Is Surgery Necessary?
There is uniform agreement in the medical profession that the only way to treat primary hyperparathyroidism is through surgery. Drug therapy is usually reserved for patients who are unable to undergo surgery for some reason. This is not a cure, but a delaying measure.
A ‘wait and see’ approach will not work. Hyperparathyroidism will not fix itself in time. Only the removal of the bad parathyroid gland will cure the parathyroid disease.
Today, Minimally Invasive Parathyroid Surgery is an option. Preoperative imaging and localization of the abnormal parathyroid tumor enables this treatment approach. Minimally Invasive Parathyroid Surgery is an outpatient procedure that requires a small incision as opposed to a large neck exploration. This procedure can usually be performed quickly, with patients able to return home the same day.