Parathyroid surgery is reserved for patients with problems on the four rice-sized glands located on the backside of the thyroid gland. At La Peer Health Systems, our world-renowned head and neck surgeons are keenly aware of the symptoms of parathyroid problems, and we provide the most advanced and minimally invasive treatment options for our patients with parathyroid gland problems.
Often times, a patient may be experiencing problems with his or her parathyroid glands and not have any idea. Too often patients are sent back from their primary care physician without a diagnosis of their problem and left to remain unhealthy as a result. This is why it is important to consult experienced endocrinologists or head and neck surgeons because their medical specialty is ideally suited to diagnose disorders of the parathyroid gland. At La Peer Health Systems in Los Angeles, our unique team approach utilizes parathyroid experts with experience from top medical schools around the globe. Because we focus entirely on providing our patients with excellent care and cures, we believe this is predominantly achieved through bringing only the best parathyroid doctors together under one roof.
To find out the La Peer difference first hand, contact us today at (855) 360-9119.
What Is the Parathyroid?
The parathyroid glands are a group of four rice-sized glands located on the backside of a butterfly shaped gland known as the thyroid. The parathyroid glands produce the parathyroid hormone and serve a different purpose than the thyroid gland: parathyroid glands maintain the body's calcium levels so that all the organs in the body can function properly.
Calcium is extremely important to every single cell in our body because it is needed for communication inside the cells as well as in between cells. Think of calcium in the body as the charge that goes through a telephone cable that transmits the signal. Each of the body's nerve cells relies on calcium to send signals. If a person's parathyroid gland is malfunctioning, this could potentially result in severe neurological problems because of the important role that calcium plays in the body's communication.
Parathyroid Problems & Symptoms
Problems often arise within our parathyroid glands and most often cause hyperparathyroidism due to too much hormone production. This has to do with one of the following:
- Parathyroid adenoma (a benign tumor)
- Parathyroid hyperplasia (all four glands overproducing)
- Parathyroid cancer
When a person experiences any of the above stated problems with their parathyroid gland, the symptoms can vary in severity. Below are the most commonly reported symptoms that occur as a result of an affected parathyroid gland:
- Poor sleep
- Stomach acid issues
- Bone pain
- High Blood Pressure
- Body Ache
- Kidney Stones
At La Peer Health Systems, we take a team approach to treating patients with parathryoid disease. Throughout the surgical process, you will work with parathyroid expert Dr. Babak Larian and a team of radiologists and anesthesiologist to make sure your surgery has optimal results. Additionally, our renowned head and neck surgeons will work as a team with your primary care doctor and endocrinologist to treat and follow-up with a variety of parathyroid problems. The care you will receive at La Peer Health Systems is focused on providing a comfortable and relaxing environment while giving you only the best treatments possible from an expert parathyroid surgeon.
Benefits of Minimally Invasive Parathyroidectomy
If a patient needs a portion or the entire parathyroid gland removed, one of the best surgical options is known as the minimally invasive parathyroidectomy. The minimally invasive parathyroidectomy is much less traumatic to the tissue compared to its surgical counterpart. The technique, which only requires a small incision in the neck, allows for a faster recovery and a much shorter hospital stay. Expert ENT's Dr. Babak Larian, Dr. Mani Zadeh, and Dr. Michel Babajanian, are all extremely skillful parathyroid surgeons with a knowledge in head and neck surgery that won't be found anywhere else.
The thoroughness of minimally invasive parathyroidectomy provided by our expert La Peer surgeons is equal to traditional parathyroid surgery, though the risks and complications are greatly reduced. Benefits of the surgery include, but are not limited to:
- Less pain and pain medications
- Quick recovery
- Small incision
- Minimal blood loss
Revolutionary Local Anesthetic Approach
The minimally invasive parathyroidectomy can be performed under local anesthesia, which ensures a patient will be much more comfortable upon completion of the surgery. Local anesthesia differs from general anesthesia in the sense that it does not affect every major organ in your body, which ultimately results in a less lethargic feeling after the minimally invasive parathyroidectomy is completed. If a patient prefers to undergo general anesthesia for other reasons, it can most certainly be arranged.
Because our head and neck surgeons are pioneers in the field of parathyroid disorders and the performance of minimally invasive surgeries, we're able to offer patients a truly revolutionary anesthetic approach. Performing the procedure under local anesthesia means our patients have a much easier recovery and can return home the very same day that their surgery was performed. Receiving the surgery under local anesthesia is very safe and does not have the additional risk factors associated with general anesthesia.
If you think you might be suffering from a parathyroid condition, please call La Peer Health Systems in Los Angeles today to learn more about our excellent department of Head & Neck Surgery.
Contact Our Los Angeles Parathyroid Surgeons
At La Peer Health Systems in Los Angeles, we have highly trained surgeons that believe compassion and caring for patients is just as important as surgical technique. Our Beverly Hills parathyroid surgeons are experts in their field and utilize state-of-the-art techniques to treat problems in that parathyroid gland.
If you think are suffering from parathyroid problems, please call us at 855-360-9119 and ask to speak with the Department of Head and Neck Surgery. We look forward to hearing from you and working together to improve your symptoms, condition, and overall quality of life.
For more information, please visit the CENTER for Advanced Parathyroid Surgery website dedicated 100% to parathyroid surgery.
By: Dr. Larian
Babak Larian is a highly experienced and reputable ear, nose & throat specialist, and head & neck surgeon in Los Angeles. readmore
Mani H. Zadeh, MD FACS is a board-certified otolaryngologist-head and neck surgeon. He is a member of the American Academy readmore
Dr. Michel Babajanian is a board-certified Otolaryngologist and Head and Neck Surgeon. readmore