Each year about 250,000 people in the U.S. develop hyperparathyroidism. Hyperparathyroidism is a disease in which there is excessive production of parathyroid hormone (PTH) by the parathyroid glands. Over 2,500 minimally invasive procedures to cure parathyroid disease are performed at Tampa General Hospital’s Parathyroid Center annually. Over 20,000 parathyroid surgeries have been performed at TGH.
Symptoms of parathyroid disease may include the following:
- Loss of energy
- Lack of concentration
- Osteoporosis and/or osteopenia
- Trouble sleeping
- Gastric acid reflux
- Thinning hair
- Kidney stones
- High blood pressure
- Recurrent headaches
- Heart palpitations
Click here to watch a video of a minimally invasive radio-guided parathyroid surgery.
Click here to watch a video about one TGH patient’s experience at the Parathyroid Center.
Tampa General Hospital’s Parathyroid Center is the only center in the U.S. performing minimally invasive radioguided parathyroid (MIRP) surgery for the treatment of hyperparathyroidism and parathyroid tumors. MIRP surgery has the highest cure rate and is the least invasive of all parathyroid operations. The technique uses intraoperative nuclear mapping—a method that allows virtually all parathyroid operations to be performed through a one inch incision with the least amount of dissection. The surgeon uses a special probe that can determine which parathyroid glands are normal, which are bad, and where each of these parathyroid glands are located in the neck. This allows diseased glands to be removed while preventing the removal of normal glands.
Patients arriving at TGH for parathyroid surgery go directly to the Parathyroid Center to register. On average, MIRP surgery is an outpatient procedure that takes less than 20 minutes. Typically, patients go home one to two hours after the procedure.
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