What happens during parathyroid surgery?

Joane Goodroe

There is an old method and a new method for parathyroid surgery. The old method was an exploratory surgery where a large dissection of the neck would occur. The new and preferred method is a minimally invasive surgery sometimes called “Mini-parathyroid surgery”. This is an important advancement in technique of this surgery.

  • The surgeon uses a special probe in the operating room that can detect which parathyroid gland is bad, which parathyroid glands are normal, and where each of these parathyroid glands are located in the neck.
  • The surgeon can measure how much hormone each of the parathyroid glands are making during the operation.
  • The probe can tell the difference between a normal parathyroid gland and a diseased gland, so normal glands are not removed.

If you need parathyroid surgery, find a surgeon who has experience with Mini-Parathyroid Surgery.

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