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About Dr. Karen A Rizzo

Dr. Karen A Rizzo, MD is a Doctor primarily located in Lancaster, PA, with other offices in Ephrata, PA and Lancaster, PA . She has 33 years of experience. Her specialties include Otolaryngology. Dr. Rizzo is affiliated with Lancaster General Hospital. She speaks English.

Rating Overview

29 Ratings with 9 Comments

The overall average patient rating of Dr. Karen A Rizzo is Great. Dr. Karen A Rizzo has been rated by 29 patients. From those 29 patients 9 of those left a comment along with their rating. The overall rating for Dr. Karen A Rizzo is 3.8 of 5.0 stars.

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Primary Address

Surgery Center Of Lancaster

810 Plaza Blvd Ste 101
Lancaster, PA 17601
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Otolaryngology Physicians Of Lancaster

561 W Trout Run Rd
Ephrata, PA 17522
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930 Red Rose Ct Ste 301
Lancaster, PA 17601
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Specialties

Dr. Karen A Rizzo has the following 1 specialty

  • Otolaryngology

    An otolaryngologist is more commonly referred to as an ENT, someone that can treat medical issues you may be having with you ears, nose, or throat. This is a physician who is specially trained to diagnose and treat conditions of the ear, nose, sinuses, larynx (voice box), mouth, throat, head, and neck. These doctors treat patients through both medical and surgical means. For instance, an otolaryngologist may treat an obstruction of the nasal passage, caused by malformation of the nose, through rhinoplasty.

  • Specialty Expertise

    Dr. Karen A Rizzo has the following 9 expertise

  • Facial Trauma
  • Hearing Loss
  • Deviated Septum
  • Tumors
  • Swallowing Disorders
  • Polyps
  • Allergies
  • Chronic Sinusitis
  • Smell Disorders

Dr. Karen A Rizzo has 1 board certified specialty

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Board Certifications

Dr. Karen A Rizzo is Board Certified in 1 specialty

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Great visit.

Listened to my problem and gave me solutions. Very energetic and very thorough. Office was clean and all the staff were friendly.

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Five Stars

Excellent, thorough care of a pediatric patient with severe special needs. Wonderful physician.

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Dr Rizzo for Singers

Excellent care.

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dizziness

I recently went in to this office, my first thought was it was so small and crowded. I have had dizziness for over a year and no one can figure out why so someone suggested an ENT to rule out my equilibrium. First they wanted to do an ear test but couldn't because of a blockage of ear wax in one ear, Dr Rizzo attempted to dig it out with a long metal instrument, immediately I jumped in pain, she tried two more times with me jumping each time, she seemed very annoyed with me. They (her and two nurses) stared at me like I was in idiot making me even more uncomfortable, the nurse says take debrox twice a day and the other also twice a day...I look at her bewildered, what is debrox?....she tells me ear was softener, like I should already know that....it took everything for me to get to my car before bawling my eyes out in pain.....Ithey say come back next week.....I don't think so...75 dollars later they never even discussed my dizziness or even want to know anything about what I have been through.....I need a doctor with a little more compassion and personality than that treating me......thanks for tasking my money for nothing Lancaster ear nose and throat......

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Permanent and Serious Surgical Complication after Total Thyroidectomy

I asked Dr. Rizzo before surgery if my parathyroids would be injured. I was told no. During my surgery, 2 of my parathyroids were accidentally removed and the circulation to the other 2 cut leaving me with very little parathyroid function and the resulting life-threatening illness of hypoparathyroidism which is permanent. Dr. Rizzo never informed me that I would have life-long problems with my heart rhythms, muscle health, kidney function, skeletal remodeling, and nervous system function because of this disease. I actually went into a full-blown tetany attack of the body in the hospital a few hours after the surgery and had to be administered a calcium gluconate drip to start breathing normally again. I could have died. A week later in her office, she actually became angry with me as she read the pathology report that she had removed 2 of the glands. She never apologized to me and then went on to mock me when I told her that I also had problems with my singing voice as a result of the surgery, in addition to the muscular tetany, cramping, dizziness, cloudy urine, and extreme fatigue that I was now experiencing. A year and a half later, my last child was also born quite sick with transient hyperparathyroidism due to my surgical complication. My daughter is lucky to be alive today with no resulting skeletal deformities, but I will not be having any more children despite still being a young woman. I also lost my career as a physical therapist because I am too sick to work and I am in pain a lot due to the lack of calcium in my feet and hands, and throughout my muscles, and the calcifications forming throughout my body because of this surgical complication. I have advanced arthritis for my age of 36. The current approved treatments for the disease do not take the place of the glands that she removed and damaged. I am in a study at a major research facility in the US to get the parathyroid hormone replaced, but there are many side effects to these injections such as high calcium levels which have caused me even more calcifications. Many of the drs. in the Lancaster, PA area try to protect Dr. Rizzo and I have to travel outside of the area to get any decent medical care. I have been to 4 lawyers and have reported this to the ATA but no one wants to help me and get involved because everything that I am suffering with and the experience of my daughter is supposedly difficult to prove and I signed a waiver understanding the risks. Permanent hypoparathyroidism was never discussed with me as a risk of this surgery. Beware of this surgeon and others who want to perform total thyroidectomies to remove large goiters, most of which turn up benign. Thousands are suffering with this surgical complication and the ATA will not do anything to urge surgeons to give true informed consent to patients before this surgery in an apparent attempt to protect many thyroid surgeons from getting sued. The ATA needs to change thyroidectomy protocols, there are several easy ways to protect the glands during removal of the thyroid or to save them if they have been removed. They can be transplanted back into the patient's body and usually take quite well because they are very vascular. No one did that during my surgery and I will suffer now until stem cell transplants hopefully become available some years from now. In the meanwhile, I am starting to suffer some permanent damage throughout my body since living with this condition for 6 years.

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  • Hospital Affiliations

    Dr. Rizzo is affiliated (can practice and admit patients) with the following hospital(s).

  • Education

    33 Years Experience

  • Temple University School Of Medicine

    Graduated in 1985

  • Episcopal Hospital

    Residency

  • Accepted Insurance

    Dr. Karen A Rizzo accepts the following insurance providers.

  • Aetna
    • Aetna Choice POS II
    • Aetna HMO
    • Aetna Managed Choice POS Open Access
    • Aetna Select
    • Aetna Signature Administrators PPO
  • BCBS Blue Card
    • BCBS Blue Card PPO
  • Capital Blue Cross
    • Capital BC Keystone Health Plan Central HMO
    • Capital BC PPO
  • Cigna
    • CIGNA HMO
    • CIGNA Open Access Plus
    • CIGNA PPO
  • Coventry Health Care
    • Coventry HealthAmerica HMO
    • Coventry HealthAmerica PPO
  • First Health
    • First Health PPO
  • Geisinger Health Plan
    • Geisinger Health Plan
  • Highmark BCBS
    • Highmark Community Blue PPO
    • Highmark PPOBlue
  • Humana
    • Humana Choice POS
    • Humana ChoiceCare Network PPO
  • UPMC Health Plan
    • UPMC PPO
    • UPMC Premium Network Plans

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