Items Tagged ‘parathyroid’

August 24, 2018

Excessive Calcium Gone

By Liz e2unlimited

I found out from my endocrinologist that I needed a parathyroidectomy done. I have a strong aversion to surgery but my doctor decided that the adenoma on the parathyroid was large enough to potentially cause problems to the nearby area so it had to be surgically removed. I was then referred to Dr. Livhits by […]

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Tags: adenoma, anesthesia, Dr. Masha Livhits, endocrinologist, endocrinology, parathyroid, parathyroidectomy, patient stories, surgery, UCLA Endocrine Center


August 18, 2018

Parathyroid 2.0

By Nie soniecasingal

About 15 years ago, I had surgery on my left upper parathyroid. In December 2017, I had neck pains, stiffness and difficulty swallowing. I went to urgent care and they found nodules on my right side. I saw my endocrinologist in early 2018 and had a number of tests done. A biopsy showed the nodules […]

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Tags: biopsy, calcium levels, difficulty swallowing, Dr. Masha Livhits, endocrinologist, endocrinology, neck pains, nodules, parathyroid, parathyroid hormone, patient stories, surgery


July 2, 2018

Journey from a Caterpillar (Pre-Operation) to a Butterfly (Recovery)

By butterfly62 tracymays16

I have been on hemodialysis for 15 years, which gave me fluctuating parathyroid issues. Due to abnormal blood calcium levels, my nephrologist recommended that I visit Dr. Yeh. I held off on surgery for a while because I was preoccupied with another surgery the past year. Though, I knew that forgoing treatment would put me […]

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Tags: anesthesiologist, blood calcium levels, cardiologist, Dr. Michael Yeh, endocrinology, heart problems, hemodialysis, nephrologist, parathyroid, parathyroidectomy, patient stories, UCLA Endocrine Center


June 11, 2018

A Good Success

By Teddy gailpurse68

My primary care doctor last January said my blood calcium was high and he suspected a parathyroid issue. I was sent to an endocrinologist who ran more tests. CAT scans were inconclusive but I was referred to Dr. Yeh. It took 6 months to get approval from my insurance company. It required letters and appeals […]

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Tags: 4D CAT scan, blood calcium, Dr. Michael Yeh, endocrinologist, endocrinology, insurance, parathyroid, parathyroid issue, patient stories, primary care doctor, ucla endocrine, UCLA Endocrine Center


May 15, 2018

Rejuvenating Experience

By Senior stomasino88

I had kidney stone surgery which went well. Then I had a growth on the back of my head – another operation. I developed an infection and tests were run. My calcium level was high indicating a problem. My parathyroid was enlarged. I met with Dr. Livhits. She did surgery to remove it. She did […]

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Tags: calcium level, Dr. Masha Livhits, endocrinology, infection, kidney stone, kidney stone surgery, parathyroid, patient stories, UCLA Endocrine Center


May 4, 2018

No more trips to the ER

By Nancy jacksonpuppy35

I came to UCLA for a kidney transplant. They discovered a problem with my parathyroid.l My calcium level was high and I ER vihad to keep going into the ER. They tried to control it with medications but it didn’t prevent the problem. I agreed to surgery as I did not want to keep going […]

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Tags: calcium level, Dr. Michael Yeh, kidney transplant, medications, parathyroid, patient stories, surgery


May 3, 2018

Great Experience with Dr. Lihvits

By Eva hofberga

If I had to describe my experience having my parathyroid removed in 2 words, I would say it was positive and seamless. Patients only see one side of the process – they are informed how things are going to happen. But, when you go behind the scenes, you can tell that there’s a lot of […]

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Tags: Anxiety, bedside manners, doctors, nurses, parathyroid, patient stories, UCLA Medical Center Santa Monica


March 19, 2018

Rico’s Story

By Rico ricowhit

After 11 years of dialysis, I had a kidney transplant in October 2017. They found I had problems with my parathyroid so I had surgery for that. My calcium was high so in February 2018 I had surgery as my thyroid cancer had spread to my lymph nodes. The hospital staff at UCLA was very […]

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Tags: calcium, cancer, dialysis, Dr. Masha Livhits, kidney transplant, lymph nodes, parathyroid, patient stories, thyroid cancer, ucla endocrine, UCLA Endocrinology


February 26, 2018

Unexpected Occurence

By MissM marshacohen1

I found out my Calcium levels were very high through a blood test, but I really didn’t feel anything different. I figured that since everything felt normal, the long list of procedures following this diagnosis wasn’t necessary at that time. Though, following a second blood test revealing high Calcium levels again, I was encouraged to […]

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Tags: anesthesiologist, blood test, bone density test, calcium levels, Dr. Michael Yeh, exercising, motion sickness, osteopenia, osteoporosis, parathyroid, patient stories, surgery


February 12, 2018

Don’t Wait, Take Your Health Seriously

By Belle kkiang2007

During a routine checkup last August, my primary care doctor found that I had an abnormal lump in my neck. She directed me to have a set of tests and an Ultrasound, and the results came back showing high levels of Calcium in the urine and an abnormal result in the Ultrasound image. She referred […]

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Tags: abnormal lump, cancer, CT scan, Dr. Dianne Cheung, Dr. Michael Yeh, endocrinologist, endocrinology, high levels of Calcium, parathyroid, parathyroidism, patient stories, routine checkup