Minimally invasive parathyroidectomy
A minimally invasive parathyroidectomy is suitable for patients with only one enlarged gland. This kind of surgery relies on pre-operative tests to localize a single abnormal gland to one side of the neck. This permits a focused operation that reduces the complication rates, operative time and post-operative recovery. Because only a limited area of the neck containing the enlarged gland is explored, a smaller incision at the base of the neck is utilized and can be done either open using small instruments or with the use of a five millimeter telescope attached to a video camera, resulting in a barely visible scar after one year of healing.
Learn more at the New York Head and Neck Institute.