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Dr. Irina Kovatch

Surgery
Riverhead, NY
15 years experience female

Locations

Peconic Surgical Group

Southampton, NY

Address

234 Hampton Rd, Southampton, NY
Directions

My office hours

Wednesday: 9:00am - 4:00pm
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Peconic Surgical Group

Riverhead, NY

About

Bio

Dr. Kovatch is originally from Moldova. She immigrated to the United States in 1995. She attended Brooklyn College and received a Bachelor Degree in Chemistry. She attended medical school and surgical residency program at SUNY Downstate Medical Center. Presently she is working as a general surgeon in a private practice - Peconic Surgical Group - on the east end of Long Island.

Specialties
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Surgery

General Surgery

Languages spoken

Russian

Doctor Q&A

75 Answers
41 Agrees
The number of answers this doctor has agreed with.
A 37-year-old male asked:
Dr. Irina Kovatch
Surgery 15 years experience
Ignore: Arterial disease: walking venous disease: compression stockings, venous ablation.
A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Irina Kovatch
Surgery 15 years experience
See below: Classic symptoms of appendicitis include nausea, anorexia, peri-umbilical pain which later migrates to right lower quadrant and fever. Depending on ex... Read More
A 36-year-old male asked:
Dr. Irina Kovatch
Surgery 15 years experience
This: This too shall pass (all material conditions, positive or negative, are temporary).
A 64-year-old female asked:
Dr. Irina Kovatch
Surgery 15 years experience
Maybe muscle trauma: One of the ports during appendectomy is usually placed in the left lower quadrant. During urination the abdominal muscles are tightening and the injur... Read More
A 17-year-old female asked:
Dr. Irina Kovatch
Surgery 15 years experience
No: Use exactly as directed on the label (if it doesn't specify that you should take it with food, then you don't have to). Miralax (polyethylene glycol) ... Read More
A female asked:
Dr. Irina Kovatch
Surgery 15 years experience
See below: Do not open the blister for 3 days if it is still closed (the fluid is sterile inside and prevents a wound infection while a new layer of skin is form... Read More
A 19-year-old female asked:
Dr. Irina Kovatch
Surgery 15 years experience
No: Appendicitis is caused by a blockage of the appendiceal lumen (usually with a fecolith). This, in turn, causes bacterial stasis and overgrowth (bacter... Read More
A 27-year-old female asked:
Dr. Irina Kovatch
Surgery 15 years experience
Talk to your GI doc: The prevalence of cancer in these lesions may be as high as 5-16%. If the GI doctor removed the polyp with negative margins you will need surveillance... Read More
A 28-year-old male asked:
Dr. Irina Kovatch
Surgery 15 years experience
See below: Hemorrhoids can be internal or external. Internal are higher in the rectum, they are painless and you cannot see/feel them (they might bleed). Externa... Read More
A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Irina Kovatch
Surgery 15 years experience
Get evaluated: Hepatitis c is a risk factor for development of cirrhosis and liver cancer (both may cause right upper quadrant abdominal pain). Evaluation with blood... Read More
A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Irina Kovatch
Surgery 15 years experience
Soaks: In mild cases soaks several times a day and use of dental floss to separate toe nail from nail fold may be sufficient. In severe cases surgical interv... Read More
A 18-year-old male asked:
Dr. Irina Kovatch
Surgery 15 years experience
No: It is possible to have isolated proteinuria in which case there is protein in the urine (no greater than 3g/24h) but no other abnormalities in urine o... Read More
A 28-year-old female asked:
Dr. Irina Kovatch
Surgery 15 years experience
Cafe-au-lait spots: (cals) appear during the 1st year after birth and usually increase in number during early childhood. Up to 25% of the normal population will have 1-3 ... Read More
A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Irina Kovatch
Surgery 15 years experience
2 weeks: Usually urine pregnancy test should be negative 2 weeks after any 1st trimester pregnancy termination. It depends on the starting beta-hcg level (at t... Read More
A 36-year-old female asked:
Dr. Irina Kovatch
Surgery 15 years experience
Colonoscopy: Relatives of patients with crohns disease are 15 times more at risk of developing the disease compared to general population. Presentation varies and ... Read More
A 20-year-old female asked:
Dr. Irina Kovatch
Surgery 15 years experience
See a GI doctor: The symptoms are not likely caused by an appendectomy. However, these symptoms are serious and need to be evaluated by a GI doctor.
A 31-year-old male asked:
Dr. Irina Kovatch
Surgery 15 years experience
See OB/GYN for eval: It is recommended to see a professional if a couple was not able to conceive a child after a year of unprotected sex (6 months if a woman is >35 ye... Read More
A 30-year-old male asked:
Dr. Irina Kovatch
Surgery 15 years experience
Unknown, surgery: Lipoma is a benign mass of subcutaneous fatty tissue. It's cause is not well understood. It can be surgically excised.
A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Irina Kovatch
Surgery 15 years experience
See below: Incarcerated hernia means it is not reducible (unable to push it back). Strangulation happens when blood supply to herniated organs is cut off. It is ... Read More
A 37-year-old male asked:
Dr. Irina Kovatch
Surgery 15 years experience
Ignore: Hernias do not resolve spontaneously. Best treatment is surgical repair.
A 37-year-old male asked:
Dr. Irina Kovatch
Surgery 15 years experience
Ignore: If you have symptoms from gallstones, the best treatment is to remove the gallbladder surgically.
A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Irina Kovatch
Surgery 15 years experience
Maybe: Stomach cancer has poor prognosis unless it is diagnosed and treated at an early stage. Usually weight gain after curative resection is a good sign, b... Read More
A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Irina Kovatch
Surgery 15 years experience
See below: The first step in managing this disease is to stop nsaids (e.g. Ibuprofen) and all other offending agents (e.g. Omeprazole, sertraline). The drug of c... Read More
A 21-year-old male asked:
Dr. Irina Kovatch
Surgery 15 years experience
18-50: Optimal age for a living kidney donor is considered to be between age 18 and 50, however older individuals may be donors if they are in good physical ... Read More
A 36-year-old male asked:
Dr. Irina Kovatch
Surgery 15 years experience
Drink: Drink a lot of fluids, as stones tend to precipitate in concentrated urine.
A 36-year-old male asked:
Dr. Irina Kovatch
Surgery 15 years experience
How: How people treat you is their karma; how you react is yours. Wayne w. Dyer.
A 40-year-old female asked:
Dr. Irina Kovatch
Surgery 15 years experience
Depends: During abdominoplasty (tummy tuck) excess fat/skin is removed and abdominal wall muscles may be tightened. Panniculectomy only removes excess fat/skin... Read More
A 36-year-old male asked:
Dr. Irina Kovatch
Surgery 15 years experience
Fiber: Increase fiber in diet or take fiber supplement (e.g. Metamucil). Increased fiber intake has been shown to decrease hemorrhoidal bleeding after 2 week... Read More
A 33-year-old female asked:
Dr. Irina Kovatch
Surgery 15 years experience
Sounds like biliary: Dyskinesia, given that there are no stones and low gallbladder ef. Cholecystectomy will alleviate symptoms in 70% of patients with this diagnosis. How... Read More
A 27-year-old female asked:
Dr. Irina Kovatch
Surgery 15 years experience
See below: It doesn't matter whether there is 1 stone or multiple stones in the gallbladder. If gallstones are causing symptoms, surgery is recommended, and it ... Read More
A 20-year-old female asked:
Dr. Irina Kovatch
Surgery 15 years experience
Recurrence?: If the symptoms are the same as before your operation, you could have a recurrence. See the surgeon that operated on you (or any other) - you may nee... Read More
A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Irina Kovatch
Surgery 15 years experience
Weight loss: The most common cause of these problems is excess weight. Diet and exercise should help get rid of both. Another cause is chronic alcohol consumption ... Read More
A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Irina Kovatch
Surgery 15 years experience
See below: There is a scoring system called meld score (calculated based on bloodwork results: billirubin, creatinine and inr) that is used to allocate donor liv... Read More
A 32-year-old female asked:
Dr. Irina Kovatch
Surgery 15 years experience
UTI vs abscess?: You may have urinary tract infection or an intra-abdominal abscess (especially if your appendix was perforated). If you don't feel better, go to er wh... Read More
A 29-year-old female asked:
Dr. Irina Kovatch
Surgery 15 years experience
DNA test: Sperm can stay alive inside female body for 3-5 days after intercourse, therefore it is impossible to tell who is the father of the baby in this case ... Read More
A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Irina Kovatch
Surgery 15 years experience
See below: There are multiple over the counter analgesic creams for hemorrhoids. You can try one of those or Hydrocortisone suppository (however do not use them ... Read More
A 22-year-old female asked:
Dr. Irina Kovatch
Surgery 15 years experience
End of Nov: Based on your edd, probable window of conception is nov 21st - nov 29th, however this is based on a regular menstrual cycle of 28 days. It is very dif... Read More
A 49-year-old member asked:
Dr. Irina Kovatch
Surgery 15 years experience
Hemorrhoids: Most likely cause of the described symptoms is hemorrhoids, but you need a physical exam to make sure. It is almost time for screening colonoscopy any... Read More
A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Irina Kovatch
Surgery 15 years experience
See below: Warts look like clusters of cauliflower appearing lesions, flesh colored or white and not tender. Hemorrhoids have a smooth surface, may be bluish in ... Read More
A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Irina Kovatch
Surgery 15 years experience
7 weeks: Surgical methods are usually employed between gestational ages of 7-14 weeks. Non-surgical methods are employed at a gestational age out of this rang... Read More
A 29-year-old male asked:
Dr. Irina Kovatch
Surgery 15 years experience
See below: Stage iii colorectal cancer 5 year survival ranges 35-65%. Yes, it is possible to have a recurrence as well as distant metastases. Make sure you have ... Read More
A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Irina Kovatch
Surgery 15 years experience
No: No, because umbilicus is not excised during standard tummy tuck, instead it is threaded through a hole which is made after excess skin is excised. In... Read More
A 45-year-old female asked:
Dr. Irina Kovatch
Surgery 15 years experience
See recommendations: Sounds like you have grade 3 hemorrhoids. Surgery is the last resort. You should drink plenty of liquids (at least 8 glasses a day), have a high fib... Read More
A 51-year-old female asked:
Dr. Irina Kovatch
Surgery 15 years experience
Maybe: There are several models that calculate predicted survival, including outcomes after liver transplant for patients with pbc (http://www.Mayoclinic.Org... Read More
A 70-year-old female asked:
Dr. Irina Kovatch
Surgery 15 years experience
No: Sleeve gastrectomy is an abdominal surgery. Tortuous thoracic aorta should not impact the decision whether to perform this surgery or not (unless ther... Read More
A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Irina Kovatch
Surgery 15 years experience
Yes: Lifting heavy weight while already having a hernia may increase the hernia size. Even though larger hernias have less chance of incarceration, they ma... Read More
A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Irina Kovatch
Surgery 15 years experience
Port site pain: If surgery was done laparoscopically, then tenderness may be from port insertion (a small cut to place the camera and remove the gallbladder). If that... Read More
A 22-year-old female asked:
Dr. Irina Kovatch
Surgery 15 years experience
May be GYN related: Most frequently left lower quadrant abdominal pain in a young female is caused by gyn related issues (e.g. Ruptured ovarian cyst). Less commonly, at t... Read More
A 25-year-old female asked:
Dr. Irina Kovatch
Surgery 15 years experience
See GI doctor: Make appointment with a GI doctor. He will examine you to make sure you don't have anal disease (e.g. Hemorrhoids, anal fissure) that may cause bleedi... Read More
A 24-year-old female asked:
Dr. Irina Kovatch
Surgery 15 years experience
See below: Several factors may reduce skin elasticity and contribute to sagging including genetics, weight gain/loss (especially rapid), sun damage and smoking. ... Read More

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Aug 2, 2013
great answers. Very helpful!
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Mar 30, 2015
Dr. Kovatch is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower1
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Mar 31, 2015
Dr. Kovatch is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower1
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Thanks for your quick reply! Thank u very much. How do I know if I need to try a Nissen?
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Thank you so much. It was discovered in routine upper GI for sleeve.
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Thank you, your answer was very helpful! Seeing the doctor Tuesday.

Education & Training

Medical/Graduate school

State University of New York Downstate Medical Center College of Medicine, NY
Graduated 2007MD

Residency

SUNY Downstate Medical Center

Awards

Top General Surgeon , Third Place, New York - Summer
2013
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