Dr. Farida Bounoua, MD

Bariatric SurgeryFemaleAge 58

Bariatric Surgery

Dr. Farida Bounoua, MD is a Bariatric Surgery Specialist in Santa Barbara, CA and has over 35 years of experience in the medical field. She graduated from University Algiers medical school in 1987. She is affiliated with medical facilities such as Goleta Valley Cottage Hospital and Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital. Her office accepts new patients and telehealth appointments.

Dr. Farida Bounoua, MD

Pacheco-medina Dental Corporation

2323 De La Vina St Ste 207 Santa Barbara, CA 93105 ()
Accepting new patients
Telehealth services available

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(805) 879-4011

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Dr. Bounoua's Top Procedures and Conditions

Treatment Frequency
Umbilical Hernia
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Treatment Frequency

Dr. Bounoua treats Umbilical Hernia more than 98% of her peers

Dr. Bounoua treats this condition more than 98% of her peers

Hernia Repair
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Treatment Frequency

Dr. Bounoua performs Hernia Repair more than 89% of her peers

Dr. Bounoua performs this procedure more than 89% of her peers

Inguinal Hernia Repair, Laparoscopic
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Treatment Frequency

Dr. Bounoua performs Inguinal Hernia Repair, Laparoscopic more than 88% of her peers

Dr. Bounoua performs this procedure more than 88% of her peers

Dr. Bounoua's conditions and procedures:

  • Abdominal Pain
  • Abdominal Surgery
  • Abdominoplasty
  • Abscess or Cyst Drainage or Aspiration
  • Abscess or Fluid Incision and Drainage
  • Anal and Rectal Cancer
  • Anal Fissure
  • Anal Fistula
  • Anal or Rectal Pain
  • Anorectal Abscess
  • Appendectomy
  • Appendectomy, Laparoscopic
  • Appendectomy, Open
  • Appendicitis
  • Axillary Lymph Node Dissection
  • Bariatric Surgery (Weight Loss Surgery)
  • Barrett's Esophagus
  • Benign Neoplasm of the Digestive System
  • Bile Duct Procedure
  • Biliary Atresia
  • Breast Cancer
  • Cholecystitis and Gallstones
  • Cholelithiasis
  • Colectomy
  • Collapsed Lung (Pneumothorax)
  • Colon and Rectal Surgery
  • Colon Cancer
  • Colon Disorders
  • Colon Polyp
  • Colon Surgery
  • Colonoscopy, Proctosigmoidoscopy, and Sigmoidoscopy
  • Colorectal Cancer
  • Constipation
  • Crohn's Disease
  • Diaphragmatic and-or Hiatal Hernia
  • Duodenal Polypectomy
  • Enterostomy (Laparoscopic or Open)
  • Excision of Rectal Tumor
  • Excision of Stomach Tumor
  • Excision, Shaving, or Destruction of Skin and Subcutaneous Tissue (incl. Mohs Micrographic Surgery), Tissue Transfer
  • Femoral Hernia Repair, Open
  • Gallbladder Diseases
  • Gallbladder Removal
  • Gallbladder Removal (Cholecystectomy), Laparoscopic
  • Gallbladder Surgery
  • Gallstones
  • Gastrectomy
  • Gastric Bypass Surgery, Laparoscopic
  • Gastric Ulcer
  • Gastrotomy
  • Gynecologic Cancer
  • Hemorrhoidectomy or Excision of Anal Tags
  • Hemorrhoids
  • Hernia
  • Hernia Repair
  • Hiatal Hernia
  • Hyperparathyroidism
  • Ileus
  • Incisional Hernia
  • Incisional Hernia Repair, Laparoscopic
  • Inflammatory Bowel Disease
  • Inguinal Hernia
  • Inguinal Hernia Repair, Laparoscopic
  • Inguinal Hernia Repair, Open
  • Intestinal Abscess
  • Intestinal Obstruction
  • Intestinal Transplant (incl. Enterectomy)
  • Ischemic Colitis
  • Laparoscopic Colon Surgery
  • Laparoscopic Surgical Procedure
  • Laparotomy
  • Lipomas
  • Lung Cancer
  • Lymph Node Biopsy or Excision
  • Megacolon
  • Mesenteric Lymphadenitis
  • Minimally Invasive Surgery
  • Obesity
  • Open Diaphragmatic and-or Paraesophageal Hiatal Hernia Repair
  • Open Incisional and-or Ventral Hernia Repair
  • Orchiectomy
  • Osteosarcoma
  • Paraesophageal Hernia Repair, Laparoscopic
  • Parathyroid (Gland) Disease
  • Partial Lung Collapse
  • Pelvic Abscess
  • Peripheral Vascular Disease (PAD, PVD)
  • Phlebitis and Thrombophlebitis
  • Pleural Effusion
  • Port Placements or Replacements
  • Pyloric Stenosis
  • Removal or Destruction of Rectal or Intestinal Tumor (incl. Colonoscopy, Proctosigmoidoscopy, Sigmoidoscopy and Control of Hemorrhage)
  • Repair of Anal and Rectal Defects (Anoplasty, Repair of Imperforate Anus, Sphincteroplasty, Rectal Graft)
  • Revision of Gastric Anastomosis or Restrictive Procedure
  • Rib Fracture
  • Ruptured Aortic Aneurysm
  • Secondary Malignancies
  • Sleeve Gastrectomy
  • Small Intestine Cancer
  • Soft Tissue Tumor Removal
  • Sphincterotomy
  • Stomach and Small Intestine Cancer
  • Thoracentesis
  • Thyroid Cancer
  • Thyroid Surgery
  • Traumatic Brain Injury
  • Ulcerative Colitis
  • Umbilical Hernia
  • Umbilical or Ventral Hernia Repair, Laparoscopic
  • Varicose Veins
  • Vascular Insufficiency of Intestines
  • Ventral Hernia
  • Wound Repair

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Dr. Bounoua accepts the following insurance:

Aetna
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Anthem
$0 Cost Share AI-AN (Pathway X - EPO/ Individual Via Exchange)-CA EPO
Advantage-CA PPO
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Dignity Health EPO / PPO-CA
Dignity Health PHC EPO & HDP/HSA-CA
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EPO-CA
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Gold 80 D EPO (Pathway - EPO/ Individual)-CA
Gold 80 EPO (Pathway X - EPO/ Individual via Exchange)-CA
Gold 80 EPO AI-AN (Pathway X - EPO/ Individual via Exchange)-CA
Gold Advantage-CA PPO
Gold EPO (Prudent Buyer / Small Grp)-CA PPO
Gold EPO (Prudent Buyer EPO/ Small Grp)-CA
Lumenos Plans-CA PPO
Major Risk Medical Insurance Program (MRMIP) - Prudent Buyer-CA PPO
MemorialCare Custom-CA PPO
Minimum Coverage D EPO (Pathway - EPO/ Individual)-CA
Minimum Coverage EPO (Pathway X - EPO/ Individual via Exchange)-CA
National (BlueCard Basic) PPO
National (BlueCard) PPO
Pathway X - EPO Network-CA
PERS Choice / PERSCare Providers-CA PPO
Platinum (Prudent Buyer PPO/ Small Grp)-CA PPO
Platinum 90 D EPO (Pathway - EPO/ Individual)-CA
Platinum 90 EPO (Pathway X - EPO/ Individual via Exchange)-CA
Platinum 90 EPO AI-AN (Pathway X - EPO/ Individual via Exchange)-CA
Silver (Prudent Buyer PPO/ Small Grp)-CA PPO
Silver 70 EPO (Pathway X - EPO/ Individual via Exchange)-CA
Silver 70 EPO AI-AN (Pathway X - EPO/ Individual via Exchange)-CA
Silver 70 EPO Off Exchange-CA
Silver 73 EPO (Pathway X - EPO/ Individual via Exchange)-CA
Silver 87 EPO (Pathway X - EPO/ Individual via Exchange)-CA
Silver 94 EPO (Pathway X - EPO/ Individual via Exchange)-CA
Silver Advantage-CA PPO
Silver EPO (Prudent Buyer EPO/ Small Grp)-CA
Silver EPO w/ H.S.A (Prudent Buyer/Small Grp)-CA PPO
Silver w/ H.S.A (Prudent Buyer PPO/Small Grp)-CA PPO
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UC Health Savings Plan-CA
UC High Option Supplement to Medicare-CA
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Blue Card PPO
Blue Cross Blue Shield of California
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Blue Cross Blue Shield of California PPO
Select Plus HMO
Select PPO
CareFirst Blue Cross Blue Shield
HealthyBlue 2.0
HealthyBlue Advantage
Cigna
Cigna HMO
Cigna PPO
Great West Healthcare-Cigna PPO
LocalPlus
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Coventry Health Care
First Health (Coventry Health Care)
First Health (Coventry Health Care) PPO
Health Net
Health Net of California
Large Group HMO
Large Group PPO
Medicaid
UnitedHealthCare
Choice Plus POS
Navigate HMO
Options PPO
PacifiCare
PacifiCare HMO
WellPoint

Dr. Bounoua's Reviews

Likelihood to recommend Dr. Bounoua

4.1

Based on 28 ratings

5 Stars
75%
(21)
4 Stars
3.5714285714285716%
(1)
3 Stars
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2 Stars
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1 Star
21.428571428571427%
(6)
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Best Surgeon in California!
What went well
  • Appointment scheduling
  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Wait times
  • Appointment wasn't rushed
  • Listened & answered questions
  • Explained conditions well
  • Trusted the provider's decisions
What could be improved
No results
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Mrs. Garcia – Sep 15, 2021
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Dr Bounoua did a skillful emergency procedure for me that likely saved my life because of her experience! She spoke in a direct manner to me about my case which I appreciated greatly.
What went well
  • Listened & answered questions
  • Explained conditions well
  • Trusted the provider's decisions
What could be improved
No results
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Mike – Jul 01, 2021
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I had Medi-Cal insurance when I was treated by Dr. Bounoua so I was expecting the worst but I thought Dr. Bounoua did a great job taking care of me when I had issues relating to appendicitis that lasted for around 3 months. I felt like I could always get in contact with Dr. Bounoua and she had me admitted to the hospital right away when I when I called her on Thanksgiving with an urgent situation. I also spoke a lot with Arlines in the front office and she was always so nice and helpful. I’m very grateful to Dr. Bounoua!
What went well
  • Staff friendliness
  • Trusted the provider's decisions
What could be improved
No results
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DS – May 13, 2021
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She left a metal marker in my husband and it traveled from his armpit to up against his vertebrae/Spine. In the 2nd surgery, she said he was too fat to retrieve the wire marker and left it in. Now he can't move his arm higher than his shoulder! Rest assured we found another great doctor to do the job at another hospital. You are taking your life in your hands with this doctor if you let her touch you!!!
What went well
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What could be improved
  • Didn't trust the provider's decisions
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JM – Apr 29, 2021
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Dr. Bounoua was wonderful to work with! She did a great job of explaining the surgery, performed a perfect surgery, and 5 years later, I'm still down 100#s. She is AWESOME!
What went well
  • Staff friendliness
  • Listened & answered questions
  • Explained conditions well
  • Trusted the provider's decisions
What could be improved
No results
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Thom F – Dec 29, 2020
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Absolutely horrible ~ can not speak English even though she thinks she does ~ more concerned about her clothes then patients! Has no idea what her Oath said or means and she gets real excited to call you fat then ~ then tells you to go home and die because you're too fat for me to do my job and repair an abdominal hernia that is going to rupture and you can't make it to a hospital before I could be saved. Real Professonial NOT
What went well
No results
What could be improved
  • Difficult to schedule appointment
  • Office environment
  • Staff wasn't friendly
  • Appointment was rushed
  • Didn't listen or answer questions
  • Didn't explain conditions well
  • Didn't trust the provider's decisions
6 people found this helpful
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May 19, 2020
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my husband had a gal bladder attack and pancreatitis ....A very sever case that admitted him into Cottage Hospitol and into Dr Boudaua"s care. With the current situation with the virus I could not go into the hospital with him and felt very anxious about the whole thing! Dr. Boudaua called me many times to not only discuss his case but called at the times that she said she would call...which is rare in the difficult times.... I would highly recommend this /Dr. and can not imagine any other experience with her except a very positive one.
What went well
  • Appointment scheduling
  • Staff friendliness
  • Listened & answered questions
  • Explained conditions well
  • Trusted the provider's decisions
What could be improved
No results
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clare webber sohegain – May 15, 2020
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Went in to have the doctor verify that I had a hernia and if she could do the operation at Premier Surgery Center (where she also does surgeries) instead of Cottage (I fear that place) and she said no and I need $250 form you for this visit. Had the surgery done at Premier any way by Dr. Thoman and he honored what the insurance paid towards my office visit. Dr. Bounoua would not honored this and forced me to pay the full amount. This greedy Doctor will never see me or a family member ever again. Was it worth a 1 star rating?
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Oct 24, 2019
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Oops ment to hit thumbs up :0
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Oct 11, 2019
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This woman is a unique ethical hack
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Lies and a coward – Oct 11, 2019
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Well informed by her from the start. She's straight and to the point. Great bedside manner. Very professional, but yet compassionate.
What went well
  • Appointment scheduling
  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Appointment wasn't rushed
  • Listened & answered questions
  • Explained conditions well
  • Trusted the provider's decisions
What could be improved
No results
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Pattie – Aug 21, 2019
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Dr. Bounoua saved my life! I have an incredible amount of respect and gratitude for her. I ended up in the ER with a twisted intestine. It required immediate surgery. Dr. Bounoua stayed after already performing two other surgeries that day to do the surgery laparoscopically on me, knowing that it would be in my best interests. She is compassionate, knowledgeable, talented, listens well, and answers all my questions. I trust her completely!
What went well
  • Appointment scheduling
  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Appointment wasn't rushed
  • Listened & answered questions
  • Explained conditions well
  • Trusted the provider's decisions
What could be improved
No results
1 person found this helpful
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Jun 21, 2019
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Dr Bounoua and staff were amazing. I have not regretted my decision even once. I have lost 99 lbs in a year and couldn't be happier. Thank you so much!!! You guys are awesome
What went well
  • Appointment scheduling
  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Wait times
  • Appointment wasn't rushed
  • Listened & answered questions
  • Explained conditions well
  • Trusted the provider's decisions
What could be improved
No results
3 people found this helpful
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Rachel Gill in Buellton, CA – May 28, 2017
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Fantastic Doctor and surgeon! Very kind and gentle - excellent bedside manner. My surgery went perfect - very little pain and a very rapid recovery. I didn't even take the pain medication.
What went well
  • Appointment scheduling
  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Wait times
  • Appointment wasn't rushed
  • Listened & answered questions
  • Explained conditions well
  • Trusted the provider's decisions
What could be improved
No results
3 people found this helpful
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Barbara Delgado in Santa Barbara, CA – Feb 15, 2017
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Supper nice doctor, and person in general. Excellent surgeon.. However 4 out 5 as they never follow up with their patients after a surgery. I think this is more related to her staff.
What went well
  • Appointment scheduling
  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Appointment wasn't rushed
  • Listened & answered questions
  • Explained conditions well
  • Trusted the provider's decisions
What could be improved
  • Long wait times
3 people found this helpful
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Lilit in Santa Barbara, CA – Dec 01, 2016
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Biography

Dr. Farida Bounoua, MD is a Bariatric Surgery Specialist in Santa Barbara, CA and has over 35 years of experience in the medical field. She graduated from...Read more

Specialties

  • Bariatric Surgery
  • Colorectal Surgery
  • General Surgery

Board Certifications

  • General Surgery
  • General Surgery

Education

2008
Cedars Sinai Med Center
Fellowship Hospital
2007
Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital
Residency Hospital
2002
Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital
Internship Hospital
1997
Universite Paris V Rene Descartes
Residency Hospital
1987
University Algiers
Medical School
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Languages

  • English
  • French
  • Spanish

Awards

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What are Dr. Farida Bounoua, MD's top areas of care?

Dr. Bounoua frequently treats Umbilical Hernia, Hernia Repair, and Inguinal Hernia Repair, Laparoscopic. See all procedures and conditions Dr. Bounoua treats.

Where is Dr. Farida Bounoua, MD's office located?

Dr. Bounoua's office is located at 2323 De La Vina St Ste 207, Santa Barbara, CA 93105. Find other locations and directions on Healthgrades.

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Practice

Pacheco-medina Dental Corporation2323 De La Vina St Ste 207 Santa Barbara, CA 93105
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Affiliated Hospitals

Dr. Bounoua is affiliated with the following hospitals. Select a hospital below to learn more.

Learn more about how Healthgrades measuresHospital Quality.

Goleta Valley Cottage Hospital

Santa Barbara, CA

90% Patients that would definitely recommend, 20% higher than the national average

6 Awards Received

Award Highlight: Patient Safety Excellence Award™ (2022)

Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital

Santa Barbara, CA

87% Patients that would definitely recommend, 17% higher than the national average

9 Awards Received

Award Highlight: Outstanding Patient Experience Award™ (2021)

Santa Ynez Valley Cottage Hospital

Solvang, CA

99% Patients that would definitely recommend, 29% higher than the national average

Ventura County Medical Center

Ventura, CA

69% Patients that would definitely recommend, 1% lower than the national average