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what is the surgery cure rate of parathyroid operation?

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Dr. Phil Zapanta
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 21 years experience
High: Assuming one parathyroid adenoma in the setting of primary hyperparathyroidism (one gland disease) , the surgical cure rate can be as high as 95%. One gland disease is usually found in younger patients so younger patients will typically have a higher surgical success than older patients.
Dr. David Rosen
Dr. David Rosenanswered
Medical Oncology 30 years experience
Nearly 100%: With radioguidance and intraoperative PTH monitoring the cure rates for parathyroidectomy are close to 100%, provided the surgery is for primary hyperthyroidism. In cases of secondary or tertiary hyperparathyroidism, 4 gland excision with reimplant in forearm is performed in case there is recurrent hyperparathyroidism. Pieces of remaining parathyroid tissue can then be removed from forearm.
Dr. Brendan Stack jr., md, facs, face
Head and Neck Surgery 32 years experience
Cure rate: For an occasional operator, it should be above 80%. For a high volume surgeon, it would be greater than 95%.

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