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Minimally Invasive Parathyroid Surgery

Surgery is an option if you have hyperparathyroidism or cancer in the parathyroid. With surgery to correct parathyroid cancer, the tumor is removed. It helps return your calcium levels back to normal. Not to mention, you’ll notice an improvement in your blood pressure, and you won’t have bone aches anymore. If the word “surgery” scares you, minimally invasive parathyroid surgery is unlike most surgeries. It leaves behind minimal scarring, especially when you have the surgery performed at The Surgery Group of Los Angeles, serving Los Angeles, CA and the surrounding area.

Definition of Minimally Invasive Parathyroid Surgery

Minimally invasive parathyroid surgery, sometimes referred to as MIP, is becoming an increasingly more popular method to remove tumors on the parathyroid glands. This surgery has a higher success rate than a traditional parathyroid surgery. Additionally, this particular surgery has fewer complications than a traditional one.

The surgery entails removing the tumor or tumors from the affected parathyroid gland. Although you have four parathyroid glands, typically only one will have tumors; therefore, you’ll only need to have surgery on one of the glands. Previous to minimally invasive parathyroid surgery, the surgery consisted of making an incision at the neck of the four glands, which allow access to all four of the glands. With this particular surgery, one small incision is made where the tumor is in order to remove it through the opening. You have a short recovery time and a scar that’s nearly impossible to see. You’re also at less of a risk for complications because of the small incision.

The Process

Despite the small size of the glands, the surgery can take up to four hours. It takes so long because of how intricate of a process minimally invasive parathyroid surgery is. You receive general anesthesia for the surgery, so you’re not awake and can’t feel any pain. During the surgery, your surgical specialist will have to locate and remove the tumor. The surgeon must be careful in order to avoid harming any areas surrounding the tumor such as the nerves or blood vessels. Although you’ll be able to return home the same day as your procedure, you’ll need to have someone drive you home due to the anesthesia.

Possible Side Effects

Side effects aren’t common and tend to be mild in nature. For instance, you might have swelling around the incision site. You might also have pain, numbness or tingling there. Side effects tend to last for up to a few weeks. You should avoid strenuous physical activity during the first week after your surgery to avoid tearing your incision line.

Scarring is obviously a possible side effect, but with a minimally invasive parathyroid surgery, scarring is minimal. Unlike the traditional parathyroid surgery that causes a large scar around your neck, you only have a small incision directly near the parathyroid gland where the tumor is. The scar is small, and once it heals, it’s nearly invisible because it’s only about an inch long. You won’t have to feel self-conscious after this surgery due to an unsightly scar.

Although the surgery itself is minimally invasive, it’s always beneficial to the outcome to select a highly skilled team like those at The Surgery Group of Los Angeles, serving Los Angeles and the surrounding area, to conduct your surgery. To discuss your particular condition with a surgeon, contact us today at 424-303-4949.