Minimally Invasive NHS Parathyroid Surgery & Surgeons in the UK
What is Minimally Invasive Parathyroid Surgery?
The only cure for Primary Hyperparathyroidism is surgery to remove one or more diseased parathyroid glands. Primary Hyperparathyroidism is usually caused by a single benign tumour (adenoma) on one of the four parathyroid glands, more than one parathyroid gland my be also be involved but that situation is rarer.
The old fashioned parathyroidectomy (removal of the parathyroid gland) operation, which is still available in the UK on the NHS, involves a single large incision of 6-8 cm across the neck above the collar bone. This large incision allows the endocrine surgeon to gain access to all four parathyroid glands and check all four of them for disease.
The old fashioned parathyroidectomy surgery is longer and involves full general anaesthetic and a recuperation period of several days in hospital.
As 90% of all cases of Primary Hyperparathyroidism are caused by a single parathyroid tumour it makes sense to be able to locate the single tumour; so that where possible a more focused and less invasive surgery can be used. Minimally invasive parathyroid surgery involves trying to locate the bad parathyroid gland using a sestamibi scan and ultrasound scan prior to surgery.
Once the bad parathyroid gland is located, the endocrine surgeon can then use a smaller incision of 2cm to gain access and remove the parathyroid tumour.
The minimally invasive parathyroid surgery has the following benefits:
- Smaller scar
- Surgery can be carried out under a local anaesthetic or a light general anaesthetic.
- Quicker recovery time – patients can usually go home within a few hours avoiding a hospital stay.
Parathyroid surgery involves surgery which is close to the recurrent (inferior) laryngeal nerve – this nerve is involved in the control of the larynx (voice box) and damage to this nerve can cause changes to the voice or weakening of the voice.
It is very important to ensure that you have your parathyroid surgery carried out by a UK NHS or Private surgeon who has a great deal of experience in the successful removal of parathyroid tumours.
Here is a list of some UK based NHS & Private Endocrine surgeons and NHS & Private Hospitals in the UK who are experienced in Minimally Invasive Parathyroid Surgery.
Don’t forget that all NHS patients in the UK have the right to choose (Using the NHS Choose & Book system via your GP) where they get their treatment although we don’t have a right to choose a specific surgeon.
It has to be said though that as minimally invasive parathyroid surgery requires a skilled and experienced surgeon – that if you refer yourself to one of the hospitals listed below then it is more than likely that the respective surgeons listed below will carry out your surgery. Please ensure that this is confirmed when you use the NHS Choose & Book system with your GP.
UK based NHS & Private Endocrine surgeons and NHS Hospitals in the UK who are experienced in Minimally Invasive Parathyroid Surgery.