Parathyroid Surgery

The only cure for hyperparathyroidism is surgery.  If surgery is needed, there are 2 operations that can be performed for primary hyperparathyroidism.   If the abnormal gland can be found ( localised ) a minimally invasive operation may be performed.   Your surgeon will organise a sestamibi scan  ( if not already done) and perform an ultrasound to try to locate the abnormal parathyroid gland. Both Dr Gough and Dr Stringer perform ultrasound in the office to help localised the parathyroid glands. Occasionally a 4D CT scan may be needed if the other scans are unsuccessful.  Unfortunately abnormal parathyroid glands don't always show up on the scans.  Once all the results are available your surgeon will discuss your surgical options.

Minimally Invasive Parathyroidectomy (MIP)
4 Gland or Bilateral Neck Exploration

Parathyroid surgery can be difficult and is a highly specialised field. The glands can be found in unusual ( ectopic) locations. It has been shown that it is best performed by experienced surgeons such as those at Brisbane Breast and Endocrine Surgeons.