Finding Providers
loading

We found 4 providers matching parathyroid surgery and who accept Harvard Pilgrim Health Care near Bridgeport, CT.

Showing 1-4 of 4
No Photo
Specializes in Otolaryngology
2800 Main Street; Department of Surgery
Bridgeport, CT
 

Dr. Sara Richer is a medical specialist in otolaryngology (ear, nose, and throat). Anthem, ConnectiCare, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Richer honors. Before completing her residency at McGaw Medical Center of Northwestern University, Dr. Richer attended medical school at Rush Medical College. Dr. Richer is professionally affiliated with Yale New Haven Health System. She is open to new patients.

Read more

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
No Photo
Specializes in General Surgery, Critical Care
267 Grant Street
Bridgeport, CT
 

Dr. Walter Cholewczynski is a general surgery and critical care (intensive care medicine) specialist in Bridgeport, CT and New Haven, CT. He is affiliated with Yale New Haven Health System. Dr. Cholewczynski accepts Anthem, ConnectiCare, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield, as well as other insurance carriers. Before performing his residency at Maimonides Medical Center, Dr. Cholewczynski attended Eastern Virginia Medical School. Dr. Cholewczynski (or staff) speaks the following languages: Spanish, French, and Haitian Creole.

Read more

Relevant Interests: , parathyroid surgery

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

No Photo
Specializes in Pediatric Surgery, General Surgery
310 Mill Hill Avenue
Bridgeport, CT
 

Dr. Subhash Shah is a pediatric surgeon and general surgeon. These areas are among Dr. Shah's clinical interests: cancer surgery, burn surgery, and colectomy (colon resection). He is affiliated with Yale New Haven Health System. He is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Anthem, ConnectiCare, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield. New patients are welcome to contact Dr. Shah's office for an appointment. He attended medical school at Jawaharlal Nehru Medical College. His medical residency was performed at Bridgeport Hospital.

Read more

Relevant Interests: , parathyroid surgery

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

No Photo
Specializes in Pediatric Surgery, General Surgery
310 Mill Hill Avenue
Bridgeport, CT
 

Dr. Richard Garvey, who practices in Bridgeport, CT and New Haven, CT, is a medical specialist in pediatric surgery and general surgery. He has indicated that his clinical interests include breast surgery. Dr. Garvey honors several insurance carriers, including Anthem, ConnectiCare, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield. After completing medical school at Georgetown University School of Medicine, he performed his residency at Boston Medical Center. Dr. Garvey speaks Spanish. He is professionally affiliated with Yale New Haven Health System. He is accepting new patients.

Read more

Relevant Interests: , parathyroid surgery

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

Gender

Insurance

New Patients

Medicare Patient Conditions

Medicare Patient Ethnicity

Foreign Language

Online Communication

Patient Demographic

Medical School

Residency

Specialty

Years Since Graduation

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.