Parathyroid Surgery

Parathyroid Gland

Parathyroid glands are 4 small glands the size of rice, located at the back of the thyroid gland in the neck. These glands control calcium level in your blood.

Parathyroid Surgery Indications

The glands might become over-active (hyperparathyroidism) which results in increased calcium level. High calcium levels in your blood (hypercalcaemia) can result in feelings of:

  • Lethargy
  • Constipation
  • Arrhythmia
  • Kidney stones
  • Fracture from osteoporosis, etc.

In 80% of cases, this is due to a single over-active gland (parathyroid adenoma) and in >90% cases this single gland can be located before the operation. This means you will be suitable for a minimally invasive para thyroidectomy with a 1-2 cm incision. You will often only need to stay overnight in hospital.

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