Parathyroidectomy is the removal of one or more of the four
parathyroid glands in the neck. These small glands, located on the thyroid
gland, help control the amount of calcium in the body. When they are too
active, these glands cause high levels of calcium. This is called
hyperparathyroidism (say "hy-per-pair-uh-THY-royd-iz-um").
You may leave the hospital with
stitches in the cut the doctor made (incision). Your doctor will tell you if
you need to come back to have these removed. You may still have a tube called a
drain in your neck. Your doctor will take this out a few days after
You may have some trouble chewing and swallowing
after you go home. Your voice probably will be hoarse, and you may have trouble
talking. For most people, these problems get better within a few weeks, but
it can take longer. In some cases, this surgery causes permanent
problems with chewing, speaking, or swallowing.
This care sheet
gives you a general idea about how long it will take for you to recover. But
each person recovers at a different pace. Follow the steps below to get better
as quickly as possible.
Follow-up care is a key part of your treatment and safety. Be sure to make and go to all appointments, and
call your doctor or nurse call line if you are having problems. It's also a good idea to know your
test results and keep a list of the medicines you take.
Call 911 anytime you think you may need emergency care. For example, call
Call your doctor or nurse call line now or seek
immediate medical care if:
Watch closely for changes in your health, and be sure to
contact your doctor or nurse call line if:
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Current as of:
July 29, 2016
Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine
& E. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal Medicine & Kathleen Romito, MD - Family Medicine
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