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What kind of scar does parathyroid surgery leave you with?

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Dr. Susan Wingo
Internal Medicine - Endocrinology
2 doctors agree

In brief: A small one.

Typically, an incision for parathyroid (or most thyroid) surgery is about 3" long and follows a slightly curved skin crease just above the collarbones.
In most cases, it will heal to about pencil line thickness and be noticeable only to someone looking closely at your neck, although it may be quite noticeable in the first few months.

In brief: A small one.

Typically, an incision for parathyroid (or most thyroid) surgery is about 3" long and follows a slightly curved skin crease just above the collarbones.
In most cases, it will heal to about pencil line thickness and be noticeable only to someone looking closely at your neck, although it may be quite noticeable in the first few months.
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Dr. Barry Rosen
Many centers are now offering MINIMALLY INVASIVE PARATHYROIDECTOMIES performed through less-than 1 inch incisions.
Dr. David Rosen
Internal Medicine - Oncology
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In brief: Minimally invasive

I use a 2 CM incision (3/4 inch).
They heal beautifully. The surgery is outpatient and can be done without general anesthesia. See photo one week after surgery.

In brief: Minimally invasive

I use a 2 CM incision (3/4 inch).
They heal beautifully. The surgery is outpatient and can be done without general anesthesia. See photo one week after surgery.
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Dr. Brendan Stack Jr.
Surgery - Head & Neck

In brief: Scar length

A typical minimally invasive Parathyroidectomy will leave a 2-3 cm scar. A conventional bilateral exploratory incision could be 6 cm or larger.

In brief: Scar length

A typical minimally invasive Parathyroidectomy will leave a 2-3 cm scar. A conventional bilateral exploratory incision could be 6 cm or larger.
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Dr. Jennie Law
Internal Medicine - Endocrinology

In brief: Minimal

Scar an be quite minimal if you have a good, experiences surgeon who can do surgery in a minimally invasive way.
If you get a good parathyroid scan that tells the surgeon exactly where to go, minimally invasive surgery is possible to minimize the scar. Quite a few patients can't find their scars a year after...

In brief: Minimal

Scar an be quite minimal if you have a good, experiences surgeon who can do surgery in a minimally invasive way.
If you get a good parathyroid scan that tells the surgeon exactly where to go, minimally invasive surgery is possible to minimize the scar. Quite a few patients can't find their scars a year after...
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