November 9, 2012

Harrington Now Offers Additional Minimally Invasive Surgeries

SOUTHBRIDGE, Mass. -- November 8, 2012 -- Harrington HealthCare System has added two new procedures to the list of minimally invasive surgeries it offers.

Konstantino "Dan" Avradopoulos, M.D., F.A.C.S., a general surgeon and fellowship trained Surgical Oncologist who recently joined Harrington HealthCare System, performs a variety of surgical procedures, including minimally invasive colectomies, known as laparoscopic colectomies, and minimally invasive parathyroidectomies. A parathyroidectomy is the removal of an abnormal parathyroid gland.

In a laparoscopic colectomy, a surgeon uses a small scope to remove a portion of the colon. This operation can be done thru a much smaller incision compared to an open procedure.

"There is no question that patients recover quicker, have smaller incisions, less pain, and are able to leave the hospital sooner compared to the conventional open surgical technique," said Dr. Avradopoulos, who is part of Harrington Physician Services, an affiliate of Harrington HealthCare System.

When performing a parathyroidectomy, Dr. Avradopoulos removes abnormal parathyroids by using a probe that measures radioactivity. The patient has a nuclear scan before the surgery, which detects the abnormal parathyroid gland. Then Dr. Avradopoulos uses a probe, which measures the radioactivity, to help localize it. This allows for a smaller incision, with minimal dissection. This procedure is also called a gamma-guided parathyroidectomy.

"We are very pleased to be able to offer these additional procedures at Harrington HealthCare System," said President and CEO Edward H. Moore. "It's just another way in which we offer the community our trademark TLC -- Total Local Care."

Dr. Avradopoulos is part of the HPS General Surgery Practice located at 94 South Street in Southbridge. He also holds office hours at Harrington HealthCare at Hubbard in Webster. Dr. Avradopoulos is accepting appointments for new patients. For an appointment, please call 508-764-6966.

Dr. Avradopoulos received his degree in medicine from Northeastern Ohio University College of Medicine. He completed his residency in General Surgery at Riverside Methodist Hospital and completed his Surgical Oncology Fellowship at Brown University. He is Board Certified in General Surgery.