We value the comments of our patients. Please find below testimonials from patients who have received their care at the Mount Sinai Endocrine Surgery Parathyroid Center. All patients featured on our website have signed a HIPAA authorization form granting permission to post their testimonials and photos.
Parathyroid Surgery Patient - Nov 2013
I was recently diagnosed with a higher than normal calcium level and a Sestamibi scan showed what appeared to be a parathyroid adenoma. After some research on the internet, I decided to go directly to an expert in the field to get an opinion about surgery. I made the initial visit to Dr. Inabnet at the impressive Mt. Sinai Hess Center. The registration staff were very professional and I only waited a few minutes before being led to an immaculately clean exam room. An associate doctor performed a preliminary examination that included a comprehensive review of my medical history and digital ultrasound of my thyroid and parathyroid glands. Immediately after that, Dr. Inabnet came in and introduced himself. He put me at ease right away with his patient-friendly personality and intelligent manner. After reviewing the ultrasound images and my history, he carefully recommended minimally invasive surgery to remove the adenoma. Approximately 1 week later, I arrived at the surgical center and spent only a small amount of time in a nicely appointed waiting room before being led in for surgery. The whole procedure was performed using local anesthesia. After an additional two hours in a comfortable recovery area, I was cleared to go home. Amazingly, I had almost no pain and took only one Tylenol later that day. My calcium level returned to normal and the small incision mark on my neck is disappearing over time.
In summary, I feel that this surgical experience rates among the best that can be had. Dr. Inabnet and his support staff are very courteous, professional, and friendly. During a follow-up visit several weeks later I was again treated in the same wonderful manner. I would be happy to recommend this team of people to anyone looking for this or a related surgical treatment.
Parathyroid patient: DR (12 min parathyroidectomy, May 2013)
From my first consultation with Dr Inabnet, I knew I had picked the perfect doctor. He took the time to answer all my questions and explained the parathyroid surgery to me to me fully. The day of the surgery was very uneventful. Dr Inabnet spoke to me before the operation. The anesthesiologist and operating staff reassured me and calmed my nerves. After surgery Dr Inabnet spoke with me and my family and explained the surgery was successful and what to expect in the coming days. He said I could call anytime with any questions or problems. I was able to attend my son's destination wedding 6 weeks later with a minimal scar that no one noticed. Thank you Dr Inabnet.
Parathyroid patient: HL (minimally parathyroid surgery under local anesthesia)
I am a 74 year-old woman who recently had parathyroid surgery performed by the noted endocrine surgeon, Dr. Inabnet and I consider the experience a very good one, in every way. I believed that he would be the best possible choice to perform the procedure and I was not disappointed. I found him confident, kind, thoughtful, and sincere and attentive to me as an individual, before, during, and following the surgery. All Dr. Inabnet's office and medical staff were likewise respectful, helpful, efficient and kind at every step of the way, as were those in the other departments at Mount Sinai where I was sent for the various required pre-op procedures. From when I first called Dr. Inabnet's office inquiring about treatment, through my pre-op visit and the surgery, to my follow-up visit, I was made to feel that I must be everyone's very favorite patient at Mount Sinai!
Now, as the days and weeks since the surgery go by, I'm enjoying steadily improving health and happiness. My gratitude to all the wonderful people who made this happen cannot be overstated. Especially, of course, I thank Dr. Inabnet, himself.
Patient chooses to have surgery at Mount Sinai Parathyroid Center over reputable program in Tampa, FL
Parathyroid patient: RC (minimally invasive parathyroidectomy 2013)
Let me first off thank you for the recent, (1/23/13) parathyroid operation which has made me feel better, in terms of, giving me a healthier body and making me feel “more alive.” I know it’s early but I feel good. My appetite is good, I had no pain, and in general, feel as if I have more “umph.” Again, my thanks to you and your office staff, as well as, the operating room personnel. Each did a superb job!!
Patient feels much better after undergoing parathyroid surgery at the Parathyroid Center
Parathyroid patient: Marta, Lisbon, Portugal (minimally invasive re-operative parathyroidectomy, 2 days after surgery):I had surgery back in 2009 in Portugal to remove an overactive parathyroid gland. It was not successful. Meanwhile I had more stones growing in my kidneys, osteoporosis and high blood pressure due to my overactive parathyroid gland. As Idid not want to go through another painful exploratory surgery, my endocrinologist in Portugal recommended that I should go outside Portugal and provided me with some names. Dr. Inabnet, head of the Endocrine Surgery Parathyroid Center at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York City, was number one on his list. I decided, with the help of my husband Charlie, to contact Dr. Inabnet and explain my situation. From the very first moment we traded emails from Portugal, back and forth, I felt I was in very good hands. Dr. Inabnet was committed to help and did everything to accommodate me, knowing that I would be flying in from Lisbon, Portugal to New York. Even better, he said he would work with his team of doctors at Mt. Sinai Hospital to take care of growing tumor in my neck and my kidney stones. So I flew to NY on a Sunday and met Dr. Inabnet the next day at the Parathyroid Center. In talking with him and his understanding my health history and current complications, I knew he was the right person and I could trust him. He explained everything. After further tests Dr. Inabnet was able to locate overactive parathyroid gland on the scan. You don´t know how thankful I was and how safe I felt through all of this. He conveyed a lot of confidence which I needed to have. He also arranged to have his colleague, Dr. Owen, remove my neck tumor at the same time as the parathyroidectomy and had Dr Samadi of Mt Sinai look at my growing kidney stones. Even though New York City was paralyzed by Hurricane Sandy, my surgery went ahead as scheduled on October 31st. Dr. Inabnet and Dr. Owen performed the two surgeries back to back, removing my parathyroid gland in 25 minutes and then removed the tumor in my neck. And through it all, emails were being sent to my family in Portugal at every stage of the two surgeries as it was happening to inform them of the progress! Of the ten emails sent out by Mount Sinai, here´s my favorite that all my family received while I was still under general anesthesia in the operating room! FROM: firstname.lastname@example.org<mailto:email@example.com> Wednesday, October 31, 2012 6:18 PM You have received a message from Dr. William Inabnet of The Mount Sinai Hospital: Marta's overactive parathyroid gland has been removed. The parathryoid hormone levels have been sent to the lab. Admitting physician and specialties: Dr. William Inabnet Professor of Surgery •Parathyroid Center Powered by MDconnectME Thanks to to Dr. Inabnet and Dr. Owen and their team or their great professionalism and nice people they are and especially for the results. I will always remember these days that I spent in NY and in 10 or 15 years when I am still jogging and know that my bones are strong because Dr.Inabnet has cured me!
Patient from Portugal recieves complex, expert care at the Parathyroid Center
Parathyroid patient: PT, New York, NY (Endoscopic transaxillary parathyroidectomy, 3 weeks after surgery, Sept 2012):
I would strongly recommend Dr Inabnet for an endoscopic parathyroid surgery. I was diagnosed with a tumor on my parathyroid gland recently, 20 years since my iodine treatment for hyperactive thyroid disorder. I scar easily and is prone to keloid hence my decision for iodine treatment. When my generalist said there were no other options but surgery, I was devastated until a visit to Dr Inabnet's office.
It's been a month since the surgery and the scar which is "invisible" is healing very nicely - a thin crease within the folds of my underarm. No keloid! I feel so much better. The fogginess and extreme fatigue have disappeared. And to me, miraculously, my chronic back pain has improved so much I no longer need to lie down in the middle of the day. Before the surgery, I was on pain medication and was not able to sit for more than 3 consecutive hours, without feeling intense pain.
I would strongly recommend Dr Inabnet to all who do not want any scar on the neck. I couldn't be happier with the result of the surgery and my experience throughout the treatment has been excellent. Dr Inabnet is caring, patient and obviously a great surgeon. His staff is always courteous and helpful.
Patient with history of keloid scar is very statisfied with the endoscopic transaxillary parathyroid surgery in which the incision is placed under the arm pit
Parathyroid patient: MS, ENT surgeon (minimally invasive parathyroidectomy under local anesthesia, December 2011):
None of us want to hear that we have a health problem. When it does arise, however, we switch into a “let’s get it taken care of” mode and start doing everything possible to deal with the problem so that we can move forward unencumbered.
Four years ago a routine blood test revealed that I had an elevated calcium level. At first it was attributed to other medications that I was taking, but, despite corrective measures taken by my primary physicians, the levels remained the same or higher. Initial nuclear scans and ultrasound failed to reveal any discreet masses in the parathyroid glands and medical treatment and observation continued. Muscle cramping and spasms continued to get worse and more frequent until I sought the expertise of an endocrinologist who made the diagnosis by ultrasound. He then sent me for confirmatory radiological testing. This was in many ways a big relief in itself because, now, I knew that I could be cured. Now the question became who would be the surgeon I would put my trust in to perform the procedure.
After much researching and questioning, I chose Dr. William. B. Inabnet. I called to schedule an appointment and from the beginning of this process everyone was professional. The appointment was made with no problems or obstacles; Dr. Inabnet’s nurse Denise was kind, courteous and efficient. The day of the appointment the staff continued to be efficient, caring and concerned. I saw the doctor within 10 minutes of my scheduled appointment time. During my exam I felt that Dr. Inabnet was focused on me and that my concerns and problems were all that mattered to him. He examined me; reviewed my medical records and tests. He explained completely the procedure and what it could do to cure my condition. We set a date for the surgery. When I left his office I was completely confident in my choice of surgeons and reassured that my hypercalcemia would be cured with minimal post surgical down time.
The day of the surgery my wife & I walked into Mount Sinai and I checked in about 9:15 AM. Registration was quick and efficient. By noon I was in the operating room having my procedure done. After the procedure he discussed it with my wife and addressed any of her questions in a caring and concerned manner which was tremendously reassuring to her.
Recovery time in the post op unit was short. I was given something to eat and monitored for about an hour. Before we left Dr. Inabnet stopped by for a second time to let us know how everything went and what to expect over the first week after surgery. Again, he addressed and answered any further questions that we had. We left the hospital around 4 PM and arrived home shortly thereafter.
I would wholeheartedly recommend Dr. Inabnet and his entire team without any reservation based on my experience with him and Mount Sinai Hospital.
Dr Inabnet is a surgeon's surgeon
Combined parathyroid and thyroid patient: A Judge (minimally invasive parathyroidectomy and thyroidectomy, 3 weeks after surgery, Sept 2012)
It is important to understand my comments in context of who I am. I am very particular, detailed and demanding of myself and others. That said, my experience with Dr. William B. Inabnet and his staff was truly superior and outstanding. There was immediate attention to my needs in the scheduling of my initial appointment by his staff. When I met with him he was confident in a non-asuming way, and I just knew and felt that he was an outstanding physician from the very beginning. As our meeting and his examination progressed he and his resident demonstrated their knowledge of the medicine applicable to my presentation and symptoms. When it came to making a decision about surgery for the two different problems I had, Dr. Inabnet was gently and knowledgeably firm about one decision about which he felt there was no election, and very helpful in guiding me to a reasoned decision where there were two options. He gave me as much time as I needed to discuss my treatment.. As a result, I felt confident with the medical treatment plan that we agreed upon.
The surgery date was scheduled while I was still in the office, and took place shortly thereafter. He spent time with me both pre and post surgery and made me feel comfortable and safe with the procedure. The procedure was done with such skill I barely felt as if it had been done, and felt well within a matter of days. The scar is quite small and placed so as to be almost not visible. He personally called me with biopsy results and discussed them and treatment in detail. I was comforted that he did not wait until the post op appointment to discuss them. My visit with him post surgery was informative and he and staff were willing to answer all questions without hesitation.
He is truly a magnificently skilled physician and i recommend him without hesitation. All doctors should be like him, and if they were, I believe we would be healthier.
A very satisified Parathyroid Center patient
Parathyroid patient: MA, Minneapolis, MN (Endoscopic transaxillary parathyroidectomy):
After months of not feeling well, and not being sick either, we found that I have parathyroid adenoma (high calcium levels coupled to a high PTH level) and surgery was recommended by my Endocrinologist. I did not want surgery right away so I was put on Sensipar tablets; within a week it had brought my calcium level to 10.6 from 11.4, and my PTH hormone level to 197 from 200, but with a blood glucose level of 160. I was alarmed, and stopped the Sensipar and started thinking very hard about a parathyroid surgery. I read and read, and saw that choosing the right Surgeon was the most important denominator to a very successful and problem free procedure. Dr William Inabnet: his name flashed in front of me and I felt instant recognition. Before I started to read about him and his practice, I thought this is the man for my surgery - it still baffles me, except to say that my prayers were answered when I found him. What a Surgeon, not only is he a great one at his craft, he is humble and exhibits such great concern and care for his patients; I am so grateful and thankful that I found him.
Right from the get go, his first telephone call to me because I was out of state, kept my mind at ease, and the fact that I knew I had the right Surgeon, was so comforting to me, I was very worried because of the complicating situation that my parathyroid was accessed and biopsied by my clinic in Minneapolis without them knowing it was my parathyroid. Other practice settings would require patients to sign and acknowledge that factor, that their surgery not only got more complicated, by they might have voice issues. Dr Inabnet said it is complicated but we would do the localization test and do the surgery. I was so thrilled, so comforted before my meeting. When I flew in to see Dr Inabnet in person, right from the get go, I felt like had been my Physician and Surgeon all my life with his ease in explaining the path we will take to get me well. I had the surgery in July 2012, without any complication, and no neck scars because I had the endoscopic Transaxillary parathyroidectomy. I have to tell you about my surgery or you would not know it. People at my job that knew I travelled to have this surgery, keep stretching to see where the incision is, and I will tell them it is under my armpit. I really love to see their reaction, people are not even aware that you can have parathyroid surgery that way. It is fun and amusing.
I will recommend Dr Inabnet any day, anytime; he is a fabulous Healer, Physician, Teacher and Surgeon, and I hope he mounts an Internet network presence that brings him and his practice up out front readily, so patients on the net can make an informed choice.
Patient has no scar on the neck after endoscopic parathyroid removal
Parathyroid patient: DK (parathyroidectomy under local anesthesia, January 2012)
Dr. William B Inabnet, III recently performed surgery to remove a non-malignant tumor from my parathyroid at the Mt. Sinai Medical Center Ambulatory Surgery Suites. I received excellent care from the moment I arrived at the facility. Every doctor, nurse and staff member was efficient, pleasant and concerned with my well being. It was simply the smoothest and low stress surgery experience I ever had. During the procedure my husband enjoyed the comfortable waiting room with internet access and a spectacular view of northern Manhattan.
I was impressed with Dr. Inabnet from our initial consult through my surgery and recovery. I left his remarkably thorough initial consult confident he had considered my complex medical history and trusting his surgical recommendation. His demeanor exuded caring and competence. Dr. Inabnet contacted me personally to brief me before and check up on me after the procedure. I feel great and my scar is barely noticeable after a month’s time. I highly recommend Dr. Inabnet and the services of Mt. Sinai Medical Center Ambulatory Surgery Suites.
The surgeons at the Parathyroid Center make the smallest possible incision to safely perform parathyroid surgery
Parathyroid patient: PO, Highland Park, NJ (minimally invasive parathyroidectomy under local anesthesia, December 2011)
I had a parathyroidectomy at Mt. Sinai on December 21, 2011. My surgeon was Dr. William B. Inabnet. The staff from the reception to the nurses and aides were patient, polite and supportive. Dr. Inabnet was pleasant, conscientious and informative, and the surgery was successful.
The staff at Mount Sinai Parathyroid Center strives to achieve perfection
Parathyroid patient: JS (minimally invasive parathyroidectomy under local anesthesia, March 2012)
I am so very pleased with Dr. Inabnet and his staff for the courteous and very professional manner that my preop, operation as well as postop procedures were handled. I had one parathyroid gland removed because of an adenoma. The surgery was over in seemingly no time at all. I felt absolutely no pain and did not require any of the medication for pain prescribed for me. I left the hospital after this same day surgery feeling a little tired and with some tightness in my throat area. The next day, I chose to rest but surely could have resumed my activities if I chose to. The skin glue used over the very small incision was barely visible and no one noticed anything unless I pointed it out. Overall, I must say this was a most pleasant experience, if one needs surgery, and this was surely due to the expertise and the professionalism of Dr. Inabnet. Thank you so much.
There is very little pain following minimally invasive parathyroidectomy
Parathyroid patient: DO, March 2012 (minimally invasive parathyroidectomy under local anesthesia)
I felt at ease, cared for and educated with Dr Inabnet and the surgical staff at Mt Sinai. Post surgery very little discomfort! CAUTION: must follow instructions.
The Parathyroid Center team is committed to educating our patients about the many treatment options
Parathyoid patient: LM (parathryroidectomy under local anesthesia, October 2011)
I had a parathyroid removed. Let me first say, you are excellent hands, from beginning to end!
The office associates were helpful, friendly and very reassuring. They spent as much time as I needed to get questions answered and arrangements made. I never felt rushed. There were tests that needed to be done before the surgery and all of the appointments were set up through the doctor’s office, reducing the number of calls I needed to make.
Dr. Inabnet was professional, calming, informative, and what he explained would happen, did. My surgery was an out patient procedure. The staff at the facility was also friendly, calming and reassuring. The facility itself was impressive. My husband was able to stay with me right to the door of the operating room. He was kept informed every step of the way.
After the surgery, I was monitored for several hours before I was released. I felt little discomfort and had no nausea. I spoke with the anesthesiologist the day of the procedure and explained my concerns. He was very reassuring and he too did what he said, I felt no nausea. My incision is about an inch long. It was made in a crease in my neck making it less noticeable and as Dr. Inabnet had explained within nine months it will be barely if at all noticeable.
I stayed in bed and did take painkillers for the first 2.5 days. I slept. Dr. Inabnet’s office called the next day to see how I was feeling, to listen to my voice and to see if I had any questions or concerns. Two days after the surgery I was up and about but did take it easy.
The staff at the Parathyoid Center is attentive to their patients needs, which helps calm and reassure our patients
Parathyroid – patient RF, Morristown, NJ (minimally invasive parathyroidectomy under local anesthesia)
Surgery day went smoothly, thanks to the admitting personnel, nursing staff, Dr. Inabnet and OR team. With local (cervical block), I was awake, relaxed, during the short surgery. At home, took med. for minimal discomfort (incision). Applied cold pack to bruised area on neck (cervical block site). Healing beautifully!
Phote below 2 weeks after surgery
Patients are generally very comfortable during surgery. Some mild bruising at the local anesthesia site is not uncommon.
Parathyroid patient: RB (minimally invasive parathyroidectomy, October 2011)
There is no better. I was so apprehensive about the operation. My friend recommended Dr. Inabnet as well as my family doctor. They were both right. He was wonderful. Listened to our questions, answering each and everyone as if it were the first time he heard them. The operation went so smoothly, my wife complained that it was too fast and she had brought lots of paper work to do while she was waiting. She just about made it through the first layer of work. He is the best. My only complaint? There is no visible scar. I have nothing to show people that I underwent an operation.
Surgery was completed in less than 15 minutes with no visible scar
Parathyroid patient: JP, Mastic Beach, NY (minimally invasive parathyroidectomy under local anesthesia):
Dear Dr Inabnet and Staff: I would like to thank you for the quality of care I received from the confirmation of my diagnosis of primary hyperparathyroidism to the post op visit. You were extremely knowledgeable, compassionate and proficient with the procedure. I truly appreciate the time and down to earth approach both my husband and I received during the pre-op visit in which you explained the scans, diagnosis and procedure. Thank you for being an outstanding surgeon.
Patient receives compassionate care at the Parathyroid Center
Parathyroid patient: GH, June 2013
Dr. Inabnet was highly recommended by my endocrinologist and I was not disappointed! From the beginning, I received friendly, caring professional attention. The surgery was successful and from the first appointment thru the actual surgery and the final follow-up visit, it went smoothly and efficiently. Thank you all!
Parathyroid patient: ST, parathyroidectomy June 2013
After probably well over a decade of unexplained osteopenia and then osteoporosis, frequent urination, rising blood pressure, word finding problems and unexplained bouts of bone pain here and there, my endocrinologist found that my PTH was elevated. Extra vitamin D did nothing. Medications for osteoporosis did nothing. So, surgery was suggested.
I expected pain after the surgery. I figured that my voice would be affected for a while post-surgery. I wondered how many lobes would need to be removed, because I couldn't believe that so many problems could be a result of such a tiny piece of tissue malfunctioning.
All of my concerns turned out to be unfounded. Dr. Inabnet performed the surgery with local anesthesia and nerve blocks. The anesthesiologist explained that medication would prevent my remembering the procedure. I felt alert and quite normal in the recovery room after the operation. The only proof that I had a procedure was the IV needle in my arm and a tiny steri-strip at the base of my neck. I had no discomfort. My voice was normal. I waited for some pain, but there wasn't any. I never even took a Tylenol.
The PTH level is checked after a lobe is excised. My level dropped like a rock. I was thrilled to see the word "cured" on the post-op note to the referring physician. In the days after the surgery I noticed less word finding problems and I didn't run to the bathroom after every glass of water or cup of coffee. It had been so many years, that I forgot what normal felt like. My bone pains were intermittent, but I'm guessing that those are a thing of the past, too. My blood pressure also came down. I am absolutely amazed!
If I had a choice between a cure and a scar, I would take the scar. But I didn't need to make much of a choice. The surgical site is a line about an inch long pretty much in shadow. My grandson is 3 and notices every band aid and boo boo. He has yet to point to my neck and ask what happened.
I realize that everyone's experience is different, but my experience couldn't have been better.
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