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Dr. William D. Fuller M.D.
Specializes in General Surgery, Bariatric Surgery
10862 Calle Verde
La Mesa, CA
 

Dr. William Fuller's medical specialty is general surgery and bariatric surgery. Dr. Fuller is conversant in Spanish. His clinical interests include laparoscopic surgery, robotic surgery, and weight loss surgery (bariatric surgery). His professional affiliations include Scripps Memorial Hospital La Jolla, Scripps Mercy Hospital, and Scripps Clinic Torrey Pines. Dr. Fuller is a graduate of the University of Maryland School of Medicine and a graduate of Georgetown University Medical Center's residency program. He is an in-network provider for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield, in addition to other insurance carriers. He welcomes new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , laparoscopic surgery, robotic surgery

All Interests: Laparoscopic Surgery, Weight Loss Surgery, Robotic Surgery

Dr. Julie A. Ellner M.D.
Specializes in General Surgery, Bariatric Surgery
average rating 5 stars (1 rating)
5555 Reservoir Drive; Suite 203
San Diego, CA
 

Dr. Julie Ellner is a San Diego, CA physician who specializes in general surgery and bariatric surgery. She graduated from Tufts University School of Medicine. Dr. Ellner's medical residency was performed at the University of Iowa Hospitals & Clinics. In her practice, she is particularly interested in laparoscopic sleeve gastrectomy, laparoscopic gastric bypass surgery, and laparoscopic gastric banding. She honors Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and more. Dr. Ellner's professional affiliations include Scripps Memorial Hospital La Jolla, Sharp Grossmont Hospital, and Sharp Memorial Hospital. She is accepting new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , laparoscopic sleeve gastrectomy, laparoscopic gastric bypass surgery, laparoscopic gastric banding

All Interests: Laparoscopic Gastric Banding, Weight Loss Surgery, Laparoscopic Sleeve Gastrectomy, Gastric Bypass ... (Read more)

Dr. Scott Alan Hacker M.D.
Specializes in Other, Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery, Sports Medicine
average rating 4.51 stars (16 ratings)
5565 Grossmont Center Drive; Suite 3-256
La Mesa, CA
 

Dr. Scott Hacker specializes in orthopedics/orthopedic surgery and sports medicine and practices in San Diego, CA and La Mesa, CA. His clinical interests include arthroscopic surgery, bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery, and sports health. Dr. Hacker has received a 4.5 out of 5 star rating by his patients. He accepts Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Medi-Cal, and more. After attending the University of California, Irvine, School of Medicine, Dr. Hacker completed his residency training at a hospital affiliated with the University of Washington. He has received the distinction of San Diego Super Doctors. In addition to English, he speaks Spanish. He is affiliated with Sharp Coronado Hospital and Sharp Grossmont Hospital. Dr. Hacker is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , arthroscopic surgery, MAKOplasty

All Interests: Sports Health, ACL Injury, Knee Pain, Bursitis, MAKOplasty, Fractures, Back Problems, Arthroscopic ... (Read more)

Dr. John Glenn Finkenberg M.D.
Specializes in Spine Surgery, Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery
average rating 5 stars (1 rating)
8860 Center Drive; #350
La Mesa, CA
 

Dr. John Finkenberg's areas of specialization are spine surgery and orthopedics/orthopedic surgery; he sees patients in San Diego, CA and La Mesa, CA. Before completing his residency at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center, Dr. Finkenberg attended medical school at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), David Geffen School of Medicine. His clinical interests include laminectomy, post-polio syndrome (PPS), and arthroscopic surgery. Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Finkenberg honors. Dr. Finkenberg's professional affiliations include Scripps Mercy Hospital, Sharp Coronado Hospital, and Sharp Grossmont Hospital. His practice is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , arthroscopic surgery

All Interests: Post-Polio Syndrome, Kyphoplasty, Sports Health, Knee Pain, Sacroiliac Joint Injection, Bursitis, ... (Read more)

Moneer Jaibaji M.D.
Specializes in Facial Plastic Surgery
average rating 4.96 stars (71 ratings)
8851 Center Drive; Suite 305
La Mesa, CA
 

Dr. Moneer Jaibaji works as a facial plastic surgeon in Coronado, CA, La Mesa, CA, and Fullerton, CA. Before completing his residency at St. Joseph Mercy Oakland, Dr. Jaibaji attended medical school at Al-Mustansiriya College of Medicine and The University of Mustansiriyah College of Medicine. His clinical interests include breast reconstruction revision, dermabrasion, and vaginal rejuvenation. Dr. Jaibaji is rated 5.0 stars out of 5 by his patients. Dr. Jaibaji is in-network for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and more. He is conversant in Arabic. His professional affiliations include Sharp Community Medical Group, Scripps Mercy Hospital, and Sharp Coronado Hospital. Dr. Jaibaji welcomes new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , MACS (minimal access cranial suspension) facelift, tumescent liposuction, mini facelift, endoscopic surgery

All Interests: Dermabrasion, Vaginal Rejuvenation, Breast Augmentation, Labiaplasty, Eyelid Retraction Repair, ... (Read more)

Dr. Susan Kaweski F.A.C.S., M.D.
Specializes in Plastic Surgery, Other
average rating 4.82 stars (70 ratings)
8415 Grant Avenue
La Mesa, CA
 

Dr. Susan Kaweski's medical specialty is plastic surgery. On average, patients gave her a rating of 5.0 stars out of 5. Her clinical interests include dermabrasion, vaginoplasty, and cryosurgery. Dr. Kaweski's hospital/clinic affiliations include Sharp Grossmont Hospital and Sharp Memorial Hospital. Dr. Kaweski is in-network for AARP, Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and more. She welcomes new patients. She graduated from Penn State College of Medicine and then she performed her residency at Naval Medical Center San Diego and Penn State Hershey Medical Center. She has received professional recognition including the following: San Diego Super Doctors. In addition to English, she speaks Hebrew.

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Relevant Interests: , QuickLift, SmartLipo MPX, MACS (minimal access cranial suspension) facelift, SmartLipo, Vaser liposuction, tumescent liposuction, endoscopic surgery, mini facelift

All Interests: Dermabrasion, Vaginoplasty, Cryosurgery, Breast Augmentation, Eyelid Retraction Repair, Down ... (Read more)

Enass Eskander Rickards M.D.
Specializes in Hand Surgery, Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery
average rating 3.56 stars (4 ratings)
8851 Center Drive; #601
La Mesa, CA
 

Dr. Enass Rickards specializes in hand surgery and orthopedics/orthopedic surgery. Patients gave her an average rating of 3.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Rickards's clinical interests include knee problems, arthroscopic surgery, and hand problems. Her professional affiliations include Scripps Memorial Hospital La Jolla and Scripps Mercy Hospital. Dr. Rickards is an in-network provider for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield, in addition to other insurance carriers. Her practice is open to new patients. After completing medical school at the University of Southern California (USC), Keck School of Medicine, she performed her residency at Los Angeles County+USC Medical Center. In addition to English, Dr. Rickards speaks Spanish.

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Relevant Interests: , arthroscopic surgery

All Interests: Sports Health, Hip Problems, Wrist Problems, Shoulder Problems, Knee Problems, Arthroscopic ... (Read more)

Dr. Peter B. Hanson MD
Specializes in Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery
average rating 4.2 stars (5 ratings)
5565 Grossmont Center Drive; Building 1 Suite 256
La Mesa, CA
 

Dr. Peter Hanson practices orthopedics/orthopedic surgery in La Mesa, CA. Before performing his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, Davis, Dr. Hanson attended the University of California, Irvine, School of Medicine. Clinical interests for Dr. Hanson include arthroscopic surgery, sports health, and carpal tunnel syndrome. On average, patients gave him a rating of 4.0 stars out of 5. He accepts Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Medi-Cal, as well as other insurance carriers. He has received professional recognition including the following: San Diego Super Doctors. In addition to English, Dr. Hanson speaks Spanish. He is professionally affiliated with Sharp Coronado Hospital and Sharp Grossmont Hospital. He is accepting new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , arthroscopic surgery, MAKOplasty

All Interests: Sports Health, ACL Injury, Knee Pain, Sacroiliac Joint Injection, MAKOplasty, Fractures, ... (Read more)

Brooke Laura Ballard M.D.
Specializes in Hand Surgery, Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery
average rating 4.77 stars (26 ratings)
8860 Center Drive; Suite 350
La Mesa, CA
 

Dr. Brooke Ballard works as a hand surgeon and orthopedic surgeon in San Diego, CA, La Mesa, CA, and Coronado, CA. Patients rated Dr. Ballard highly, giving her an average of 5.0 stars out of 5. These areas are among her clinical interests: arthroscopic surgery, bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery, and knee ligament injury. Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Ballard accepts. Dr. Ballard graduated from the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Chicago. She trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, San Diego (UCSD) for residency. In addition to English, she speaks Spanish. She is affiliated with Sharp Coronado Hospital, Sharp Grossmont Hospital, and Sharp Memorial Hospital. Dr. Ballard welcomes new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , arthroscopic surgery

All Interests: Sports Health, Fractures, Arthroscopic Surgery, Occupational Therapy Treatment, Physical Therapy ... (Read more)

Dr. Barry Stuart Handler MD
Specializes in Plastic Surgery
average rating 4.93 stars (8 ratings)
6699 Alvarado Road; Suite 2305
San Diego, CA
 

Dr. Barry Handler is a plastic surgeon in San Diego, CA. He is rated highly by his patients. Dr. Handler's clinical interests include dermabrasion, mini tummy tuck, and botox injection. He is in-network for Blue Shield, Health Net, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield, as well as other insurance carriers. He studied medicine at St. Louis University School of Medicine. His medical residency was performed at a hospital affiliated with St. Louis University (SLU). Dr. Handler speaks Spanish. Dr. Handler's professional affiliations include Scripps Memorial Hospital La Jolla and Scripps Mercy Hospital. His practice is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , tumescent liposuction, endoscopic surgery

All Interests: Dermabrasion, Breast Augmentation, Labiaplasty, Endoscopic Surgery, Sclerotherapy, Double Eyelid ... (Read more)

Jonathan J. Myer M.D.
Specializes in Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery, Sports Medicine
6719 Alvarado Road; Suite 200
San Diego, CA
 

Dr. Jonathan Myer works as an orthopedist and sports medicine specialist in San Diego, CA and La Jolla, CA. Clinical interests for Dr. Myer include arthroscopic surgery, knee surgery, and hip surgery. He is professionally affiliated with Scripps Memorial Hospital La Jolla, Sharp Community Medical Group, and Sharp Grossmont Hospital. He is a graduate of MCP Hahnemann School of Medicine. His residency was performed at Albert Einstein Medical Center, Philadelphia and Montefiore Medical Center. Dr. Myer is an in-network provider for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and more. He has an open panel.

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Relevant Interests: , arthroscopic surgery

All Interests: Sports Health, ACL Injury, Knee Pain, Bursitis, Shoulder Problems, Fractures, Knee Problems, ... (Read more)

Dr. Thomas Tino Terramani MD
Specializes in Vascular Surgery
8860 Center Drive; 450
La Mesa, CA
 

Dr. Thomas Terramani, who practices in La Mesa, CA, is a medical specialist in vascular surgery. Dr. Terramani (or staff) speaks Spanish and Italian. These areas are among his clinical interests: renal angioplasty, carotid endarterectomy, and femoral popliteal bypass surgery. He is professionally affiliated with Sharp Chula Vista Medical Center, Scripps Memorial Hospital La Jolla, and Sharp Community Medical Group. After completing medical school at the University of Southern California (USC), Keck School of Medicine and St. Louis University School of Medicine, he performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Southern California (USC). Dr. Terramani accepts Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, in addition to other insurance carriers. He has received the distinction of San Diego Super Doctors. His practice is open to new patients.

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Clinical Interests: Renal Angioplasty, Peripheral Bypass Surgery, Aortobifemoral Bypass, Femoral Popliteal Bypass ... (Read more)

2013 Procedure Details

Source: Medicare Provider Utilization and Payment Data

  • Volume: 99
  • Charge (avg.): $4,758
  • Negotiated Rate (avg.): $960
Dr. Ben Dubois MD
Specializes in Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery
average rating 3 stars (4 ratings)
5565 Grossmont Center Drive; Building 3 Suite 256
La Mesa, CA
 

Dr. Ben Dubois practices orthopedics/orthopedic surgery in La Mesa, CA. Dr. Dubois obtained his medical school training at the University of Southern California (USC), Keck School of Medicine and performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Washington. He has indicated that his clinical interests include tendon repair, rotator cuff repair, and orthopedic surgery. He is rated 3.0 stars out of 5 by his patients. He takes Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Medi-Cal, as well as other insurance carriers. In addition to English, Dr. Dubois speaks Spanish. He is professionally affiliated with Sharp Community Medical Group, Scripps Mercy Hospital, and Sharp Grossmont Hospital. New patients are welcome to contact Dr. Dubois's office for an appointment.

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Relevant Interests: , shoulder arthroscopy

All Interests: Shoulder Arthroplasty, Tendon Repair, Shoulder Replacement, Shoulder Arthroscopy, Orthopedic ... (Read more)

Helen J. Sohn MD
Specializes in General Surgery
5565 Grossmont Center Drive; Suite 1-221
La Mesa, CA
 

Dr. Helen Sohn works as a general surgeon in La Mesa, CA. She speaks Korean. Clinical interests for Dr. Sohn include cancer surgery, gallbladder removal surgery (cholecystectomy), and breast issues. She is professionally affiliated with Sharp Community Medical Group and Sharp Grossmont Hospital. After attending Loma Linda University School of Medicine, Dr. Sohn completed her residency training at Caritas St. Elizabeth's Medical Center and Boston Medical Center. She honors Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Medi-Cal, in addition to other insurance carriers. She is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , laparoscopic colectomy, laparoscopic surgery

All Interests: Cancer Surgery, Breast Issues, Laparoscopic Colectomy, Hernia Surgery, Laparoscopic Surgery, ... (Read more)

2013 Procedure Details

Source: Medicare Provider Utilization and Payment Data

  • Volume: 12
  • Charge (avg.): $2,400
  • Negotiated Rate (avg.): $683
David James Burnikel M.D.
Specializes in Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery
8860 Center Drive; Suite 350
La Mesa, CA
 

Dr. David Burnikel specializes in orthopedics/orthopedic surgery. His areas of expertise include the following: arthroscopic surgery, knee replacement, and hip surgery. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Scripps Mercy Hospital, Sharp Coronado Hospital, and Sharp Grossmont Hospital. Dr. Burnikel accepts Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, in addition to other insurance carriers. New patients are welcome to contact Dr. Burnikel's office for an appointment. After attending Temple University School of Medicine, he completed his residency training at Ochsner Medical Center.

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Relevant Interests: , arthroscopic surgery

All Interests: Sports Health, Knee Ligament Injury, ACL Injury, Knee Pain, Bursitis, Tendon Repair, Shoulder ... (Read more)

Specializes in Other, Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery, Sports Medicine
average rating 3.34 stars (8 ratings)
8851 Center Drive; #601
La Mesa, CA
 

Dr. Michael Kimball's specialties are orthopedics/orthopedic surgery and sports medicine. He practices in La Jolla, CA, La Mesa, CA, and San Diego, CA. His average rating from his patients is 3.5 stars out of 5. Areas of expertise for Dr. Kimball include knee problems, arthroscopic surgery, and sports health. His professional affiliations include Scripps Memorial Hospital La Jolla and Scripps Mercy Hospital. Dr. Kimball honors Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Shield, and more. He is open to new patients. After completing medical school at George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences, he performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Alabama. Dr. Kimball is conversant in Spanish.

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Relevant Interests: , arthroscopic surgery

All Interests: Sports Health, Hip Problems, Shoulder Problems, Knee Problems, Arthroscopic Surgery, Orthopedic ... (Read more)

2013 Procedure Details

Source: Medicare Provider Utilization and Payment Data

  • Volume: 11
  • Charge (avg.): $665
  • Negotiated Rate (avg.): $175

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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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