Endoscopic or Minimally Invasive Video Assisted Parathyroidectomy
Endoscopic or minimally invasive video assisted parathyroidectomy is an excellent option for patients with primary hyperparathyroidism. In this minimally invasive parathyroid surgery a high definition camera is used to identify and help remove overactive parathyroid glands. The camera provides a magnified, highly detailed view of the parathyroid glands and the critical nearby structures, including the laryngeal nerves, thyroid gland and major blood vessels. Endoscopic parathyroid surgery is a focused approach, in which the overactive parathyroid gland or glands are removed while doing minimal dissection of surrounding tissues. Patients whose problem gland (adenoma) can be identified or “localized” prior to surgery are excellent candidates for endoscopic parathyroidectomy.
Endoscopic or minimally invasive video assisted parathyroidectomy optimizes cosmetic results for patients needing surgery for hyperparathyroidism. Its benefits include:
- Minimal pain after surgery
- Short recovery time
- Small, well hidden incisions – one inch or less
- Outpatient surgery
- No drains, clips, or sutures
- For patients who prefer, the use of local anesthesia
The Department of Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery at Henry Ford has some of the only parathyroid surgeons in Michigan who perform endoscopic parathyroidectomy.