What is a parathyroidectomy?

A parathyroidectomy is the surgical removal of one or several (there are four total) overactive parathyroid glands. These glands work with the kidneys to control calcium levels in the body. The goal of this surgery is to lower the amount of parathyroid hormone and normalize calcium levels in the body.

Our surgeons are experts in a variety of thyroid and parathyroid surgical procedures, and are leaders across both Michigan and the U.S. in maintaining your comfort and safety, and in performing the most advanced technological procedures. Various surgical procedures are available, and with your surgeon, you can determine which is best for you.

Do you need a parathyroidectomy?

There are a number of parathyroid diseases for which surgery is the best treatment option. These diseases are:

  • Primary Hyperparathyroidism: Parathyroidectomy is the main treatment for patientswith this condition, which occurs when calcium and parathyroid hormone levels get too high. Primary hyperparathyroidism can cause kidney damage and weak bones (osteoporosis).
  • Hyperparathyroidism Due to Renal Failure: This type of hyperparathyroidism occurs in patients with kidney failure who are on dialysis. In these patients, all parathyroid glands are typically overactive.
  • Tertiary Hyperparathyroidism: Tertiary hyperparathyroidism is a rare condition that can occur in patients after a kidney transplant.
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