We found 6 providers matching parathyroid surgery and who accept Blue Shield of California near Santa Monica, CA.

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Dr. Melanie R Goldfarb, MD
Specializes in Surgical Oncology
2121 Santa Monica Boulevard
Santa Monica, CA
 

Dr. Melanie Goldfarb practices surgical oncology (cancer surgery). Her clinical interests include adrenalectomy (adrenal surgery), cushing's syndrome, and hyperparathyroidism. Her patients gave her an average rating of 5.0 out of 5 stars. Dr. Goldfarb accepts Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, in addition to other insurance carriers. She is a graduate of the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Chicago and a graduate of Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center's residency program. She has received professional recognition including the following: Southern California Rising Stars. Dr. Goldfarb (or staff) speaks Hebrew and Spanish. Her hospital/clinic affiliations include Providence Medical Institute and Providence Saint John's Health Center. Dr. Goldfarb welcomes new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , parathyroid surgery

All Interests: Thyroid Problems, Thyroid Cancer, Graves Disease, Thyroid Surgery, Pheochromocytoma, Lymph Node ... (Read more)

Dr. Amanda R Salvado, MD
Specializes in Facial Plastic Surgery, Otolaryngology
1301 20th Street; Suite 510
Santa Monica, CA
 

Dr. Amanda Salvado is a facial plastic surgery and otolaryngology (ear, nose, and throat) specialist. Dr. Salvado's areas of expertise include eyelid surgery, thyroid problems, and revision rhinoplasty. She is professionally affiliated with Providence Saint John's Health Center and Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center. She graduated from Tulane University School of Medicine and then she performed her residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). Dr. Salvado takes Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Aetna, as well as other insurance carriers. She welcomes new patients.

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All Interests: Eyelid Surgery, Thyroid Problems, Septoplasty, Rhinoplasty, Allergies, Sinus Problems, Brow Lift, ... (Read more)

Dr. Joel Avram Sercarz, MD
Specializes in Otolaryngology
200 Medical Plaza Drive, Suite 550; Department of Head & Neck Surgery
Los Angeles, CA
 

Dr. Joel Sercarz, who practices in Los Angeles, CA, is a medical specialist in otolaryngology (ear, nose, and throat). Patient reviews placed him at an average of 5.0 stars out of 5. Areas of particular interest for Dr. Sercarz include minimally invasive parathyroidectomy, endoscopic sinus surgery, and anterior skull base surgery. Dr. Sercarz's hospital/clinic affiliations include UCLA Medical Center, Santa Monica, Resnick Neuropsychiatric Hospital at UCLA, and Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center. He is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield. Dr. Sercarz graduated from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), David Geffen School of Medicine and then he performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). His distinctions include: Southern California Super Doctors and Southern California Super Doctors 2008. He speaks Spanish.

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Relevant Interests: , minimally invasive parathyroidectomy

All Interests: Thyroid Surgery, Anterior Skull Base Surgery, Minimally Invasive Parathyroidectomy, Endoscopic ... (Read more)

Dr. Elliott Abemayor, PhD, MD
Specializes in Otolaryngology
200 Medical Plaza; #550
Los Angeles, CA
 

Dr. Elliot Abemayor sees patients in Los Angeles, CA. His medical specialty is otolaryngology (ear, nose, and throat). Dr. Abemayor's areas of expertise consist of larynx cancer, thyroid cancer, and thyroid surgery. Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Abemayor takes. He attended medical school at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine. His training includes a residency program at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). Dr. Abemayor's distinctions include: Southern California Super Doctors; Southern California Super Doctors 2008; and Los Angeles Super Doctors. He is affiliated with Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center.

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All Interests: Thyroid Problems, Thyroid Cancer, Thyroid Surgery, Tumor, Microsurgery, Eyelid Problems, Larynx ... (Read more)

Dr. Michael Wynn Yeh, MD
Specializes in Surgery
200 Medical Plaza; #214
Los Angeles, CA
 

Dr. Michael Yeh works as a surgeon in Los Angeles, CA. On average, patients gave Dr. Yeh a rating of 4.0 stars out of 5. Areas of particular interest for Dr. Yeh include thyroid cancer and adrenal cancer. He honors Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield, as well as other insurance carriers. He attended medical school at Harvard Medical School. Dr. Yeh's training includes a residency program at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF). He has received the following distinctions: Voted Best Doctors and Southern California Super Doctors. Dr. Yeh (or staff) is conversant in Mandarin and Spanish. His hospital/clinic affiliations include UCLA Medical Center, Santa Monica and Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center.

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Clinical Interests: Thyroid Problems, Thyroid Cancer, Tumor, Endocrine Surgery, Adrenal Disorders, Adrenal Cancer, ... (Read more)

2013 Procedure Details

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  • Volume: 86
  • Charge (avg.): $5,221
  • Negotiated Rate (avg.): $984

Specializes in Surgery
1301 20th Street; Suite 100
Santa Monica, CA
 

Dr. Meena Said's area of specialization is surgery. These areas are among her clinical interests: adrenalectomy (adrenal surgery), cushing's syndrome, and minimally invasive surgery. Dr. Said is professionally affiliated with Providence Saint John's Health Center. She honors Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Aetna, and more. Her practice is open to new patients. Dr. Said attended medical school at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), David Geffen School of Medicine. In addition to English, she speaks Persian.

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All Interests: Adrenalectomy, Thyroid Problems, Thyroid Cancer, Graves Disease, Thyroid Surgery, Neck Problems, ... (Read more)

2013 Procedure Details

Source: Medicare Provider Utilization and Payment Data

  • Volume: 11
  • Charge (avg.): $4,000
  • Negotiated Rate (avg.): $159

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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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