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

Dr. Sara Richer works as an ear, nose and throat specialist. Patient ratings for Dr. Richer average 4.0 stars out of 5. She is professionally affiliated with Yale New Haven Health System. Dr. Richer is in-network for Anthem, ConnectiCare, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and more. Dr. Richer has an open panel. She obtained her medical school training at Rush Medical College and performed her residency at McGaw Medical Center of Northwestern University.

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

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

Dr. Richard Garvey's specialties are pediatric surgery and general surgery. Dr. Garvey is conversant in Spanish. Clinical interests for Dr. Garvey include breast surgery. He is professionally affiliated with Yale New Haven Health System. He is a graduate of Georgetown University School of Medicine and a graduate of Boston Medical Center's residency program. Dr. Garvey accepts several insurance carriers, including Anthem, ConnectiCare, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield. He is accepting new patients.

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

Specializes in General Surgery, Critical Care
267 Grant Street
Bridgeport, CT
 

Dr. Walter Cholewczynski, who practices in Bridgeport, CT, is a medical specialist in general surgery and critical care (intensive care medicine). Dr. Cholewczynski (or staff) speaks the following languages: Spanish, French, and Haitian Creole. He is professionally affiliated with Yale New Haven Health System. Dr. Cholewczynski attended medical school at Eastern Virginia Medical School. For his professional training, Dr. Cholewczynski completed a residency program at Maimonides Medical Center. He is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Anthem, ConnectiCare, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield.

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

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

Dr. Subhash Shah is a pediatric surgeon and general surgeon in Bridgeport, CT. Clinical interests for Dr. Shah include cancer surgery, burn surgery, and colectomy (colon resection). He accepts Anthem, ConnectiCare, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield, as well as other insurance carriers. After completing medical school at Jawaharlal Nehru Medical College, he performed his residency at Bridgeport Hospital. Dr. Shah is affiliated with Yale New Haven Health System. New patients are welcome to contact his 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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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.

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