Parathyroidectomy

If you’re going to have a parathyroidectomy, read all about it here.

A parathyroidectomy is a procedure to remove your parathyroid glands.

What are the parathyroid glands?

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Your abdominal cavity contains your intestines and other structures. These are protected by your abdominal wall, which is made up of four layers. Weak spots can develop in the layer of muscle, resulting in the contents of your abdomen, along with the inner layer, pushing through your abdominal wall. This produces a lump called a hernia. Furthermore, an inguinal hernia happens at the inguinal canal. This is a narrow passage in which nerves and a ligament pass through your abdominal wall.

What are the benefits of surgery?

You should no longer have the hernia. Surgery should prevent the serious complications that a hernia can cause and allow you to return to normal activities.

Are there any alternatives to surgery?

Inguinal hernias can be repaired using keyhole surgery and this may be appropriate for you. You can sometimes control the hernia with a truss (padded support belt) or simply leave it alone. It will not get better without surgery.

What does the procedure involve?

 

What complications can happen?

Like all surgical procedures, there are some complications that can be serious and can even cause death. Please bear in mind the general and specific complications regarding this type of operation.

General complications of any operation

  • Pain
  • Infection of the surgical site (wound)
  • Unsightly scarring of your skin
  • Blood clot in your leg
  • Blood clot in your lung

Specific complications of this operation

  • Bleeding
  • Change in your voice
  • Breathing difficulties
  • Drop in calcium levels in your blood
  • Failure of the operation

How soon will I recover?

If there are no complications during the operation, you should be able to go home after 1 to 2 days. You should be able to return to work and normal activities after about 2 weeks, depending on how much surgery you need and your type of work. Regular exercise should help you to return to normal activities as soon as possible. Before you start exercising, ask the healthcare team or your GP for advice. Most people make a full recovery and can return to normal activities.

A normal gland that was not removed may become overactive many years later and you may need another operation.

Summary

Parathyroid glands can become overactive, causing an increase in the level of calcium in your blood. Surgery to remove any affected glands is the only reliable way to prevent long-term problems. To find out more, call us on 0808 101 0337.

 

Acknowledgements

Author: Mr Keith Rigg FRCS MD

Illustrator: Medical Illustration

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