What are the risks of minimally invasive parathyroid surgery?

Joane Goodroe
When a minimally invasive parathyroidectomy is performed by an experienced endocrine surgery, the complication rate is below 1%. There are several reasons why the complication rate is so low. The majority of patients do not require a breathing tube and general anesthesia. The surgery is typically less than 20 minutes. The incision is very small, sometimes only 1/2 inch. There is reduced risk of nerve damage because of the minimal surgical approach. 

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