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What is parathyroidectomy?

Parathyroidectomy is the surgical removal of one or more of the parathyroid glands. It is used to treat hyperparathyroidism.

Our approach

The surgeons at Northwell Health try to perform minimally invasive parathyroidectomies whenever possible by utilizing their expertise in these techniques to help patients recover faster and avoid an overnight stay when possible.

Since there can be differences of opinion regarding certain treatment regimens, especially for thyroid cancer, the team of experts at Northwell Health will design an individualized, patient-centered plan. This will be tailored to each patient’s risk profile to achieve the best possible outcome, both in terms of cure, adverse effects, and quality of life.

Treatment types

A parathyroidectomy involves cutting open the neck and is performed one of two ways:

Minimally invasive—Patients with only one enlarged gland are usually suitable for minimally invasive parathyroid surgery (which is approximately 90 percent of cases). 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. The surgeons use a special fiber-optic scope and make a much smaller incision (cut) during the procedure.

Open—Open surgeries use a larger incision and are an older, but still-effective approach. Open surgeries are the best treatment option for some patients.

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