Parathyroid surgery removes abnormal parathyroid glands that produce harmful levels of calcium in the blood.
What is a parathyroid surgery?
Parathyroid surgery, or a parathyroidectomy, is a procedure during which the doctor removes part or all of your parathyroid glands.
The parathyroid glands help control calcium and phosphorous blood levels. When they stop working properly, parathyroid surgery removes the abnormal glands producing harmful high-calcium blood levels.
When is it used?
There are four parathyroid glands located on the outside borders of the thyroid gland in the front of the neck.
When over-activity of the parathyroid glands develops, it is called hyperparathyroidism. This raises the levels of calcium in the blood. You might experience:
• Muscle weakness.
• Premature thinning of the bones.
• Kidney stones.
• Decreased alertness.
• Frequent urination.
• Occasional joint discomfort.
What are the benefits of this procedure?
You will no longer have high calcium levels in your blood. The abnormal parathyroid gland(s) have been removed.
By eliminating the high calcium level in your blood, you will be protected from the short- and long-term consequences of calcium elevation.