What is minimally invasive parathyroid surgery?

Minimally invasive parathyroid surgery, alternatively called focused or unilateral parathyroid exploration, involves exploration and resection of a single abnormal parathyroid gland through a small incision. This approach requires that pre-operative imaging has localized a single abnormal parathyroid gland. Intra-operative parathyroid hormone (PTH) monitoring is generally used to prove that resection of the single abnormal parathyroid gland results in a biochemical cure. The cure rate using this approach is the same as for bilateral exploration when patients are selected carefully and the surgeon is experienced in parathyroid surgery Advantages of focused exploration include a little bit of a smaller scar, shorter operative time, and fewer problems with low calcium after surgery.
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Endocrine System

Your endocrine system works with your nervous system to control important bodily functions. The endocrine systems responsibilities include regulating growth, sexual development and function, metabolism and mood. The endocrine syst...

em also helps give your body the energy it needs to function properly. Endocrine glands secrete hormones into the bloodstream. Hormones are considered chemical messengers, coordinating your body by transferring information from one set of cells to another. Your endocrine system health can be affected by hormone imbalances resulting from impaired glands. A hormone imbalance can cause problems with bodily growth, sexual development, metabolism and other bodily functions. Endocrine system diseases or conditions include diabetes, growth disorders and osteoporosis.

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