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Parathyroidectomy Side Effects
Parathyroidectomy: 54 M with unknown medical Hx or Rx asks: What side effects to know after parathyroidectomy? ? ANS: you have 4 paraT glands. So if only 1-3 is taken out may should have no side effects. But if all are taken out then expect severe low blood Ca which can cause numbness, tingling, cramps, irregular heart and even death. So talk to your surgeon and see what the plan is. Can do 2nd opinion 4 more detail ...Read more
Normal life: Most often parathyroidectomy for primary hyper-calcimia, when removing one gland only, will result in normal life after surgery. Unless an injury occurred to the recurrent laryngeal nerve which will cause horsiness of the voice. If the hyper-calcimia is secondary to renal failure and 3 and 1/2 glands are removed, then a low calcium may develop and calcium supplement may be needed. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
I recently had a parathyroidectomy and would like to know about the after effects it has caused (panic attacks, insomnia, etc) and is this common?
Low calcium: Usually the first week after a parathyroidectomy your serum calcium levels drop and so one can feel tired, get a sensation of pins and needles around mouth and hands and even nausea/vomiting. When this is severe it is called hungry bone syndrone. Taking a calcium supplement and vitamin d as prescribed by your doctor will help. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Variable: If only 1 or 2 glands are removed, usually none unless the hyperapara was long-standing and severe (then you would have to take calcium for awhile). If 3 1/2 glands are removed or all 4 (with reimplantation) then the calcium will fall at least for a short time and your levels will need to be monitored closely. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Yes indeed: Nowadays, i'd rather have a parathyriod out than go to the dentist. You should have any troubles and i'll bet that in about a day, you'll be delighted by how much better you feel now that that thing's out. Best wishes. ...Read more
Fatigue answer: In my experience the patients who have the highest calcium levels tend to have the most dramatic improvement in fatigue (usually calcium of 11 or higher). As far as the speed of improvement, some of my patients feel more energetic immediately after surgery and others it may take 1-3 days. Hope this helped. ...Read more
Will parathyroidectomy affect my appetite? Directly after surgery should I be particular about my diet?
Parathroidectomy: After a parathyroidectomy, you should feel better. Once the parathyroid gland is removed, patients have increased appetite, less bone and feel much better. You should eat calcium rich foods, especially the first few weeks after surgery, as calcium will go into bone after the operation. If you have no dietary restrictions, eat what you like. Good luck. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
I feel as if high order thinking is more difficult w hyperparathyroidism. Will this improve with parathyroidectomy?
Perhaps: There is a subtle neurotoxicity to hyperparathyroidism. Sometimes these vague symptoms will normalize following surgery. However, the decision on surgery should primarily be made based on bone health, kidney stones, etc. If you are a 41 yo woman with definate hyperparathyroidism, you should probably have it surgically fixed. Make sure the surgeon does this procedure often. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
May 19th having parathyroidectomy. Are there any limitations directly after surgery or throughout summer I need to be aware of?
Better health: First of all, something is seriously wrong with your list of conditions; you can't have hyperparathyroidism and hypoparathyroidism at the same time. If you have a parathyroid adenoma that needs to come out, and it is removed, you'll be surprised how much better you'll feel, and you can stop worrying about it giving you kidney stones, hypertension and more. ...Read more
Parathyroidectomy: I am assuming this is for primary hyperparathyroidism. If you are having symptoms that could be caused by this condition like fatigue or body pains these could improve within days of having surgery. If your doctor thinks your not having symptoms you may not feel any different. Hope this helps. ...Read more
Many: Ask your family doctor first, or local med society or hops to give you list of parathyroid surgeons, then you choose. ...Read more
My husband had Parathyroidectomy four months back. Everything went fine post procedure. Lately his pth is again high. Is it normal? Or to check again.
Not normal: Hi. Is his calcium high again now too? Primary hyperparathyroidism is usually due to a solitary parathyroid adenoma, but cases of multiple gland adenomas and of hyperplasia affecting all 4 glands also occur. If he's hypercalcemic and PTH is high again, he probably has multiple adenomas or hyperplasia. It sounds like he needs ongoing evaluation and further treatment. Good luck! ...Read more
I had a parathyroidectomy 2 wks ago having 3 1\2 glands removed. One gland was 1000mg, PTH still high. I feel worse now is this normal?
Hi PTH after surgery: 53 F I had a parathyroidectomy 2 wks ago having 3 1\2 glands removed. One gland was 1000mg, PTH still high. I feel worse now is this normal? ANS: If one of the glands had contained a single tumor PTH would not still be high. Must have hyperplasia and remaining piece (or another one) is still there. Check with your team. Get back with us. ...Read more
It should not: The parathyroid glands or near or sometimes embedded in the thyroid lobes. Removing them should not remove any or enough thyroid tissue to cause a problem with the thyroid. ...Read more
For a short time: Usually after a pararhyroidectomy the blood levels of calcium of a patient are low until the other glands remaining wake up and produce sufficient levels of parathyroid hormone. During this time I put all my patients after surgery on supplementation so their calcium levels don't get dangerously low. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer