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Minimally invasive parathyroidectomy

Minimally invasive parathyroidectomy

This is surgery to remove the parathyroid glands or parathyroid tumors. Parathyroid glands are located in the neck, behind the thyroid gland. This surgery treats the following conditions:

● Familial hyperparathyroidism
● Multiple endocrine neoplasia, type 1 (MEN1)
● Multiple endocrine neoplasia, type 2A (MEN 2A)
● Parathyroid carcinoma
● Primary hyperparathyroidism
● Reoperative parathyroid surgery
● Secondary (renal) hyperparathyroidism
● Tertiary hyperparathyroidism (after a kidney transplant)

The success or failure of parathyroid surgery depends on proper preoperative planning. There are several specialized imaging scans, such as sestamibi scans, parathyroid ultrasound and 4-D CT scans, that can help your surgeon localize an abnormal parathyroid gland to a specific spot in the neck. This allows your surgeon to target the surgery with a small incision and minimal manipulation. Ten minutes after the abnormal gland is removed, the parathyroid hormone levels in your blood can be tested to see if they return to normal levels. This rapid intraoperative parathyroid hormone testing increases the accuracy and success of the surgery greatly, making it less likely that another surgery will be necessary in the future.

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