About minimally invasive Parathyroid Surgery
Parathyroid disease, or hyperparathyroidism, can be cured with minimally invasive parathyroid surgery. Since the disease results in overproduction of hormones, the goal is to remove the source of the problem.
During Parathyroid gland surgery, the normal parathyroid glands are left intact while the glands that are overproducing are removed. The procedure has been successfully performed on patients for over 85 years. During the procedure, the surgeon must make an incision along the neck in order to access the necessary structures within the neck.
Many people worry about scars after surgery. However, today’s surgeons are able to perform these procedures in a way that allows the wounds to heal better than ever. In most cases, patients are allowed to go home within an hour or two after parathyroid surgery.
EndocrineWeb.com states that about 96 percent of patients who undergo parathyroid adenoma surgery end up having only the parathyroid adenoma gland removed. This allows the doctor to leave three normal functioning glands intact. However, if additional glands are found to be enlarged, it may be necessary to remove additional glands. The average cure rate, according to EndocrineWeb.com, is approximately 94%.
Symptoms experienced by individuals with hyperparathyroidism may be anywhere from severe to nonexistent. In many cases, people discover that they have the problem when going in for a routine blood test. Even if you are free of symptoms, you may find that you have a mild form of the disease. People who experience mild symptoms may report feeling tired often, physically weak, aches and pains, and depression. Those who are afflicted with a more serious case of the disease often report a loss of appetite, constipation, nausea, vomiting, increased thirst, increased urination, and an inability to think clearly.
If you are experiencing several of these symptoms, it is important to schedule an appointment with your doctor who can determine the underlying causes.
If you have questions about curing parathyroid disease with minimally invasive parathyroid surgery, contact your local doctor who will arrange for you to see a thyroid surgeon.