Parathyroid surgery is indicated for the treatment of hyperfunctioning of the parathyroid glands, which is called hyperparathyroidism that causes elevation of the blood calcium level.
The parathyroid glands are 4 small glands in the neck, situated behind the thyroid gland, and produce parathyroid hormone that helps regulate the blood calcium level.
Significant number of patients are diagnosed when they are found to have elevation of their blood calcium level, without any other symptoms.
However if this is left untreated it will cause severe symptoms and significant complications, such as muscle joint and bone pain, pathologic fractures, osteoporosis, abdominal pain and gastrointestinal symptoms, psychiatric disorders, and recurrent kidney stones.
In the majority of patients the cause of primary hyperparathyroidism would be a benign tumor in one of the parathyroid glands that causes hypersecretion of the parathyroid hormone, which in turn causes elevation of the blood calcium level.
Dr. Suede performs minimally invasive parathyroidectomy, which involves identification and removal of the affected parathyroid gland, with the smallest incision possible, which leads to resolution of the patient’s symptoms and prevention of complications of this disease.
Most patients are discharged home on the same day of surgery and are back to work within 6-7 days.