There are four parathyroid glands that are found on the outside of the thyroid gland, in the front of the neck. This surgery is often performed when the parathyroid has become overactive, which raises the level of calcium in the blood and can result in hyperparathyroidism. Patients with this condition can experience muscle weakness, kidney stones, frequent urination, decreased alertness, and more. 

The Parathyroid Surgery Steps

Most patients receive general anesthesia for parathyroid surgery. This helps ensure that you are comfortable during the procedure and that you do not feel pain. The surgeon will place a small incision under your neck to access the parathyroid glands. The incision will be placed in a well-concealed area so there will be a little cosmetic impact. Depending on your specific condition, all or some of the parathyroid glands will be removed. After the surgery, the incisions will be closed with sutures. 

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Conditions Treated by Parathyroid Surgery

Parathyroid surgery is used to treat hyperparathyroidism. The parathyroid glands create parathyroid hormone (PTH) which controls the levels of calcium in the body. When the parathyroid gland becomes overactive, it can create a rise in calcium in the blood and lead to problems like your bones thinning early, decreased alertness, kidney stones, and other symptoms. 

Benefits of Parathyroid Surgery

Parathyroid surgery offers patients who are dealing with hyperparathyroidism an opportunity to find long-lasting relief. By removing the glands, your blood will no longer have higher levels of calcium.

This will also ensure you don’t experience long-term consequences from the increased calcium levels. The incision is also only a few centimeters long and can be well concealed with little scarring.

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About Texas ENT Specialists

Texas ENT Specialists offers specialized care for all ear, nose, and throat conditions to patients across Houston. We have 15 convenient office locations, each staffed with top-rated ENT providers who are able to care for all of your concerns. 

We have set ourselves apart in the industry through:

Personalized Treatment

Our providers tailor every ENT service to best fit your specific needs, never recommending anything unless it’s right for you.

Top-Rated Physician Network

All of our locations are staffed with a team of board-certified and fellowship-trained specialists who are happy to address all of your concerns.

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Continuity of Care

With our comprehensive care philosophy and network of highly trained providers, we work to ensure long-term relief.

Who Is a Candidate for Parathyroid Surgery

The providers at Texas ENT Specialists can assess whether you are a good candidate for parathyroid surgery. They will discuss your symptoms and examine your glands. Ideal candidates for parathyroid surgery are those who have hyperparathyroidism and have had difficulties with the side effects. If hyperparathyroidism is getting in the way of your daily activities or impacting the quality of your life, you may be a good candidate for the surgery.

Your Parathyroid Surgery Experience

Prior to your surgery, you will be evaluated to ensure you are a proper candidate. If you’re cleared for surgery, the process will begin with general anesthesia, then your surgeon will create 2-3 centimeter incisions under the neck to access the parathyroid glands. They will then remove a portion or all of the glands, and the incisions will be closed. You may need to stay overnight to be monitored further, but then you’ll be able to return home the following day. After this, you will begin your recovery process. 

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Parathyroid Surgery FAQ's

How do I know if I have hyperparathyroidism?

Texas ENT Specialists providers can evaluate your glands and symptoms and provide testing to determine if you have hyperparathyroidism.

Are there other parathyroid treatments available?

Surgery is the primary treatment method for those with hyperparathyroidism. Because it includes partial or complete removal of the parathyroid glands, it offers a definite solution to hyperparathyroidism.

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