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Dr. Daniel Para

General Surgery
Phoenix, AZ
31 years experience male

Locations

Office

Phoenix, AZ

Address

9515 W Camelback Rd #132, Phoenix, AZ
Directions

My office hours

Tuesday: 8:00am - 5:00pm
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Insurances accepted

Aetna

Arizona Health Care Cost Containment System (AHCCCS)

Blue Cross Blue Shield Of Arizona

CHAMPUS

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Health Net of Arizona

LifeWise Health Plan of Arizona

Medicare

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United HealthCare Insurance Company

Para Surgical Specialists, PLLC

Phoenix, AZ

About

Bio

I am a board-certified general surgeon, practicing the full spectrum of surgical disease, including cancer of the breast and colon, all abdominal surgeries, thyroid and parathyroid surgery, as well as upper and lower endoscopy (EGD and Colonoscopy). Surgery for GERD (TIF procedure) is a specialty.

Specialties
Doctors may have more than one area of specialty interest. Board certification in a specialty area means the doctor has completed formal training and has practice experience in that specialty, and has passed the certification examination from the corresponding accredited medical specialty board.

General Surgery

Colon and Rectal Surgery

Phlebology

Surgical Oncology

Trauma Surgery

Licenses

United States: Arizona, California, Illinois, Kansas

Languages spoken

English, German, Italian

Doctor Q&A

168 Answers
56 Agrees
The number of answers this doctor has agreed with.
A 60-year-old female asked:
Dr. Daniel Para
General Surgery 31 years experience
Yes: Many abdominal hernias can be repaired at the same time as gallbladder surgery. This may not be true in all cases, however. An infected gallbladder, ... Read More
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A 40-year-old male asked:
Dr. Daniel Para
General Surgery 31 years experience
Unrelated, likely: Umbilical hernias containing "fat" are frequent findings on abdominal ct scans. They are rarely a cause of emergent concern, unless noted to contain ... Read More
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A 50-year-old female asked:
Dr. Daniel Para
General Surgery 31 years experience
See your doctor: Right upper quadrant abdominal pain may be a sign of gallbladder disease, but can also reflect other problems as well, such as liver disease, ulcer of... Read More
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A 18-year-old male asked:
Dr. Daniel Para
General Surgery 31 years experience
Hormones: Most likely, breast pain in an 18 year old is cyclical and related to your hormone cycle. This usually does not require any specific therapy besides ... Read More
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A 36-year-old female asked:
Dr. Daniel Para
General Surgery 31 years experience
See surgeon: It is not entirely understood why rapid weight loss conrtibutes to gallstone formation, but it is certainly recognized. Weight loss of 2lb/week usual... Read More
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A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Daniel Para
General Surgery 31 years experience
Depends: Technically, hernias are repaired, not removed. Depending on the size of the hernia, the location, and the type of repair performed, use of mesh, etc... Read More
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A 27-year-old male asked:
Dr. Daniel Para
General Surgery 31 years experience
Absolutely.: Diagnosis of appendicitis is best made by the hand of an experienced physician pressing on your abdomen. CT scan is frequently of value as well. Blo... Read More
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A 36-year-old male asked:
Dr. Daniel Para
General Surgery 31 years experience
See your doctor: Small lumps around your umbilicus are usually not worrisome, but if they are new, or enlarging, have your doctor check them out. Sometimes the fat in... Read More
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A 25-year-old male asked:
Dr. Daniel Para
General Surgery 31 years experience
Depends: Sitz baths with epson salts for acutely inflamed, painful swelling, stool softeners (colace) for prevention of hard stools, witch hazel impregnated wi... Read More
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A 19-year-old male asked:
Dr. Daniel Para
General Surgery 31 years experience
Probably: Depending on the type of hernia repair you had, resumption of all normal activities can usually begin within 3-5 days. Aggressive straining and vigor... Read More
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A 17-year-old male asked:
Dr. Daniel Para
General Surgery 31 years experience
High fever, chills: Acute cholecystitis presents with RUQ pain, sometimes fever, chills, nausea and vomiting. Jaundice (elevated bilirubin) may be related to gallstones i... Read More
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A 33-year-old female asked:
Dr. Daniel Para
General Surgery 31 years experience
Yes.: Mesh use in inguinal hernia repair is standard of care. Most people resume normal activities within 1-2 weeks after surgery. There is no association... Read More
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A 24-year-old female asked:
Dr. Daniel Para
General Surgery 31 years experience
Bacteria, cells: Biopsy of duodenal, stomach and/or esophageal tissue is performed to help diagnose various disease processes. Celiac disease, gastritis types and eso... Read More
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A 64-year-old male asked:
Dr. Daniel Para
General Surgery 31 years experience
Sure: After colonoscopy, you may still have some liquid stool remaining in your colon. This would be normal. Accidents can happen due to this. Your norma... Read More
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A 46-year-old female asked:
Dr. Daniel Para
General Surgery 31 years experience
Unlikely: Tramadol does give frequent gastrointestinal side effects such as dyspepsia and nausea, occasional diarrhea, and others. Causing acalculous cholecyst... Read More
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A 45-year-old female asked:
Dr. Daniel Para
General Surgery 31 years experience
Get it done!: A birads-4 mammogram describes a finding consistent with possible cancer in the breast. The lesion may be a suspicious cluster of microcalcifications... Read More
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A 27-year-old female asked:
Dr. Daniel Para
General Surgery 31 years experience
Maybe H. pylori: H. Pylori is a "bug" that is found in some people's stomachs that can cause ulcer disease, and abdominal pain. It can be diagnosed with a breath test... Read More
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A 40-year-old female asked:
Dr. Daniel Para
General Surgery 31 years experience
Needs biopsy.: I recommend consult with a dermatologist or general surgeon promptly. Skin lesions that are non-healing or chronically irritated often may be skin ca... Read More
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A 18-year-old female asked:
Dr. Daniel Para
General Surgery 31 years experience
Absolutely not!: Best home treatment for hemorrhoid pain and swelling is sitz baths. Sprinkle epson salts in tub with room-temperature water and sit in it for 15 minu... Read More
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A 38-year-old female asked:
Dr. Daniel Para
General Surgery 31 years experience
Yes: Generally, avoid red food products before your colonoscopy.
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A 48-year-old female asked:
Dr. Daniel Para
General Surgery 31 years experience
Get a colonoscopy!: Constipation is often a symptom of other conditions in your body or your diet. See your physician and schedule a colonoscopy promptly. Polyps, tumor... Read More
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A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Daniel Para
General Surgery 31 years experience
YES!: A colonoscopy is a safe, thorough examination of your entire colon under sedation to screen for polyps, or to diagnose bleeding issues or other colon ... Read More
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A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Daniel Para
General Surgery 31 years experience
Sure: Piles or hemorrhoidal swelling is caused or aggravated by anything that causes one to increase straining, particularly with bowel movements. Dehydrat... Read More
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A 24-year-old female asked:
Dr. Daniel Para
General Surgery 31 years experience
Get a physical!: New onset sharp left sided abdominal pain can have many etiologies. Without a physician history and examination, it is hard to guess the cause. Musc... Read More
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A 40-year-old female asked:
Dr. Daniel Para
General Surgery 31 years experience
Surgical Evaluation: I would confirm a diagnosis of gastroparesis first with a nuclear medicine gastric emptying study. If various medical remedies have failed, i.e. Regl... Read More
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A 42-year-old female asked:
Dr. Daniel Para
General Surgery 31 years experience
Get it fixed!: As long as you are more than 5 years old, ventral umbilical hernias should be repaired surgically with mesh. Complications of incarceration, strangul... Read More
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A 21-year-old member asked:
Dr. Daniel Para
General Surgery 31 years experience
Rarely.: There have been reports of familial hiatal hernias (see reference). Most, however, are thought to be acquired. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/arti... Read More
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A 49-year-old member asked:
Dr. Daniel Para
General Surgery 31 years experience
See a specialist: You should obtain consultation from a vein specialist. This will involve a history and physical exam. Likely a thorough duplex ultrasound will be pe... Read More
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A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Daniel Para
General Surgery 31 years experience
Depends on type: After inguinal hernia repair you can resume all normal activities at 2 weeks or sooner. Abdominal hernia repairs (ventral) hernias may take 2-4 weeks... Read More
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A 20-year-old female asked:
Dr. Daniel Para
General Surgery 31 years experience
Wait a few days: After any surgical procedure, it is important to remain hydrated to promote healing and good kidney function. Alcohol use commonly results in dehydra... Read More
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A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Daniel Para
General Surgery 31 years experience
Straining: Swollen hemorrhoids reflect either excessive straining or chronic poor bowel habilts. Hemorrhoids are a normal part of rectal anatomy and only become... Read More
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A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Daniel Para
General Surgery 31 years experience
1-2h: Usually you can be discharged from the hospital within 1-2 hours after an uneventful colonoscopy performed under sedation. The nurse will want you to... Read More
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A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. Daniel Para
General Surgery 31 years experience
Many possibilities: A pruritic mass in the perianal area can be many things. Internal/external hemorrhoids can protrude and cause itching, and is easily diagnosed on phy... Read More
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A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Daniel Para
General Surgery 31 years experience
Anything, generally: Depending on your doctor's preparation, you can often eat a regular diet until the day before your colonoscopy. A light breakfast the day before, and... Read More
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A 23-year-old male asked:
Dr. Daniel Para
General Surgery 31 years experience
Not likely: Only biopsies of these areas of the colon during colonoscopy could diagnose inflammatory bowel disease. Usually the doctor performing the colonoscopy... Read More
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A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. Daniel Para
General Surgery 31 years experience
Yes: Unless otherwise noted by your endoscopy physician, most patients can resume drinking after colonoscopy. Consuming alcohol may be postponed 24 hours ... Read More
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A 63-year-old male asked:
Dr. Daniel Para
General Surgery 31 years experience
Many things: Esophagram provides additional anatomical information to the physician, by providing images of the esophagus and stomach. Incomplete egd, perhaps fro... Read More
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A 28-year-old male asked:
Dr. Daniel Para
General Surgery 31 years experience
Remove gallbladder: The only effective treatment for patients with symptomatic gallbladder disease with stones is to remove the gallbladder. You create stones due to an ... Read More
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A 19-year-old male asked:
Dr. Daniel Para
General Surgery 31 years experience
Two different issues: External hemorrhoids cause local symptoms only for the most part. They would not be related to diarrhea in a causal manner.
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A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Daniel Para
General Surgery 31 years experience
Many things: True intestinal obstruction has many possible causes, depending on the individual. Hernia, scar tissue (adhesions) from previous surgery, tumors, and... Read More
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A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Daniel Para
General Surgery 31 years experience
No treatment needed: Fetal cholelithiasis is relatively common (1 in 300 pregnancies). It is caused usually by hemolytic conditions of newborns or maternal hemolytic anem... Read More
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A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. Daniel Para
General Surgery 31 years experience
NCI data: The 5-year survival rates by stage for stomach cancer treated with surgery are as follows*: stage ia 71% stage ib 57% stage iia 46% ... Read More
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A 32-year-old female asked:
Dr. Daniel Para
General Surgery 31 years experience
See your doctor: Right upper quadrant abdominal pain can be caused by a number of conditions. Musculoskeletal strain, liver conditions, stomach ulcers or gastritis, b... Read More
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A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Daniel Para
General Surgery 31 years experience
More than three...: An esophagogastroduodenoscopy uses a flexible endoscope to visualize the patient's esophagus, stomach and duodenum. A great deal of information can b... Read More
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A 50-year-old male asked:
Dr. Daniel Para
General Surgery 31 years experience
Outpatient!: Inguinal herniorraphy is a common procedure performed by a general surgeon. Even with a more complicated hernia, the procedure is performed on an out... Read More
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A 34-year-old male asked:
Dr. Daniel Para
General Surgery 31 years experience
See a doctor: A hernia can be diagnosed by a physical exam with your primary doctor or a general surgeon. Any new abdominal pain or acute pain should be evaluated ... Read More
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A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Daniel Para
General Surgery 31 years experience
Depends : The minimum criteria to be eligible for lap-band surgery is body mass index >30 with at least one co-morbidity (high blood pressure, diabetes, etc.... Read More
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A 39-year-old female asked:
Dr. Daniel Para
General Surgery 31 years experience
Yes: Most umbilical hernias in children resolve by the age of 6. If a child has persistent swelling at the belly button with straining, he/she should be e... Read More
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A 33-year-old male asked:
Dr. Daniel Para
General Surgery 31 years experience
50 or earlier: Any patient is a candidate for a colonoscopy, depending on symptoms. Rectal bleeding is frequently evaluated by endoscopy, and colonoscopy exams are ... Read More
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A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Daniel Para
General Surgery 31 years experience
No: An elevated blood white cell count can be an indication of active inflammation somewhere in your body, like infection. There are many other reasons f... Read More
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Testimonials
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Thank you notes
Sep 27, 2012
I have known Dr. Para since he was a resident physician. He is an outstanding physician, and would be a good addition to any health care team
May 28, 2013
Very high quality responses.
HealthTap member
Aug 18, 2012
Dr. Para is an excellent surgeon who speaks to his patients clearly and understandably. I highly recommend this compassionate and caring physician.
HealthTap member
Thank you Dr Para! I hope for once in my life i get lucky and i am within that 5%. Everything i am getting lately seems to be chronic haha. I am getting old. Thanks again and hope you have a great wee...Read More
HealthTap member
Thank you for the quick response. I am seeing a GI surgeoun and have an appt to discuss surgery to remove them and fix the tear but I need to know if this is causing my severe tenesmus please.
HealthTap member
Thanks for your quick reply! Thank u. I'm going back to my doctor in a couple of weeks and see if what he thinks. Sounds like a good idea about the upper gi series.

Education & Training

Medical/Graduate school

University of Illinois College of Medicine, IL
Graduated 1991MD

Medical/Graduate school

Stanford University
Graduated 1986MD

Residency

LEHIGH VALLEY HOSPITAL

Residency

Phoenix Integrated Surgical Residency

Awards

Top General Surgeon , Third Place, Arizona - Winter
2013
Top General Surgeon , Third Place, Arizona - Summer
2013
Top General Surgeon, Third Place, Arizona - Spring
2017

Affiliations

American College of Surgeons
Society of Laparoendoscopic Surgeons
American Society of General Surgeons
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