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We found 131 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's medical specialty is general surgery and bariatric surgery. These areas are among his clinical interests: obesity, minimally invasive surgery, and cancer surgery. Patients rated Dr. Quilici highly, giving him an average of 4.0 stars out of 5. He is in-network for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, as well as other insurance carriers. He graduated from the University of the Mediterranean Aix-Marseille II Faculty of Medicine. His medical residency was performed 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 languages: 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, Hernia, Gastric Bypass Surgery, Cancer Surgery, Thyroid ... (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. He 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. These areas are among his clinical interests: myomectomy (fibroid removal), heart bypass surgery (CABG), and atrial fibrillation. Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and HealthSmart are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Khoynezhad accepts. He has received the distinction of Southern California Super Doctors. Dr. Khoynezhad (or staff) speaks Spanish, German, and Persian. Dr. Khoynezhad's 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 specialty is pediatric general surgery. He is conversant in Spanish. He is affiliated with Providence Tarzana Medical Center and Children's Hospital Los Angeles (CHLA). Dr. Wang is a graduate of Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. He completed his residency training at Stanford Hospital & Clinics. Dr. Wang honors several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield. He is accepting 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)

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. After attending the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), David Geffen School of Medicine and the University of California, San Diego (UCSD), School of Medicine, Dr. Bresnick completed his residency training at Stanford Hospital & Clinics. These areas are among his clinical interests: eyelid surgery, thigh lift, and general reconstruction. Patient reviews placed him at an average of 4.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Bresnick takes Blue Shield, Anthem, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield, in addition to other insurance carriers. Distinctions awarded to Dr. Bresnick include: Southern California Super Doctors and Southern California Super Doctors 2008. His professional affiliations include Providence Saint Joseph Medical Center and Providence Tarzana Medical Center. His practice is open to 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's area of specialization is thoracic surgery. His clinical interests include thoracic outlet syndrome, achalasia, and lung volume reduction surgery (LVRS). Dr. Soukiasian's hospital/clinic affiliations include Adventist Health System and Cedars-Sinai. He honors Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, in addition to other insurance carriers. 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. He has received the following distinction: Southern California Super Doctors. Dr. Soukiasian (or staff) speaks the following languages: Armenian and Persian.

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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 is a physician who specializes in pediatric surgery and general surgery. Areas of expertise for Dr. Frykman include video-assisted thoracoscopic surgery (VATS), colorectal surgery procedures, and crohn's disease. He is professionally affiliated with Children's Hospital Los Angeles (CHLA) and Cedars-Sinai. 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 accepts Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, HealthSmart, and more.

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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. 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'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: , video-assisted thoracoscopic surgery (VATS)

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

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

Dr. Clark Fuller is a specialist in thoracic surgery. He works in Los Angeles, CA, Torrance, CA, and Beverly Hills, CA. He is in-network for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield, as well as other insurance carriers. Before performing his residency at Los Angeles County+USC Medical Center and a hospital affiliated with the University of Missouri-Kansas City (UMKC), Dr. Fuller attended Creighton University School of Medicine. Dr. Fuller has received the distinction of Southern California Super Doctors. Dr. Fuller is professionally 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 specialist in general surgery, bariatric surgery, and surgical oncology (cancer surgery). He works in Tarzana, CA and Los Angeles, CA. After completing medical school at Western University of Health Sciences, College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific, Dr. Toomari performed his residency at Arrowhead Regional Medical Center. His areas of expertise include obesity, minimally invasive surgery, and breast surgery. Patients gave him an average rating of 5.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Toomari accepts Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Medi-Cal, and Kaiser Permanente, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Toomari (or staff) speaks Spanish and Persian. He is affiliated with Providence Tarzana Medical Center and Facey Medical Group. He is open to 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 Vascular Surgery, Cardiothoracic Surgery
127 S. San Vicente Boulevard; Suite A3600
Los Angeles, CA
 

Dr. Aamir Shah specializes in vascular surgery and cardiothoracic surgery. Areas of expertise for Dr. Shah include heart bypass surgery (CABG), angina, and carotid artery surgery. He is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and HealthSmart. He is a graduate of Boston University School of Medicine. For his residency, Dr. Shah trained at Jackson Memorial Medical Center and the University of Chicago Medical Center. He has received professional recognition including the following: Southern California Super Doctors. Dr. Shah (or staff) speaks the following languages: Urdu and French. Dr. Shah 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 General Surgery, Bariatric Surgery, Other, Critical Care
8700 Beverly Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA
 

Dr. Scott Cunneen works as a general surgeon, bariatric surgeon, and intensive care specialist. These areas are among his clinical interests: colorectal surgery procedures, stomach surgery, and gallbladder removal surgery (cholecystectomy). He is professionally affiliated with Cedars-Sinai. Dr. Cunneen is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and HealthSmart. After attending Georgetown University School of Medicine, Dr. Cunneen completed his residency training at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center. He has received professional recognition including the following: Southern California Super Doctors.

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

Dr. Ali Mahtabifard is a specialist in thoracic surgery. He works in Los Angeles, CA and Beverly Hills, CA. Dr. Mahtabifard has a 4.0 out of 5 star average patient rating. He is especially interested in video-assisted thoracoscopic surgery (VATS), lung cancer, and photodynamic therapy (PDT). Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Medi-Cal are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Mahtabifard accepts. He studied medicine at New York Medical College. Dr. Mahtabifard's residency was performed at Massachusetts General Hospital and Saint Vincent Catholic Medical Centers. In addition to English, 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)

2013 Procedure Details

  • Medicare Volume: 71
  • Uninsured Cost: $1,977 - $3,782
  • Medicare Cost: $388 - $614
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Specializes in Cardiothoracic Surgery
8700 Beverly Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA
 

Dr. Alfredo Trento, who practices in Los Angeles, CA, is a medical specialist in cardiothoracic surgery. His clinical interests include lung transplant, robotic cardiac surgery, and aortic aneurysm. Dr. Trento is professionally affiliated with Cedars-Sinai. He is a graduate of the University of Padua Faculty of Medicine and Surgery. Dr. Trento is in-network for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, HealthSmart, and more. He has received the following distinctions: 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 is a specialist in general surgery and bariatric surgery. These areas are among his clinical interests: obesity, gallbladder removal surgery (cholecystectomy), and hypertension (high blood pressure). On average, patients gave him a rating of 4.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Naim honors Blue Cross/Blue Shield, CIGNA EPO, and Medi-Cal, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Naim is a graduate of Mount Sinai School of Medicine and a graduate of New York Methodist Hospital's residency program. He is professionally affiliated with Cedars-Sinai.

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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
Dr. Farshad Malekmehr, MD
Specializes in Thoracic Surgery
5000 Van Nuys Boulevard; Suite 200
Sherman Oaks, CA
 

Dr. Farshad Malekmehr is a medical specialist in thoracic surgery. Patients gave Dr. Malekmehr an average rating of 1.5 stars out of 5. His professional affiliations include Pacific Alliance Medical Center (PAMC) and Adventist Health System. He accepts several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield. He attended medical school at George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences. He is conversant in Persian.

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2013 Procedure Details

  • Medicare Volume: 39
  • Uninsured Cost: $2,850 - $9,500
  • Medicare Cost: $332 - $1,629
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Specializes in Cardiothoracic Surgery
8700 Beverly Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA
 

Dr. Wen Cheng's area of specialization is cardiothoracic surgery. Dr. Cheng's clinical interests include lung transplant, robotic cardiac surgery, and aortic aneurysm. He is professionally affiliated with Cedars-Sinai. Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and HealthSmart are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Cheng takes. He graduated from Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. His residency was performed at a hospital affiliated with Johns Hopkins University. Dr. Cheng has received the following distinctions: 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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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.