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Specializes in Otolaryngology
2800 Main Street; Department of Surgery
Bridgeport, CT
 

Dr. Sara Richer's area of specialization is otolaryngology (ear, nose, and throat). She is professionally affiliated with Yale New Haven Health System. Dr. Richer is a graduate of Rush Medical College and a graduate of McGaw Medical Center of Northwestern University's residency program. She is in-network for Anthem, ConnectiCare, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield, in addition to other insurance carriers. She has an open panel.

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Relevant Interests: , parathyroid surgery

All Interests: Thyroid Cancer, Thyroid Surgery, Sinus Problems, Parathyroid Surgery, Salivary Gland Surgery, ... (Read more)

2013 Procedure Details

  • Medicare Volume: 11
  • Uninsured Cost: $3,520
  • Medicare Cost: $1,050
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Specializes in General Surgery, Critical Care
267 Grant Street
Bridgeport, CT
 

Dr. Walter Cholewczynski works as a general surgeon and intensive care specialist. He is affiliated with Yale New Haven Health System. He is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Anthem, ConnectiCare, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield. Before completing his residency at Maimonides Medical Center, Dr. Cholewczynski attended medical school at Eastern Virginia Medical School. Dr. Cholewczynski (or staff) speaks the following foreign languages: Spanish, French, and Haitian Creole.

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All Interests: Cancer Surgery, Inguinal Hernia, Thyroid Surgery, Tumor, Wounds, Laparoscopic Appendectomy, Hernia ... (Read more)

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Specializes in Pediatric Surgery, General Surgery
310 Mill Hill Avenue
Bridgeport, CT
 

Dr. Subhash Shah's medical specialty is pediatric surgery and general surgery. His clinical interests include cancer surgery, burn surgery, and colectomy (colon resection). Anthem, ConnectiCare, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Shah honors. He attended Jawaharlal Nehru Medical College for medical school and subsequently trained at Bridgeport Hospital for residency. He is affiliated with Yale New Haven Health System. New patients are welcome to contact Dr. Shah's office for an appointment.

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All Interests: Cancer Surgery, Thyroid Surgery, Breast Surgery, Burn Surgery, Colectomy, Hernia Surgery, Bowel ... (Read more)

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Specializes in Pediatric Surgery, General Surgery
310 Mill Hill Avenue
Bridgeport, CT
 

Dr. Richard Garvey works as a pediatric surgeon and general surgeon in Bridgeport, CT and New Haven, CT. Dr. Garvey attended medical school at Georgetown University School of Medicine. He trained at Boston Medical Center for residency. In his practice, he is particularly interested in breast surgery. Anthem, ConnectiCare, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Garvey accepts. Dr. Garvey speaks Spanish. He is affiliated with Yale New Haven Health System. His practice is open to new patients.

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All Interests: Bloodless Medicine/Transfusion-Free Surgery, Thyroid Surgery, Breast Surgery, Wounds, Laparoscopic ... (Read more)

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What is Parathyroid Surgery?

Parathyroid surgery is a procedure done to identify and remove diseased parathyroid glands. These tiny glands in the neck regulate calcium levels in the body. Occasionally, one or more of the parathyroid glands can become hyperactive, swelling and causing too much calcium to be moved from the bones to the bloodstream. This is called hyperparathyroidism, and it can cause problems including weakness, nervous system disorders, and kidney problems. To treat hyperparathyroidism, overactive parathyroid glands are removed.

One kind of parathyroid surgery is called bilateral neck exploration. The surgeon finds and looks at all of the parathyroid glands on both sides of the neck, visually identifying any that are diseased and removing them. Minimally invasive, or focused, parathyroidectomy is done to remove a single diseased gland. The gland causing problems is identified before surgery using localization techniques such as hormonal or radiology testing. Since in most cases only one gland is causing problems, focused parathyroidectomy is a common alternative to bilateral neck exploration. Both procedures are safe and effective.

In the rare case that all four glands are diseased, the surgeon will either remove three and a half glands and leave one half in place, or all four will be removed and part of one gland will be transplanted into the forearm. This is done to keep calcium levels where they should be.

After surgery, you will have a bandage on your neck and a sore throat. You may only want liquids or very soft food for the first day, and you may be asked to take calcium supplements for a while until your remaining parathyroid glands begin functioning well again. Recovery is fairly quick, and within a few days you should be feeling like yourself again.