The parathyroid glands are 4 pea-sized glands in the neck that tightly regulate blood calcium levels. A common problems that may occur in patients is that one of these 4 gland becomes enlarged (sometimes 2, 3 or all 4), making too much parathyroid hormone (PTH) and raising the blood calcium level. Many patients have no symptoms with an elevated calcium level, but over time the elevated parathyroid hormone gradually weakens bone, causing osteopenia or osteoporosis. Some patient may experience symptoms of fatigue, bone/joint/muscle aches, kidney stones, abdominal discomfort, heartburn, constipation, memory loss, cognitive deficit, and brain fog.
What we offer:
We offer complete workup and treatment of hyperparathyroidism including directed minimally invasive parathyroidectomy, state of the art localization techniques including high resolution ultrasound, dedicated parathyroid sestamibi (planar & pinhole) with SPECT CT fusion scans, 4D CT, and selective venous sampling. Complex parathyroid cases are discussed during our multidisciplinary endocrine surgery conference with opinions from many physicinas including endocrinologists, endocrine surgeons, pathologists, radiologists, and medical oncologists.
For more information about parathyroid surgery click HERE (American Association for Endocrine Surgeons)