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Parathyroid Surgery Options

Primary hyperparathyroidism can make life miserable for its sufferers. It depletes energy, makes it difficult to concentrate, increases the likelihood of osteoporosis and causes numerous other symptoms. Of all the treatment options available, -- including medication, home remedies, hormone replacement therapy, and surgery, -- parathyroid surgery offers the greatest long-term relief. Parathyroid of Texas is pleased to offer both mini parathyroid surgery and the minimally invasive radio-guided parathyroid surgery, also known as MIRP mini-surgery.

What is parathyroid mini-surgery?

Removing the gallbladder once entailed major surgery that required the surgeon to cut open the patient’s abdomen, remove the gallbladder, and stitch the abdomen back together. Thanks to laparoscopic gallbladder removal, surgeons can now complete this procedure quickly on an outpatient basis, and the same is true of parathyroid surgery. Rather than making a long incision in the patient’s neck to explore the four parathyroid glands, surgeons now make one tiny incision and remove the gland causing the problems.

Advances in diagnostic imaging mean that today, it's possible to know which of the four parathyroid glands to target prior to making an incision. That said, the surgeon will still inspect the other three glands for potential problems and may obtain a blood sample during surgery to determine if any diseased glands remain.

What is MIRP mini-surgery?

The MIRP mini-surgery is the least invasive of all available surgeries to cure hyperparathyroidism. The following are just some of the reasons why patients may elect to undergo this type of surgery:

  • It has the highest cure rate and the lowest complication rate of all types of parathyroid surgeries.
  • It requires only a tiny incision, as opposed to one that’s several inches long.
  • The procedure requires very little dissection.
  • There is typically a lower financial output for patient.
  • It is an outpatient procedure conducted under light anesthesia that usually lasts only 15 to 20 minutes.
  • Most patients can go home in 90 minutes to three hours after the procedure.

Before starting this procedure, the surgeon will know where to find the malfunctioning gland within the patient’s neck. Despite what some doctors claim, it isn’t necessary for a patient to have a positive scan before undergoing the MIRP mini-surgery -- although a surgeon may prefer the older method of removing a parathyroid tumor, this isn’t necessarily what is best for the patient.

It’s easy for a surgeon from Parathyroid of Texas to determine whether parathyroid glands are producing too many hormones and which are producing too many or not enough hormones simply by using a probe, which we feel is a much better approach than creating a large incision in a patient’s neck for exploratory surgery. Perhaps most importantly, this procedure does not require the surgeon to remove any of the patient’s healthy parathyroid glands unnecessarily.

Contact Parathyroid of Texas today to learn more about these minimally invasive surgical options.