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What are the risks from parathyroid surgery?

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Depends on how it is being done, minimal incision or full neck incision.
Depends on if it is for only one parathyroid gland, or if all four glands are being evaluated at surgery. Low risk of nerve damage to the vocal cord, low risk of infection, low risk of bleeding and swelling after surgery. Low risk of not being able to locate the offending gland at surgery requiring another surgery later.

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Depends on how it is being done, minimal incision or full neck incision.
Depends on if it is for only one parathyroid gland, or if all four glands are being evaluated at surgery. Low risk of nerve damage to the vocal cord, low risk of infection, low risk of bleeding and swelling after surgery. Low risk of not being able to locate the offending gland at surgery requiring another surgery later.
Dr. Mark Hoepfner
Dr. Mark Hoepfner
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Dr. Richard Orr
Risk is definitely related to the individual surgeon's experience with this disease,
Dr. Charles Atkinson
There is also the risk of temporary hypocalcemia and disease recurrence
Dr. Brendan Stack Jr.
Surgery - Head & Neck
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In brief: Risks of surgery

Parathyroid surgery is very safe if done by a competent surgeon.
It can also be done as an outpatient. The leading risk is a failed surgery with respect to persistent high calcium, 3-5%. Less frequent risks are permanent hoarseness or low calcium (hypoparathyroidism). The approach, minimally invasive vs. traditional, is less important than having an experienced, high volume surgeon.

In brief: Risks of surgery

Parathyroid surgery is very safe if done by a competent surgeon.
It can also be done as an outpatient. The leading risk is a failed surgery with respect to persistent high calcium, 3-5%. Less frequent risks are permanent hoarseness or low calcium (hypoparathyroidism). The approach, minimally invasive vs. traditional, is less important than having an experienced, high volume surgeon.
Dr. Brendan Stack Jr.
Dr. Brendan Stack Jr.
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