The parathyroid gland produces a hormone responsible for controlling calcium in the body…
The four tiny pea-sized parathyroid glands are located behind the thyroid gland, and help regulate calcium levels within the body.
Hyperparathyroidism can occur when a benign tumour called an ‘adenoma’ forms on one of the small parathyroid glands. This makes the gland grow and causes it to become overactive and produce excess amounts of the parathyroid hormone (PTH). Excessive amounts of PTH leach calcium from the bones into the bloodstream.
- Bone pain
- Brittle or fragile bones (multiple bone fractures)
- Kidney stones
Treatment of hyperparathyroidism usually involves a keyhole surgery to remove the overactive gland. This stops the overproduction of hormones and restores the body back to natural balance. This procedure is normally conducted using minimally invasive techniques and includes the following:
- 0 – 1% risk of bleeding & infection
- 1 night stay in hospital, or day surgery in some cases
- 7 days recovery
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