What is parathyroid surgery?

Parathyroid surgery, known medically as parathyroidectomy, is a surgical procedure aimed at removing one or more of the parathyroid glands. These small glands, typically four in number, are located behind the thyroid gland in the neck and are responsible for regulating the body's calcium levels. Parathyroid surgery is usually recommended when one or more of these glands become overactive—a condition known as hyperparathyroidism—leading to elevated calcium levels in the blood, which can cause various symptoms like kidney stones, bone pain, fatigue, and mood changes.

What does the surgery entail?

The surgery involves a small incision in the neck through which the surgeon identifies and removes the affected gland(s). The procedure is often guided by intraoperative monitoring to ensure accurate identification and preservation of healthy glands. The goal of parathyroid surgery is to normalize calcium levels, alleviate symptoms, and prevent complications associated with hyperparathyroidism. Recovery time is generally short, and patients can usually return to normal activities quickly, with ongoing monitoring of calcium levels post-surgery.

Why choose us?

Louisiana ENT Specialists delivers world-class parathyroid surgery through a dedicated team of ENT specialists with extensive experience and expertise. Their board-certified and fellowship-trained physicians work collaboratively to provide a multidisciplinary approach, ensuring that patients receive the most up-to-date and effective treatments. Louisiana ENT Specialists' commitment to patient-first care means that each surgery is personalized to the individual, resulting in superior patient experience and better surgical outcomes. With a comprehensive network of specialists and a focus on long-term relief, Louisiana ENT Specialists is a trusted choice for top-tier parathyroid surgery.

How much time off will I need? 

Recovery from parathyroid surgery involves several important steps to ensure your safety and comfort:

  • Hospital Stay: Typically, parathyroid surgery is performed as an outpatient procedure, allowing most patients to return home the same day. However, in some cases, an overnight hospital stay may be necessary, especially if there are complications or concerns about calcium levels.
  • Pain Management: Patients may experience mild to moderate pain or discomfort at the incision site and in the neck area. Pain is usually managed with prescription or over-the-counter pain medications as prescribed by the surgeon. Over time, pain should diminish as healing progresses.
  • Dietary Adjustments: After surgery, patients may need to make dietary adjustments, particularly with their calcium intake. A sudden drop in parathyroid hormone levels can lead to lower calcium levels in the blood. To prevent hypocalcemia, patients may be advised to take calcium supplements and vitamin D supplements, both of which will be closely monitored.
  • Activity Restrictions: Patients are typically advised to avoid strenuous physical activities for a few weeks after surgery. They should also refrain from heavy lifting or anything that may strain the neck area to prevent complications or damage to the surgical site.
  • Follow-Up Appointments and Monitoring: Regular follow-up appointments with the surgeon are crucial to monitor the patient's progress and calcium levels. Blood tests are often conducted to ensure calcium levels remain within a healthy range. The surgeon will also assess the healing of the surgical incision and address any concerns or complications that may arise during the recovery period.
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During your recovery, we prioritize your needs and comfort. 

The post-operative period following parathyroid surgery is crucial for your healing and well-being. Rest and recovery are essential, and we strongly emphasize ensuring your comfort during this time. Our team is here to support you throughout the recovery process, providing the care and attention you need to achieve the best possible results.

Reasons for choosing Louisiana ENT Specialists

Our exceptional group of ENT specialists is experienced, compassionate, and dedicated to delivering the highest quality of medical and surgical care. Our fellowship-trained and board-certified physicians work collaboratively to ensure you receive the pinnacle of ENT expertise. With a patient-first philosophy, we focus on understanding your specific needs, offering one-on-one care with a warm bedside manner, and providing timely, attentive attention throughout your treatment. When you choose Louisiana ENT Specialists, you're not just getting a surgical procedure; you're gaining a trusted medical partner committed to your well-being and long-term relief.

Parathyroid Surgery FAQs

Is parathyroid surgery painful? How is pain managed?

Parathyroid surgery is generally well-tolerated, and our team provides effective pain management strategies to make your recovery as comfortable as possible.

How long does parathyroid surgery typically take?

The duration of parathyroid surgery can vary based on the specific case, but it is generally a swift and efficient procedure.

Will I have visible scarring after parathyroid surgery?

Most parathyroid surgeries are performed with small incisions, resulting in minimal scarring.

When can I return to work after parathyroid surgery?

Most patients can typically return to work within one to two weeks, though recovery times may vary based on individual circumstances.

Will my insurance cover parathyroid surgery?

Many insurance plans recognize the medical necessity of parathyroid surgery and may provide coverage. Our team can assist in verifying your insurance coverage to ensure you receive the benefits you deserve.

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