Minimally Invasive Parathyroidectomy

Minimally invasive parathyroid surgery under local anesthesia is the method of choice for the surgeons at the Endocrine Surgery Parathyroid Program to treat hyperparathyroidism. The procedure involves the removal of one or more of the parathyroid glands.

Adjuncts to parathyroid surgery over the last fifteen years include improved imaging showing the surgeons the location of the abnormal parathyroid(s), as well as the parathyroid hormone assay which gives the surgeon confidence that the patient is cured while still on the operating room table. These adjuncts allow for a minimally invasive approach to parathyroid surgery because the surgery is targeted and confirmation of cure is possible within minutes of parathyroid gland removal.

What to Expect

At our program, an ultrasound is often performed at the time of surgery to help pinpoint the abnormal parathyroid gland location. A small 2-3 cm incision (about 1 inch) is then made under local anesthesia and the abnormal parathyroid gland removed. The parathyroid hormone blood test is then measured to confirm that the patient is cured. In the meantime the wound is closed.

Once confirmation of cure is obtained from the parathyroid blood test the operation is completed. Since general anesthesia is not necessary patients are generally ready to bypass the recovery room and go straight to the ambulatory care center after which they can go home usually within one to two hours.

We perform hundreds of parathyroid operations each year and patients are generally very happy with the outcome.

Contact Us

Mount Sinai Union Square

Tel: 212-824-2350
Fax: 212-202-4713 or 212-202-4995

The Garlock Division of General Surgery
5 East 98th Street
3rd Floor (Mail Box 1259)
New York, NY 10029

1470 Madison Ave at 101st Street
3rd Floor (Mail Box 1259)
New York, NY 10029