Minimally Invasive Parathyroidectomy

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diagram of parathyroid glandsIf you've been diagnosed with parathyroid cancer or hyperparathyroidism, you may have learned that surgery is a treatment option. With surgery, the tumor that is impacting the parathyroid glands is removed, allowing them to return to their normal function. In turn, common symptoms of fatigue, high calcium levels, high blood pressure, and bone aches go away.

However, if you’re like most people, the idea of surgery is quite scary. Some people worry about the pain of surgery while others are concerned about the scar that’s left behind. This is why our team at the Surgery Group of Los Angeles specializes in minimally invasive parathyroidectomy ( MIP).

What Is MIP?

For the last few years, MIP has become the preferred method of removing tumors on the parathyroid glands. The surgery has a high success rate and a much lower complication rate when compared to traditional parathyroid surgery.

The surgery involves removing tumors on the impacted parathyroid gland. Patients who have parathyroid disease typically only have tumors on one of the glands. In the past, surgery involved opening the neck to expose all four of the glands, but, with MIP, a very small incision (less than an inch!) is used to remove the tumor. With minimally invasive surgery, there’s less risk of complication, a reduced recovery period, and a nearly invisible scar.

How Long Does the Surgery Take?

Because of the small size of the parathyroid glands, surgery can take up to four hours. After being put to sleep under general anesthesia, your surgeon will not only need to locate the impacted gland, the tumors will need to be carefully removed to ensure there is no disruption to the surrounding nerves and blood vessels. Though an intricate surgery, complication rates are very low.

After surgery, you will be able to go home. Since anesthesia lasts hours after surgery, you won't be able to drive yourself, so be sure to have transportation available. Post-surgery, you can expect soreness and mild pain in the neck, as well as:

  • Swelling
  • Pain around the incision area
  • Tingling or numbness

These symptoms usually go away after a few weeks. Be sure to give yourself a week to heal before participating in extraneous activity.

Minimal Scarring

If you've looked at traditional parathyroid surgery, chances are you've seen the large scar that goes across the neck. For some patients, the scar can be a huge cosmetic issue that keeps them from undergoing surgery, but, with minimally invasive parathyroid surgery, the scar is small and nearly invisible! At just about an inch long, the scar is hardly noticeable and won’t leave you feeling insecure.

Your Parathyroid Surgery Experts

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Endocrine diseases are best treated by specialists. At The Surgery Group of Los Angeles, we will work with you to determine the best treatment option for you. Whether its surgery or medication, our goal is to treat your condition and get you back on the road to health and happiness.

If you have questions about surgery or want to learn what other treatment options are available, you can count on us! To learn more about treatment options in Los Angeles, schedule an appointment.

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