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We found 134 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 specialist in general surgery and bariatric surgery. He obtained his medical school training at the University of the Mediterranean Aix-Marseille II Faculty of Medicine and performed his residency at Lenox Hill Hospital and a hospital affiliated with New York Medical College. Clinical interests for Dr. Quilici include thyroid problems, cancer, and colectomy (colon resection). Patients gave Dr. Quilici an average rating of 4.0 stars out of 5. He honors Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, as well as other insurance carriers. His distinctions include: Southern California Super Doctors and Southern California Super Doctors 2008. Dr. Quilici (or staff) speaks the following foreign languages: Spanish and French. Dr. Quilici's professional affiliations include Huntington Hospital, Providence Saint Joseph Medical Center, and Providence Tarzana Medical Center. He is accepting 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

  • Medicare Volume: 85
  • Uninsured Cost: $1,955 - $4,307
  • Medicare Cost: $468 - $851
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Specializes in Vascular Surgery, Transplant Surgery, Cardiothoracic Surgery
127 S San Vicente Boulevard; A3306
Los Angeles, CA
 

Dr. Ali Khoynezhad specializes in vascular surgery, transplant surgery, and cardiothoracic surgery. Clinical interests for Dr. Khoynezhad include myomectomy (fibroid removal), heart bypass surgery (CABG), and atrial fibrillation. He takes Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and HealthSmart, as well as other insurance carriers. After attending the University of Cologne Faculty of Medicine for medical school, he completed his residency training at North Shore University Hospital, Carolinas Medical Center, and Long Island Jewish Medical Center. He has received the distinction of Southern California Super Doctors. Dr. Khoynezhad (or staff) speaks the following languages: Spanish, German, and Persian. He is affiliated with 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 specialty is pediatric general surgery. In addition to English, he speaks Spanish. He is professionally affiliated with Providence Tarzana Medical Center and Children's Hospital Los Angeles (CHLA). Dr. Wang graduated from Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and then he performed his residency at Stanford Hospital & Clinics. Dr. Wang accepts several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield. He has an open panel.

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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' specialties are pediatric surgery and general surgery. His areas of expertise include video-assisted thoracoscopic surgery (VATS), inflammatory bowel disease, and hernia. Dr. Bliss is affiliated with Children's Hospital Los Angeles (CHLA) and Cedars-Sinai. He takes Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Medi-Cal, in addition to other insurance carriers. 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. In addition to English, he 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

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. Before completing his residency at Stanford Hospital & Clinics, Dr. Bresnick attended medical school at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), David Geffen School of Medicine and the University of California, San Diego (UCSD), School of Medicine. Clinical interests for Dr. Bresnick include eyelid surgery, thigh lift, and general reconstruction. Patients gave him an average rating of 4.5 stars out of 5. He is in-network for Blue Shield, Anthem, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield, in addition to other insurance carriers. He has received professional recognition including the following: Southern California Super Doctors and Southern California Super Doctors 2008. Dr. Bresnick is affiliated with Providence Saint Joseph Medical Center and Providence Tarzana Medical Center. He welcomes new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , endoscopic surgery

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

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

Dr. Harmik Soukiasian works as a thoracic surgeon in Los Angeles, CA. Dr. Soukiasian (or staff) is conversant in Armenian and Persian. Areas of expertise for Dr. Soukiasian include thoracic outlet syndrome, achalasia, and lung volume reduction surgery (LVRS). His professional affiliations include Adventist Health System and Cedars-Sinai. Before completing his residency at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, Dr. Soukiasian attended medical school at the University of Southern California (USC), Keck School of Medicine. Dr. Soukiasian honors Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and more. He has received the following distinction: Southern California Super Doctors.

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

All Interests: Achalasia, Upper Endoscopy, Esophagus Problems, Lung Problems, Surgical Procedures, VATS Lobectomy, ... (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. After completing medical school at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School, he performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Cincinnati. His clinical interests include video-assisted thoracoscopic surgery (VATS), colorectal surgery procedures, and crohn's disease. Dr. Frykman is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and HealthSmart. His professional affiliations include Children's Hospital Los Angeles (CHLA) and Cedars-Sinai.

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

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 is a thoracic surgery specialist in Los Angeles, CA, Torrance, CA, and Beverly Hills, CA. Dr. Fuller is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield. He attended medical school at Creighton University School of Medicine. He completed his residency training at Los Angeles County+USC Medical Center and a hospital affiliated with the University of Missouri-Kansas City (UMKC). Dr. Fuller has received professional recognition including the following: Southern California Super Doctors. He 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
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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 Los Angeles, CA physician who specializes in vascular surgery and cardiothoracic surgery. Dr. Shah (or staff) speaks the following languages: Urdu and French. These areas are among his clinical interests: heart bypass surgery (CABG), angina, and carotid artery surgery. Dr. Shah is professionally affiliated with Cedars-Sinai. Before completing his residency at Jackson Memorial Medical Center and the University of Chicago Medical Center, Dr. Shah attended medical school at Boston University School of Medicine. He accepts Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and HealthSmart, as well as other insurance carriers. He has received the distinction of Southern California Super Doctors.

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

Dr. Scott Cunneen's areas of specialization are general surgery, bariatric surgery, and critical care (intensive care medicine). Clinical interests for Dr. Cunneen include colorectal surgery procedures, stomach surgery, and gallbladder removal surgery (cholecystectomy). He honors Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, HealthSmart, and more. Dr. Cunneen obtained his medical school training at Georgetown University School of Medicine and performed his residency at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center. Dr. Cunneen has received the distinction of Southern California Super Doctors. He is affiliated with Cedars-Sinai.

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Relevant Interests: , Nissen fundoplication

All 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
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's areas of specialization are general surgery, bariatric surgery, and surgical oncology (cancer surgery); he sees patients in Tarzana, CA and Los Angeles, CA. Patient ratings for Dr. Toomari average 5.0 stars out of 5. His areas of expertise include the following: obesity, minimally invasive surgery, and breast surgery. He is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Medi-Cal, and Kaiser Permanente. Before completing his residency at Arrowhead Regional Medical Center, Dr. Toomari attended medical school at Western University of Health Sciences, College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific. Dr. Toomari (or staff) is conversant in Spanish and Persian. Dr. Toomari's hospital/clinic affiliations include Providence Tarzana Medical Center and Facey Medical Group. He is accepting new patients.

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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 Cardiothoracic Surgery
8700 Beverly Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA
 

Dr. Alfredo Trento is a Los Angeles, CA physician who specializes in cardiothoracic surgery. His areas of expertise include the following: lung transplant, robotic cardiac surgery, and aortic aneurysm. He is professionally affiliated with Cedars-Sinai. Dr. Trento attended medical school at the University of Padua Faculty of Medicine and Surgery. Dr. Trento is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and HealthSmart. He has received professional recognition including the following: Southern California Super Doctors; Southern California Super Doctors 2008; and Los Angeles Super Doctors.

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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 specialties are general surgery and bariatric surgery. Clinical interests for Dr. Naim include obesity, gallbladder removal surgery (cholecystectomy), and hypertension (high blood pressure). He is professionally affiliated with Cedars-Sinai. Dr. Naim is a graduate of Mount Sinai School of Medicine and a graduate of New York Methodist Hospital's residency program. The average patient rating for Dr. Naim is 4.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Naim accepts Blue Cross/Blue Shield, CIGNA EPO, and Medi-Cal, as well as other insurance carriers.

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Relevant Interests: , Nissen fundoplication

All 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 practices cardiothoracic surgery in Los Angeles, CA. These areas are among his clinical interests: lung transplant, robotic cardiac surgery, and aortic aneurysm. He is professionally affiliated with Cedars-Sinai. Dr. Cheng is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and HealthSmart. Dr. Cheng attended medical school at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. For his residency, Dr. Cheng trained at a hospital affiliated with Johns Hopkins University. His distinctions include: Southern California Super Doctors; Southern California Super Doctors 2008; and Los Angeles Super Doctors. In addition to English, he speaks Mandarin.

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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 is a cardiothoracic surgery specialist in Los Angeles, CA. Areas of expertise for Dr. Ramzy include video-assisted thoracoscopic surgery (VATS), myocarditis, and heart bypass surgery (CABG). Dr. Ramzy is in-network for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and HealthSmart, in addition to other insurance carriers. He graduated from McMaster University Faculty of Health Sciences. He has received professional recognition including the following: Southern California Super Doctors. Dr. Ramzy 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 Thoracic Surgery
8635 W 3rd Street; Suite 975w
Los Angeles, CA
 

Dr. Ali Mahtabifard is a medical specialist in thoracic surgery. Dr. Mahtabifard (or staff) is conversant in French and Persian. His areas of expertise include video-assisted thoracoscopic surgery (VATS), lung cancer, and photodynamic therapy (PDT). His hospital/clinic affiliations include Torrance Memorial Medical Center and Cedars-Sinai. He graduated from New York Medical College. For his professional training, Dr. Mahtabifard completed residency programs at Massachusetts General Hospital and Saint Vincent Catholic Medical Centers. Patient ratings for Dr. Mahtabifard average 4.0 stars out of 5. He honors several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Medi-Cal.

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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.