Parathyroidectomy is surgery to remove one or more of the four parathyroid
glands in the neck. These small glands help
control the amount of calcium in the body. They are found on the back of the thyroid gland. 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"). The glands also are removed if they contain
The doctor will
take out the gland or glands through a cut in the front of your
neck. This cut is called an incision. You may have a tube in your neck for 1 to 4 days. The tube drains fluid from the incision.
You may be able to go back to work
or your normal routine after a few weeks. This depends on the kind of work you
do and how you feel.
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 if you are having problems. It's also a good
idea to know your test results and keep a list of the medicines you
Surgery can be
stressful. This information will help you understand what you can expect. And it will help you safely prepare for surgery.
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Current as of:
July 29, 2016
Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine
& Kathleen Romito, MD - Family Medicine
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