Parathyroid Surgery

The parathyroid glands are responsible for regulating the amounts of calcium within the blood by producing the hormone PTH. An overabundance of calcium within the blood is called hypercalcemia, and it is the most common form of hyperparathyroidism.  When a diseased parathyroid produces high amounts of calcium within the blood, parathyroid surgery is used as a treatment method.

If you’re concerned about the possibility of hypercalcemia and the potential need for parathyroid surgery, visit your local FastMed Urgent Care to speak with an experienced medical professional about the next steps.

Parathyroid Surgery: The Basics


What are the symptoms of hypercalcemia?

At first, the symptoms may appear in mild form, possibly only including fatigue and depression. Typical symptoms that are experienced as the disease progresses may include:

  • Parathyroid SurgeryMuscle pain/weakness
  • Confusion
  • Loss of appetite
  • Nausea/vomiting
  • Pain in abdomen
  • Constipation

What are the complications that can result from untreated hypercalcemia?

The following conditions may result from an untreated case of hypercalcemia:

Are there different methods used for a parathyroid surgery?

Yes. The following methods may be used by a medical professional during parathyroid surgery:

How is the recovery from parathyroid surgery?

The less invasive the procedure, the less time it takes to fully recover from surgery. Most patients return home the same day as the surgery is performed, but most patients may need to stay overnight in a hospital. It is common for patients to fully recover within a three-week timeframe, but it’s important to discuss the specifics regarding the recovery from this kind of surgery with a medical professional.

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