Virginia Mason surgeons perform a high number of parathyroid procedures each year. Surgery is appropriate when a patient suffers from hyperparathyroidism. Hyperparathyroidism can cause kidney stones, osteoporosis, mental and physical dysfunction and abdominal pain. Virginia Mason’s parathyroid surgery technique has evolved to maximize outcomes while minimizing surgical trauma. This is possible due to the accuracy of radiological imaging using both ultrasound and nuclear medicine tests. Virginia Mason surgeons and radiologists work closely as a team to determine the best point of entry, thereby limiting the extent of surgery performed on any particular patient with hyperparathyroidism.
The operation is usually done as an outpatient procedure with a short operating time, from 15 minutes to an hour. Virginia Mason’s published results show that patients feel their health has improved after parathyroid surgery.
For more information or to schedule an appointment with our general surgeons, call Faye Lee, RN, at (206) 341-1595.