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What is Minimally Invasive Parathyroid Surgery?

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December 2, 2014

Minimally invasive parathyroid surgery is also known as Minimally Invasive Parathyroidectomy (MIP). This procedure is becoming more popular for people that desire limited scarring, minor discomfort and great success when discussing their options for thyroid surgery with a board-certified ENT.

Information about Minimally Invasive Parathyroid Surgery

MIP is a type of thyroid surgery. It's a focused exploration and then removal of a single abnormal parathyroid gland. The incision is typically less than an inch in length. Regardless of the number of glands being examined only one incision is necessary. The operation is done using direct vision and without the aid of a videoendoscope. Nearly 90 percent of patients are candidates for MIP, provided they have primary hyperparathyroidism. Even if your parathyroid sestamibi scan is negative, you may still be a good candidate for MIP. Surgeon-performed ultrasound can provide a positive result even after a negative parathyroid sestamibi scan. Though, approximately ten percent that are ineligible for MIP typically have negative imaging scans, and will actually have multiple gland parathyroid disease.

Does Minimally Invasive Parathyroid Surgery Hurt?

Because MIP is a minimally invasive procedure, pain, discomfort and recovery time are reduced. There are two types of anesthesia for MIP: general anesthesia that will put you to sleep during the surgery, or light sedation. Since neither option has a benefit over the other, this is often determined between the surgeon and patient case-by-case.

Even very large parathyroid adenomas can be removed using MIP. Since most are oval-shaped, the already small incision only needs to be as large as the widest part of the parathyroid adenoma.

Do You Need Thyroid Surgery? Contact Dr. Shaari for More Information.

Contact otolaryngologist, Dr. Christopher M. Shaari in Hackensack for more information. We can be reached at 201-342-8060. We look forward to meeting you.


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