Surgery is the first-line treatment for primary hyperparathyroidism and has cure rates in excess of 95%. Conventional parathyroid surgery requires a large neck incision so surgeons can view all four parathyroid glands in order to identify the gland that needs to be removed.
Minimally Invasive Approach
When appropriate, our endocrine surgeons use sophisticated imaging technology before surgery, and fast biomedical testing during surgery to pinpoint the overactive parathyroid gland for removal through several one-inch incisions. The procedure is often performed under local anesthesia in an outpatient setting. You may go home the same day and experience fewer complications related to anesthesia such as vomiting, nausea and sore throat when compared to conventional parathyroidectomy. The smaller incisions minimize scarring and create a more cosmetically pleasing result.
Not every patient with parathyroid disease is a candidate for the minimally invasive approach. We have performed thousands of parathyroidectomies. We have the expertise to assess your specific condition, and recommend the best approach to meet your individual needs.
Sometimes Complex Surgery Is Necessary
In some cases, more complex surgery may be needed to surgically remove multiple overactive glands. For the very rare instance of parathyroid cancer, surgery may also include removal of lymph nodes, thyroid tissue, muscles and nerves from the neck or the affected area, depending on the extent of disease.