Babak Larian, MD, FACS, is known around the world for his parathyroid expertise and frequently has patients fly in from out of town for consultations and surgery at the CENTER for Advanced Parathyroid Surgery.
For patients needing surgery on their parathyroid glands in the past, there was one dominant surgical procedure: the standard parathyroid surgery. There are several drawbacks to this standard approach to parathyroid surgery and, thankfully, Dr. Larian has pioneered an innovative and minimally invasive technique in order to treat patients who need parathyroid surgery.
What is the Parathyroid Gland?
The parathyroid glands are responsible for monitoring the level of calcium in the body by producing the parathyroid hormone. Hyperparathyroidism occurs when a parathyroid gland becomes abnormal and overproduces parathyroid hormone. This causes calcium levels to go unchecked and when the calcium level in the body is too high, it can take a physical toll and cause serious side effects. Most cases of hyperparathyroidism are caused by a benign tumor that is causing one or more of the parathyroid glands to become abnormal. The best treatment for hyperparathyroidism is to surgically remove the tumor, as it will not go away on its own and symptoms will persist until it is removed.
Standard Parathyroid Surgery
Traditionally, standard parathyroid surgery included making a large incision in the lower neck. The surgeon would then locate and assess all four parathyroid glands to find the one that was affected. This large incision resulted in a long recovery time and large scar. The entire surgery took 2-4 hours and some patients were required to be hospitalized up to 48 hours after surgery. This standard operation also posed a higher risk of complications due to the intricate and important structures in the neck area. At the CENTER for Advanced Parathyroid Surgery, Dr. Larian no longer uses this operation as the standard for parathyroid surgery and instead uses a minimally invasive approach.
Minimally Invasive Parathyroidectomy
At the CENTER for Advanced Parathyroid Surgery, Dr. Larian utilizes an innovative surgical technique called a minimally invasive parathyroidectomy. As technology has advanced, there is often no need to perform standard parathyroid surgery. The minimally invasive parathyroidectomy is inherently less risky than the standard parathyroid gland surgery because it is performed on a smaller area of the neck. Dr. Larian is now able to effectively locate the abnormal parathyroid gland prior to surgery, therefore performing surgery on a specific area of the neck instead of the entire neck.
Patients undergoing a minimally invasive parathyroidectomy are usually sent home the same day as the operation, due to the fact that minimal anesthesia is needed and the entire procedure only takes around 20 minutes. The smaller incision means that patients enjoy less pain, a less visible scar, and a higher cure rate. Dr. Larian is a pioneer of the minimally invasive parathyroidectomy and uses this procedure as the new standard in parathyroid gland surgery.
Schedule a Minimally Invasive Parathyroidectomy Consultation Today!
If you are considering undergoing parathyroid surgery, contact parathyroid expert Dr. Larian to learn more about how the minimally invasive parathyroidectomy is the best treatment for parathyroid disorders. Call the CENTER for Advanced Parathyroid Surgery today at 310.933.4210!
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Chief of Head & Neck Surgery at Cedars-Sinai
Assistant Clinical Professor of Surgery at UCLA
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