Parathyroid Surgery & Treatments
New York Sinus & Thyroid Surgery Center – Edward J. Shin M.D.
New York Sinus & Thyroid Surgery Center – Edward J. Shin M.D.
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NEW YORK, NEW YORK 10003

Parathyroid Surgery NYC

Parathyroid Surgery & Treatments

Parathyroid surgery in NYC with Dr. Edward Shin can treat the symptoms of parathyroid disorders for long-lasting relief. Your parathyroid glands produce hormones that help your muscles and nerves function. These hormone levels are constantly kept in balance by your parathyroids. Parathyroid diseases can interrupt the balance of hormones being released, which can lead to a variety of symptoms, including lethargy, muscle aches, bone pain, depression, and anxiety. If parathyroid disorders are not treated, they can lead to serious complications like kidney failure and osteoporosis. Edward Shin, MD offers parathyroid surgery for NYC patients who are suffering from overactive parathyroids and parathyroid cancer.

Parathyroid Surgery In NYC

What Are The Parathyroid Glands?

The parathyroids are 4 small glands located in the neck behind the thyroid. Your parathyroid glands are responsible for controlling the levels of calcium and phosphorus found in your blood. The parathyroids do this by producing parathyroid hormones (PTH) which balances calcium and phosphorus levels. Maintaining the correct levels allows your nervous system and muscular system to function efficiently.

If there is a disorder of the parathyroids, then this may interrupt the balance of parathyroid hormones in your body. If your parathyroids produce too many hormones, this can cause an overactive parathyroid (hyperparathyroidism), while too few hormones can lead to an underactive parathyroid (hypoparathyroidism). Parathyroid disorders can cause many different symptoms, including chronic fatigue, depression, dehydration, kidney stones, hypertension, and kidney failure. Many parathyroid disorders can be treated with parathyroid surgery in NYC.

What Are Some Common Parathyroid Disorders?

Hyperparathyroidism is the most common parathyroid disorder. During hyperparathyroidism, the parathyroid glands are overactive and produce an excess of parathyroid hormones. This can be caused by the parathyroid glands themselves (known as primary hyperparathyroidism) or it may be caused by another disease (secondary hyperparathyroidism). Hyperparathyroidism can lead to abnormally high levels of calcium and low levels of phosphorus. Hyperparathyroidism is a serious disease that can worsen over time if left untreated. Parathyroid surgery in NYC is considered the most common treatment for hyperparathyroidism.

Hypoparathyroidism is a parathyroid disorder that occurs when the parathyroid glands are underactive and do not produce enough parathyroid hormones. Hypoparathyroidism leads to abnormally low levels of calcium and high phosphorus levels. Patients with hypoparathyroidism may experience tiredness, muscle spasms, anxiety, depression, cramps, and many other symptoms. Learn more about parathyroid disorders by clicking here.

In rare cases, growths can develop inside the parathyroid glands. These growths may be cancerous (malignant) or non-cancerous (benign) and can affect the amount of parathyroid hormones found in your blood. Non-cancerous parathyroid tumors may lead to hyperparathyroidism, while parathyroid cancer can spread to surrounding lymph nodes and organs if not treated. Learn more about parathyroid cancer by clicking here.

Can Parathyroid Surgery In NYC & Other Treatments Help My Parathyroid Disorder?

Parathyroid surgery in NYC is the most common treatment to address parathyroid conditions. Parathyroid surgery is often used to treat hyperparathyroidism and remove benign or cancerous growths of the parathyroid glands. All or part of the parathyroid glands may need to be removed during this procedure. Dr. Shin specializes in parathyroid surgery at New York Sinus & Thyroid Surgery Center.

Parathyroid medication is a non-surgical option that can help maintain proper calcium and phosphorus levels in the blood. Medicines are available to increase the amount of calcium (for hypoparathyroidism), while other medications can decrease the amount of calcium (for hyperparathyroidism). Parathyroid medications are only designed to manage symptoms of parathyroid disorders, not treat them. Dr. Shin can refer patients to an endocrinologist for parathyroid medication.

Dietary supplements are also recommended to help prevent low calcium and vitamin D levels. Calcium and vitamin D supplements are often prescribed to patients following parathyroid surgery in NYC in order to prevent hypocalcemia (low calcium in the blood).

Parathyroid Surgery In NYC

Parathyroid surgery is the preferred treatment for hyperparathyroidism and hypercalcemia. Parathyroid surgery involves removing the parathyroid gland(s) that are producing too much parathyroid hormone. Typically, 1 or 2 of the parathyroid glands will be removed, while 1 gland will remain to maintain normal hormone levels. This procedure is known as a parathyroidectomy. In rare cases, all 4 parathyroid glands need to be removed. At New York Sinus & Thyroid Surgery Center, our parathyroid surgeon will discuss which type of parathyroid surgery is right for you and answer any questions that you may have.

PARATHYROID SURGERY
TREATS HYPERPARATHYROIDISM
CAN REMOVE BENIGN TUMORS THAT CONTRIBUTE TO OVERACTIVE PARATHYROIDS
REMOVAL OF 1 TO 3 OF THE PARATHYROID GLANDS MAY BE REQUIRED
COMPLETE REMOVAL OF ALL PARATHYROID GLANDS MAY BE NECESSARY IN RARE CASES

Parathyroid Cancer Surgery

Parathyroid cancer is an extremely rare form of cancer. When cells in the parathyroid glands divide and multiply uncontrollably, they can form a cancerous tumor and spread to other areas. These cancer cells create too many parathyroid hormones, which can lead to hyperthyroidism and very high levels of calcium in the blood. Fortunately, parathyroid cancer is slow-growing and is considered very treatable in most cases. Parathyroid surgery in NYC can remove cancerous parathyroid glands to prevent the spread of cancer and improve hormone levels. Learn more about parathyroid cancer surgery by clicking here.

PARATHYROID CANCER SURGERY
REMOVES CANCEROUS GROWTHS FROM THE PARATHYROID GLANDS
CANCEROUS TISSUE IS SURGICALLY EXCISED UNTIL NO CANCER IS PRESENT
MAY REQUIRE REMOVAL OF MULTIPLE PARATHYROID GLANDS
DIETARY SUPPLEMENTATION MAY BE REQUIRED FOLLOWING PARATHYROID CANCER SURGERY

Parathyroid Medication

Parathyroid medications can help manage the symptoms of parathyroid disorders. Certain medications are designed for patients with hyperparathyroidism; these medicines can reduce calcium levels in the blood. Other medications can increase calcium levels for patients with hypoparathyroidism. These medications are not designed to treat parathyroid disorders, but they can help control symptoms. Patients who are not good candidates for parathyroid surgery many benefit from parathyroid medicines.

PARATHYROID MEDICATION
CAN MANAGE THE SYMPTOMS OF HYPERPARATHYROIDISM & HYPOPARATHYROIDISM
CERTAIN MEDICINES CAN RAISE CALCIUM LEVELS IN THE BLOOD (FOR PATIENTS WITH HYPOCALCEMIA)
OTHER MEDICATIONS CAN LOWER CALCIUM LEVELS IN THE BLOOD (FOR PATIENTS WITH HYPERCALCEMIA)
TAKEN ORALLY IN PILL FORM

Dietary Supplements

Certain dietary supplements can help patients with calcium deficiencies or vitamin D deficiencies that contribute to hypocalcemia. Patients who undergo parathyroid surgery in NYC with Dr. Edward Shin may sometimes require calcium supplements to maintain proper calcium levels in the blood; however, typically if the parathyroid tumor is removed and the other parathyroid glands are preserved, long-term calcium supplementation may not be necessary.

DIETARY SUPPLEMENTS
INCLUDES CALCIUM SUPPLEMENTS & VITAMIN D SUPPLEMENTS
CAN HELP PREVENT VITAMIN D DEFICIENCY & HYPOCALCEMIA
TYPICALLY PRESCRIBED FOLLOWING PARATHYROID SURGERY IN NYC
CAPSULES ARE TAKEN ORALLY

Which Type Of Parathyroid Treatment Is Right For Me?

There are many factors that will determine which type of parathyroid treatment is right for you, including your age, overall health, genetics, a history of parathyroid disorders, and more. While parathyroid surgery is the preferred option for most parathyroid conditions, some patients are not ideal candidates for surgery and may be better suited for medication. Dr. Edward Shin can perform parathyroid surgery for patients suffering from hyperthyroidism or thyroid cancer. Patients who are candidates for medication can be referred to an endocrinologist for treatment.

How Is Parathyroid Surgery Performed?

NYC parathyroid surgery is performed using general anesthesia. A small incision is made at the neck to access the parathyroid glands. The overactive glands are then removed, along with any parathyroid growths or tumors. Our parathyroid surgeon may use an endoscope to see inside your parathyroid glands during surgery. The endoscopic probe is inserted into the neck through a tiny incision and transmits digital images of the parathyroids in real time.

TYPES OF PARATHYROID SURGERY
Parathyroidectomy
This is the more common type of parathyroid surgery. 1 to 2 of your parathyroid glands will be removed. Typically, at least 1 gland is left to maintain the proper production of parathyroid hormones.
Four Gland Parathyroidectomy
This is a much rarer parathyroid surgery in which all 4 parathyroid glands are removed. If this is the case, then parathyroid tissue is re-implanted into the neck, forearm, chest, or another area. This tissue forms a new blood supply over time and can act as a new parathyroid gland to help balance hormone levels.
Parathyroid Treatment In NYC

What Can I Expect Following My Parathyroid Surgery In NYC?

Depending on the extent of your parathyroid surgery, you may need to stay 1-2 nights in the hospital before being released. You may experience a sore throat and trouble swallowing following your procedure. A liquid diet may be recommended for the initial days to make it easier to swallow. Pain medication will be prescribed to reduce discomfort. Our parathyroid surgeon may recommend dietary supplements like calcium and vitamin D following your parathyroid surgery to prevent hypocalcemia. Strenuous activities and vigorous exercise should be avoided until permitted by Dr. Shin. The specifics of your recovery, including post-care instructions and guidelines, can be discussed in more detail during your parathyroid surgery consultation with Dr. Shin at New York Sinus & Thyroid Surgery Center.

How Do I Learn More About Parathyroid Surgery & Treatments In NYC?

Our parathyroid surgeon in NYC would be happy to discuss parathyroid surgery and parathyroid treatments in more detail with you. To schedule a consultation, please call 646.943.7985 or request an appointment online at our NYC office.

WHAT PATIENTS SAY ABOUT DR. SHIN

Edward J. Shin, M.D.

NEW YORK SINUS & THYROID SURGERY CENTER

310 E. 14TH STREET
6TH FLOOR
NEW YORK, NEW YORK 10003

646.943.7985

New York Eye & Ear Infirmary Of Mount Sinai

NEW YORK SINUS & THYROID SURGERY CENTER

310 E. 14TH STREET
6TH FLOOR
NEW YORK, NEW YORK 10003

646.943.7985