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  • The Benefits of Local Anesthesia During Minimally Invasive Parathyroid Surgery
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Recovering From Parathyroid Surgery

Recovering From Parathyroid SurgeryParathyroid surgery is necessary to treat parathyroid dysfunction effectively. As with any surgery, there is some downtime and a recovery process involved. Here at the CENTER for Advanced Parathyroid Surgery, Dr. Babak Larian performs minimally invasive parathyroid surgery that reduces recovery time and minimizes the risks to the patient.

After Minimally Invasive Parathyroidectomy

Minimally invasive parathyroid surgery is generally performed on an outpatient basis, and although you are immediately able to move about and get active, we recommend you rest for the first 24 hours following the procedure. Dr. Larian will cover your incision with Steri-strip, a protective tape that remains on the incision for about 4 days. You may want to apply ice to the incision area for the first 24 hours after surgery to minimize swelling and discomfort.

Patients can shower normally the day after surgery, but it is important not to scrub or soak the incision site. Once you remove the Steri-strip, begin applying an antibiotic ointment such as Neosporin to the incision two times a day for about five days. After five days of using the antibiotic ointment, Dr. Larian recommends applying Vitamin E ointment twice a day and sunscreen every morning for at least two months. Protecting the incision from the sun will aid in the healing process and minimize the appearance of the scar.

Patients generally experience some bruising near the incision and on the upper chest, and it is common for mild swelling to last for several weeks following surgery. Most patients are able to control the pain after surgery with Tylenol, but a prescription painkiller can be given if necessary. The doctor will give you detailed instructions on when to resume activities, but most patients are able to resume physical activity and exercise about two weeks after surgery.

Hypocalcemia After Parathyroid Surgery

All patients who undergo parathyroidectomy generally experience hypocalcemia, or low blood calcium, after surgery. This occurs because the remaining parathyroid glands that hadn’t been doing any work don’t function properly right away. Symptoms of hypocalcemia generally appear within 24 to 48 hours of surgery and can include:

  • Tingling/numbness in hands, feet, and lips
  • “Crawling” sensation on skin
  • Severe headache
  • Muscle cramping

The surgeon will try to prevent hypocalcemia by determining exactly how much calcium and Vitamin D you will need to take following surgery. Dr. Larian will carefully explain pre-op and post-op instructions regarding the prevention and treatment of hypocalcemia during your consultation. 

Contact the CENTER for a Parathyroid Surgery Consultation

If you have been diagnosed with a parathyroid condition and are preparing to undergo parathyroid surgery, be sure to choose a highly experienced parathyroid surgeon. Dr. Babak Larian is among the best in the field of parathyroid surgery and provides his patients with the highest level of care. Call the CENTER for Advanced Parathyroid Surgery at 310.933.4210 today to schedule a consultation. 

To learn more about parathyroid surgery recovery, contact our office

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Chief of Head & Neck Surgery at Cedars-Sinai

Assistant Clinical Professor of Surgery at UCLA

By Babak Larian, MD FACS   Privacy Notice © 2013 Babak Larian, MD FACS. All Rights Reserved.    

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