Minimally Advanced Parathyroid Surgery
Hyperparathyroidism is caused by the excessive production of parathyroid hormone by one or more of the parathyroid glands. This over activity of the parathyroid glands results in the excess production of parathyroid hormone (PTH).
PTH helps maintain the proper levels of calcium and phosphorus in your body. Normal parathyroid glands are suppressed with an elevated calcium level. The problem occurs when a diseased parathyroid gland continues to discrete PTH despite an elevated calcium level. The diagnosis of hyperparathyroidism is made when there is an elevated blood calcium level together with an elevated or high normal PTH.
At Dr. Gordon’s New York Center for Advanced Parathyroid Surgery we have the benefit of placing our operative suites next to our imaging facility enabling the ready use of the Minimally Invasive Radioguided Parathyroidectomy (MIRP) Surgery technique. This permits the convenience and use of the intraoperative gamma counter if indicated shortly after sestamibi injection while the parathyroid adenoma nuclear activity is still elevated.
The minimally invasive radioguided parathyroidectomy technique was popularized in the late 1990s and still plays a role for certain cases. MIRP plays a useful role in assisting the surgeon with localizing the parathyroid adenoma intraoperatively.
About 97% of parathyroid disease patients have only one bad parathyroid. So rather than use the traditional parathyroid operation technique requiring a large neck incision to locate and examine the four parathyroid glands the MIRP surgical technique simply remove the one bad gland and leave the others alone.
To learn more about Dr. Gordon’s New York Center for Advanced Parathyroid Surgery please visit www.advancedparathryoid.com or call 888-760-0966.