Dr. Lyall Gorenstein

General Surgery
New York, NY
40 years experience male

Locations

Office

New York, NY

Address

161 Fort Washington, New York, NY
Directions

Insurances accepted

Aetna

BlueCross BlueShield

UnitedHealthcare

Office

Pomona, NY

Office

New York, NY

About

Bio

Dr. Lyall Gorenstein is board certified in Thoracic surgery. He completed his training in 1992, in cardiothoracic surgery at the University of Toronto. He also did a one year fellowship in Thoracic Oncology at MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston Texas. Since completing his training he has been in practice at New York Presbyterian Hospital in New York, leading their efforts in minimally invasive thoracic surgery. His interests include; lung cancer, esophageal diseases, tracheal surgery, hyperhidrosis, and mediastinal surgery. He has authored numerous book chapters, and peer reviewed articles in various topics related to Thoracic Surgery.

Specialties
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General Surgery

Thoracic Surgery

Languages spoken

English

Doctor Q&A

49 Answers
11 Agrees
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A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Lyall Gorenstein
General Surgery 40 years experience
Blood thinners: Generally after getting a blood clot in the lung you will need to be on a blood thinner for at least six months, depending on the cause of the blood c... Read More
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A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Lyall Gorenstein
General Surgery 40 years experience
Not necessarily: Chest pain is a very broad symptom, and can be related to many different disorders, some serious, and others not so serious. If the reason for being o... Read More
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A 23-year-old member asked:
Dr. Lyall Gorenstein
General Surgery 40 years experience
Unknown: The risk of getting lung cancer increases with the amount smoked, but there are other factors beside smoking that increases an individuals risk of get... Read More
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A 26-year-old male asked:
Dr. Lyall Gorenstein
General Surgery 40 years experience
Maybe: You probably mean, a chest xray. It will show some lung cancers, but it is not as good a test for detecting small or early lung tumors, as is a low do... Read More
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A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Lyall Gorenstein
General Surgery 40 years experience
Yes !!!: Lung cancer is curable when found early. There are two broad categories of lung cancer; small cell and non small cell. Adenocarcinoma is the most comm... Read More
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A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Lyall Gorenstein
General Surgery 40 years experience
Keep fit: Follow all the instructions you get from the transplant center where you are listed for transplant. Exercise maintain your nutrition don't smoke ... Read More
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A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Lyall Gorenstein
General Surgery 40 years experience
See a thoracic surge: Thoracic surgeons experienced in repairing pe deformity are your best resource to evaluate the severity of your deformity and to recommend treatment i... Read More
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A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Lyall Gorenstein
General Surgery 40 years experience
Yes: Pe often leads to poor posture that can lead to a sore back.
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A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Lyall Gorenstein
General Surgery 40 years experience
There is none: Pe is a structural deformity. Not all need to be surgically corrected, but if it is severe only surgery can correct it. There are no braces or exercis... Read More
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A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. Lyall Gorenstein
General Surgery 40 years experience
No: Should not cause you to feel anything unless another complication occurs. Usually results in fibrosis of the lung causing shortness of breath.
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A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Lyall Gorenstein
General Surgery 40 years experience
Twice daily: If the medication you mean is robinul, (glycopyrrolate) it is generally taken twice daily.
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A 21-year-old female asked:
Dr. Lyall Gorenstein
General Surgery 40 years experience
Many options: I ask you to visit my website on hyperhidrosis. It is a very comprehensive website, that covers all of the treatment options for patients with differe... Read More
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A 29-year-old member asked:
Dr. Lyall Gorenstein
General Surgery 40 years experience
Culture fluid : Usually start with a ct scan, followed by aspiration of fluid from the pleural space to see if it's infected.
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A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Lyall Gorenstein
General Surgery 40 years experience
Bracing for pectus: First off you need a medical evaluation, by a doctor familiar with pectus deformity. If you do in fact have a pectus carinatum deformity, it can be co... Read More
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A 19-year-old male asked:
Dr. Lyall Gorenstein
General Surgery 40 years experience
Yes: It depends what you mean by medecines. There are topical agents that require a perscription, and there are also a family of oral medications. Generall... Read More
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A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Lyall Gorenstein
General Surgery 40 years experience
Pectus carinatum: Pc when the chest protrudes.
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A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Lyall Gorenstein
General Surgery 40 years experience
Yes: Smoking pot is bad for you only numerous levels.
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A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Lyall Gorenstein
General Surgery 40 years experience
Excellent: One year survival is > 90%, and the 5 year survival over 60% and perhaps better depending on the reason he was transplanted we wish him the best of l... Read More
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A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Lyall Gorenstein
General Surgery 40 years experience
<5%: Benign tumors of lung are rare many lung nodules are benign, because they are caused by an inflammatory agent.
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A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Lyall Gorenstein
General Surgery 40 years experience
Great question: There are many theories. It seems that although the thymus should involute, in patients with mg, it plays a role in production of antibodies that effe... Read More
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A 49-year-old female asked:
Dr. Lyall Gorenstein
General Surgery 40 years experience
Follow up with MD: You should follow up with your GI specialist, to have symptoms worked up, with endoscopy, perhaps motility studies, and an uper GI series.
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A 21-year-old member asked:
Dr. Lyall Gorenstein
General Surgery 40 years experience
Likely not: This is a complex question. Without knowing what your esophageal function was like, and why you had the surgery in the first place, and your symptoms ... Read More
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A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Lyall Gorenstein
General Surgery 40 years experience
See a doctor: Chest trauma is a very large topic. It can range anywhere from a rib fracture to major internal organ injury. The majority of chest trauma is caused f... Read More
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A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Lyall Gorenstein
General Surgery 40 years experience
1-2 weeks: Most people recover very quickly after a wedge resection.
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A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Lyall Gorenstein
General Surgery 40 years experience
Yes: Pe is a sunken chest associated with deformed cartilages. I'm not sure what you are referring to when you say " barrel chest". People with emphysema o... Read More
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A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Lyall Gorenstein
General Surgery 40 years experience
No short answer here: That's a really complicated question. There are a whole host of disorders that cause fibrosis of the lung. The most common is called uip, which is a ... Read More
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A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Lyall Gorenstein
General Surgery 40 years experience
Many causes: There are many causes of ild. Best refer to a pathology text book of lung diseses for a comprehensive list.
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A 29-year-old member asked:
Dr. Lyall Gorenstein
General Surgery 40 years experience
All organs in chest: Thoracic surgeons care for all surgical diseases of the chest which includes; lungs, esophagus, thymus, heart, aorta, great vessels, chest wall, ribs,... Read More
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A 29-year-old member asked:
Dr. Lyall Gorenstein
General Surgery 40 years experience
Scar tissue develops: It is a rare disorder. Scar tissue builds up and deforms organs in the mediastinum. Most commonly the trachea or superior vena cava are effected.
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A 59-year-old male asked:
Dr. Lyall Gorenstein
General Surgery 40 years experience
Surgical repair: Not all hiatal hernias need to be repaired. The common type i hernia causes gerd, and is usually treated medically, but sometimes requires surgery bec... Read More
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A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Lyall Gorenstein
General Surgery 40 years experience
There are many: There are many possible symptoms. These include but are not limited to; cough, chest pain, coughing up blood, shortness of breath, weight loss, headac... Read More
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A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Lyall Gorenstein
General Surgery 40 years experience
No: Pc has no impact on heart or lung function.
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A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Lyall Gorenstein
General Surgery 40 years experience
Not necessarily: A barrel chest commonly refers to the changes that occur from copd. A protruding chest is a description ofchanges to the sternum also sometimes referr... Read More
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A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Lyall Gorenstein
General Surgery 40 years experience
Nothing: It's purely a cosmetic issue, that can easily be fixed with bracing.
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A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Lyall Gorenstein
General Surgery 40 years experience
No: You will have some recovery time. Likely 2-4 weeks atleast before you are going back. That will also depend on the severity of the pectus, and the sur... Read More
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A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Lyall Gorenstein
General Surgery 40 years experience
All the time: Most thoracic procedures are currently being done with vats.
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A 22-year-old female asked:
Dr. Lyall Gorenstein
General Surgery 40 years experience
Both: Hand weakness after Botox is a common side effect. I do not advocate Botox for palmar hyperhidrosis for this exact reason. The results are short live... Read More
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A 20-year-old member asked:
Dr. Lyall Gorenstein
General Surgery 40 years experience
See a specialist: Those symptoms are unusual. Thymoma can be associated with a variety of neuromuscular disorders. You should see specialists who treat thymoma (thoraci... Read More
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A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Lyall Gorenstein
General Surgery 40 years experience
Several options: There are many options to treat palmar hyperhidrosis. I recommend you visit my web site. It is a very comprehensive reviewof treatment options for hyp... Read More
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A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Lyall Gorenstein
General Surgery 40 years experience
Yes: I run the center for hyperhidrosis at new york presbyterian hospital in nyc. Check out our web site.
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A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Lyall Gorenstein
General Surgery 40 years experience
The same: Also known as pigeon chest.
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A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Lyall Gorenstein
General Surgery 40 years experience
Pectus carinatum: Pc when the chest protrudes.
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A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Lyall Gorenstein
General Surgery 40 years experience
They are the same: When you have an infection in the chest cavity or pleural space, it's called an empyema. It can be caused by bacteria, fungi, mycobacteria, and rarely... Read More
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A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Lyall Gorenstein
General Surgery 40 years experience
Surgery: Ocassionally surgery for collapsed lung if does not expand and stay up with a chest tube.
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A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Lyall Gorenstein
General Surgery 40 years experience
Doesn't matter: Exercise is not going to worsen a congenital chest deformity.
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A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. Lyall Gorenstein
General Surgery 40 years experience
Depends where you li: The tests that are used to evaluate hiatal hernia include; barium swallow, cat scan , and upper endoscopy. These tests are available at most hospitals... Read More
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A 21-year-old female asked:
Dr. Lyall Gorenstein
General Surgery 40 years experience
3-4 x/week: Start out 3-4 times/week, and than reduce frequency, if it works for you. Use it for 30 minutes at a time, and increase the ampage as much as you can ... Read More
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A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Lyall Gorenstein
General Surgery 40 years experience
After surgery: Most commonly after sternotomy and heart surgery, but it can happen after other operations, after instrumentation, such as esophagoscopy, and ocassion... Read More
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A member asked:
Dr. Lyall Gorenstein
General Surgery 40 years experience
No: Radiation therapy is generally not given prophylactically to the brain (pci). It is used for some patients with small cell lung cancer, to prevent bra... Read More
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Dr. Gorenstein is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower1
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Mar 31, 2015
Dr. Gorenstein is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower1
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Education & Training

Medical/Graduate school

University of Toronto Faculty of Medicine
Graduated 1983MD

Medical/Graduate school

University of Toronto Faculty of Medicine, ON
Graduated 1983MD

Affiliations

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New york and presbyterian hospital
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