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The parathyroid glands are four small glands located in the neck, bordering the thyroid. These glands produce a hormone called parathyroid hormone (PTH) that regulates calcium and phosphorous in the blood and in bones. The two conditions that affect the parathyroid are hyperparathyroidism (too much calcium is made in the body) and hypoparathyroidism (too little calcium is made).
Dignity Health's laparoscopic specialists offer patients the option of minimally invasive laparoscopic parathyroid surgery to remove some or all of the parathyroid glands when they are not functioning properly.
Symptoms of hyperparathyroidism include:
Hypoparathyroidism includes problems with:
In conventional open surgery, a large incision is made so the surgeon can remove the parathyroid glands.
In contrast, Dignity Health surgeons perform minimally invasive laparoscopic parathyroidectomy with only a few small incisions in the abdomen:
Laparoscopic parathyroidectomy is performed while you are under local anesthesia and you will only need to stay in the hospital a short time in the hospital before going home.
Dignity Health’s board-certified surgeons in Sacramento have undergone extensive fellowship training in advanced laparoscopic techniques, including robotic surgery. This combination of skill and technology offers patients a host of potential benefits, including:
You may be a candidate for a minimally invasive laparoscopic parathyroidectomy. For a referral to a Dignity Health specialist, please call 888.253.1704.