Parathyroidectomy for Hyperparathyroidism

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Hyperparathyroidism means dealing with troubling symptoms like fatigue, depression, kidney stones, and weakened bones.

At UVA Health, our expert surgeons perform a procedure called parathyroidectomy to remove one or more of your parathyroid glands. This cures your hyperparathyroidism by stopping your body from making too much of the hormone parathormone.

Parathyroidectomy at UVA Health

Our skilled surgeons are experienced in removing the parathyroid glands, located in your neck, without hurting nearby glands.

When possible, we do a minimally invasive surgery. That means we make several small cuts and use cameras to see and remove the parathyroid gland(s). That helps you recover faster.

For more complex cases, we do traditional surgery and make a larger cut in the neck.

You may be able to go home the same day as your surgery or spend just 1 night in the hospital.

Learn more about having surgery at UVA Health.

After Your Parathyroidectomy

It usually takes a few weeks to recover from your surgery at home.

After surgery, it may take your body time to adjust to your new parathormone levels. You may need to take calcium or other medicines.