Surgical Removal of Parathyroid Glands

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Duke endocrine surgeons perform parathyroid surgery to remove abnormal parathyroid glands or tissue. The glands are located behind the thyroid gland in the neck. Parathyroidectomy may be recommended as treatment when hyperparathyroidism or parathyroid cancer is present.

Whenever possible, the surgeons use small incisions to reach your parathyroid glands. This minimally invasive approach shortens your recovery time, reduces your post-surgical pain, minimizes scarring and results in fewer side effects when compared to parathyroid surgery that is performed through larger incisions.