This is a minimally invasive procedure whereby a two-inch incision is made in the neck and an endoscope, a fiber-optic surgical device used to navigate to and remove the parathyroid glands, is inserted and guided by physicians. The surgery should last 15 – 30 minutes, and patients should be ready to leave three hours after arrival. A small drain may be placed by the incision and is removed the next morning.
With this advanced and minimally invasive procedure, pain is minimal. Regular activity can be resumed within 2 days.
All sutures used in the procedure are absorbable, so they naturally biodegrade in the body and do not require removal by a physician. Out of town patients are cleared for travel right after the drain is removed the day following surgery, though patients should schedule a follow-up visit with their primary care physician or endocrinologist between 2 – 4 weeks after surgery.
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