, Dr. Khoynezhad (or staff) speaks Spanish, German, and Persian. His professional affiliations include CHI Health Lakeside and Cedars-Sinai.

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Clinical Interests: Heart Bypass Surgery, Atrial Fibrillation, Aortic Stenosis, Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm, Aortic ... (Read more)

2013 Procedure Details

  • Medicare Volume: 16
  • Uninsured Cost: $3,631
  • Medicare Cost: $945
Dr. Kasper Saonun Wang, MD
Specializes in Pediatric General Surgery
5363 Balboa Boulevard; Suite 121
Encino, CA
 

Dr. Kasper Wang's medical specialty is pediatric general surgery. Dr. Wang takes Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield, as well as other insurance carriers. After completing medical school at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, he performed his residency at Stanford Hospital & Clinics. He is conversant in Spanish. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Providence Tarzana Medical Center and Children's Hospital Los Angeles (CHLA). New patients are welcome to contact Dr. Wang's office for an appointment.

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Relevant Interests: , minimally invasive surgery

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

Dr. David William Bliss, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Surgery, General Surgery
8635 W Third Street
Los Angeles, CA
 

Dr. David Bliss is a medical specialist in pediatric surgery and general surgery. Dr. Bliss has indicated that his clinical interests include video-assisted thoracoscopic surgery (VATS), inflammatory bowel disease, and hernia. His professional affiliations include Children's Hospital Los Angeles (CHLA) and Cedars-Sinai. Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Medi-Cal are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Bliss accepts. He attended the University of California, San Diego (UCSD), School of Medicine and then went on to complete his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Michigan. In addition to English, Dr. Bliss speaks Spanish.

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

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

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

Dr. Harmik Soukiasian is a thoracic surgery specialist. His areas of expertise include thoracic outlet syndrome, achalasia, and lung volume reduction surgery (LVRS). Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Soukiasian honors. He obtained his medical school training at the University of Southern California (USC), Keck School of Medicine and performed his residency at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center. Dr. Soukiasian has received the following distinction: Southern California Super Doctors. Dr. Soukiasian (or staff) speaks Armenian and Persian. He is professionally affiliated with Adventist Health System and 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

  • Medicare Volume: 73
  • Uninsured Cost: $141 - $1,449
  • Medicare Cost: $35 - $357
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Specializes in Pediatric Surgery, General Surgery
8723 Alden Drive; Steven Spielberg Building, Suite 240
Los Angeles, CA
 

Dr. Philip Frykman practices pediatric surgery and general surgery. Dr. Frykman graduated from the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School and then he performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Cincinnati. These areas are among his clinical interests: video-assisted thoracoscopic surgery (VATS), colorectal surgery procedures, and crohn's disease. He accepts several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and HealthSmart. 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: Pain, Pectus Excavatum, Ulcerative Colitis, Colorectal Surgery Procedures, Nausea, Nissen ... (Read more)

Dr. Clark Beeman Fuller, MD
Specializes in Other, Thoracic Surgery
8635 W 3rd Street; Suite 975w
Los Angeles, CA
 

Dr. Clark Fuller practices thoracic surgery in Los Angeles, CA, Torrance, CA, and Beverly Hills, CA. Dr. Fuller is a graduate of Creighton University School of Medicine. His medical residency was performed at Los Angeles County+USC Medical Center and a hospital affiliated with the University of Missouri-Kansas City (UMKC). Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Fuller honors. He has received professional recognition including the following: Southern California Super Doctors. Dr. Fuller is affiliated with Torrance Memorial Medical Center.

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2013 Procedure Details

  • Medicare Volume: 94
  • Uninsured Cost: $1,130 - $5,406
  • Medicare Cost: $219 - $1,065
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 is a general surgery, bariatric surgery, and surgical oncology (cancer surgery) specialist in Tarzana, CA and Los Angeles, CA. Patients gave Dr. Toomari an average rating of 4.0 stars out of 5. His clinical interests include obesity, minimally invasive surgery, and breast surgery. His hospital/clinic affiliations include 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 accepts. Dr. Toomari has an open panel. He attended medical school at Western University of Health Sciences, College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific. Dr. Toomari's medical residency was performed at Arrowhead Regional Medical Center. Dr. Toomari (or staff) speaks the following languages: 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)

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

Dr. Aamir Shah is a specialist in vascular surgery and cardiothoracic surgery. Dr. Shah's areas of expertise include the following: heart bypass surgery (CABG), angina, and carotid artery surgery. He is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and HealthSmart. He studied medicine at Boston University School of Medicine. Dr. Shah's residency was performed at Jackson Memorial Medical Center and the University of Chicago Medical Center. He has received the following distinction: Southern California Super Doctors. Dr. Shah (or staff) speaks the following foreign languages: 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

  • Medicare Volume: 13
  • Uninsured Cost: $7,608
  • Medicare Cost: $1,012
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Specializes in Cardiothoracic Surgery
8700 Beverly Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA
 

Dr. Alfredo Trento is a specialist in cardiothoracic surgery. Areas of expertise for Dr. Trento include lung transplant, robotic cardiac surgery, and aortic aneurysm. He is in-network for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, HealthSmart, and more. He attended medical school at the University of Padua Faculty of Medicine and Surgery. He has received the following distinctions: Southern California Super Doctors; Southern California Super Doctors 2008; and Los Angeles Super Doctors. Dr. Trento is professionally affiliated with Cedars-Sinai.

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Relevant Interests: , robotic cardiac surgery

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

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Specializes in General Surgery, Bariatric Surgery, Other
8631 W. 3rd Street; Suit #444
Los Angeles, CA
 

Dr. Houshmand Naim's areas of specialization are general surgery and bariatric surgery; he sees patients in Los Angeles, CA and Wilmongton, CA. His areas of expertise include obesity, gallbladder removal surgery (cholecystectomy), and hypertension (high blood pressure). Dr. Naim's patients gave him an average rating of 4.5 out of 5 stars. He takes Blue Cross/Blue Shield, CIGNA EPO, and Medi-Cal, as well as other insurance carriers. After attending Mount Sinai School of Medicine, he completed his residency training at New York Methodist Hospital. He is affiliated with Cedars-Sinai.

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Clinical Interests: Type 1 Diabetes, Gallstones, Hypertension, Nissen Fundoplication, Acid Reflux, Sleep Apnea, ... (Read more)

2013 Procedure Details

  • Medicare Volume: 23
  • Uninsured Cost: $10,200 - $17,000
  • Medicare Cost: $921 - $1,263
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Specializes in Cardiothoracic Surgery
8700 Beverly Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA
 

Dr. Wen Cheng is a cardiothoracic surgeon in Los Angeles, CA. His clinical interests include lung transplant, robotic cardiac surgery, and aortic aneurysm. Dr. Cheng takes Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and HealthSmart, in addition to other insurance carriers. Before performing his residency at a hospital affiliated with Johns Hopkins University, Dr. Cheng attended Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. Dr. Cheng's distinctions include: Southern California Super Doctors; Southern California Super Doctors 2008; and Los Angeles Super Doctors. In addition to English, he 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

  • Medicare Volume: 29
  • Uninsured Cost: $5,005
  • Medicare Cost: $1,120
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Specializes in Cardiothoracic Surgery
127 S San Vicente Boulevard; A-3600
Los Angeles, CA
 

Dr. Danny Ramzy specializes in cardiothoracic surgery and practices in Los Angeles, CA. Dr. Ramzy's areas of expertise include the following: video-assisted thoracoscopic surgery (VATS), myocarditis, and heart bypass surgery (CABG). He is an in-network provider for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and HealthSmart, as well as other insurance carriers. He is a graduate of McMaster University Faculty of Health Sciences. Dr. Ramzy has received the following distinction: Southern California Super Doctors. He speaks French. He is professionally 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, Cardiomyopathy, Aortic Stenosis, Bicuspid Aortic Valve ... (Read more)

2013 Procedure Details

  • Medicare Volume: 25
  • Uninsured Cost: $2,690 - $3,225
  • Medicare Cost: $474 - $1,120
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Specializes in General Surgery, Bariatric Surgery, Other, Critical Care
8700 Beverly Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA
 

Dr. Scott Cunneen sees patients in Los Angeles, CA. His medical specialties are general surgery, bariatric surgery, and critical care (intensive care medicine). His areas of expertise include colorectal surgery procedures, stomach surgery, and gallbladder removal surgery (cholecystectomy). Dr. Cunneen is professionally affiliated with Cedars-Sinai. He takes Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, HealthSmart, and more. He studied medicine at Georgetown University School of Medicine. He trained at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center for residency. Dr. Cunneen has received the following distinction: Southern California Super Doctors.

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

2013 Procedure Details

  • Medicare Volume: 18
  • Uninsured Cost: $4,766
  • Medicare Cost: $1,251
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Specializes in Thoracic Surgery
8635 W 3rd Street; Suite 975w
Los Angeles, CA
 

Dr. Ali Mahtabifard specializes in thoracic surgery and practices in Los Angeles, CA and Beverly Hills, CA. Dr. Mahtabifard (or staff) is conversant in French and Persian. Dr. Mahtabifard has indicated that his clinical interests include video-assisted thoracoscopic surgery (VATS), lung cancer, and photodynamic therapy (PDT). He is professionally affiliated with Torrance Memorial Medical Center and Cedars-Sinai. Before performing his residency at Massachusetts General Hospital and Saint Vincent Catholic Medical Centers, Dr. Mahtabifard attended New York Medical College for medical school. He has a 4.0 out of 5 star average patient rating. He accepts Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Medi-Cal, and more.

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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)

2013 Procedure Details

  • Medicare Volume: 71
  • Uninsured Cost: $1,977 - $3,782
  • Medicare Cost: $388 - $614

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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.