The parathyroid glands, which produce parathyroid hormone (PTH), are small endocrine glands in the neck. They are usually located behind the thyroid gland. PTH helps regulate your calcium level. Most people have four parathyroid glands, but some people have more.
Who should have parathyroid surgery?
Parathyroid surgery is recommended in the case of parathyroid hyperactivity. Consultation with a member of our endocrine surgery team, is recommended when:
- Blood tests show elevated calcium and PTH levels.
- A parathyroid scan shows an enlarged parathyroid.
- Parathyroid cancer is suspected.
- Some patients with kidney failure on dialysis develop parathyroid disease, and require removal of the parathyroid glands.
Minimally Invasive Approach to Parathyroid Surgery
Because of the visible location of the incision made during a parathyroidectomy, many patients prefer a smaller scar. A minimally invasive approach is an option for some patients who present with parathyroid disease. Learn more about conditions we treat.
What is the recovery from parathyroid surgery?
Most patients can go home the day of surgery. Some patients may need to stay in the hospital overnight. Most patients will be back to regular activity within one week. You will see your surgeon one week after surgery to assess your recovery. Learn more about postoperative visits.
For additional information, appointments or patient referrals, please contact us at 202-877-3158.
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