The parathyroid glands are little-known glands with a big job. Responsible for regulating the amount of calcium in the blood, the four small parathyroid glands located behind the thyroid can create a host of problems when not functioning properly. There are also several myths associated with the parathyroid that Dr. Babak Larian, Director of the CENTER for Advanced Parathyroid Surgery, would like to clear up so you may better understand the role the parathyroid glands play in your overall health.
Myth #1: The Parathyroid Is Related to the Thyroid
This is a very common misconception because of the name “parathyroid.” However, parathyroid simply means next to the thyroid, and this name was ascribed to the glands based solely on their location. The thyroid and parathyroid functions are, in fact, very different. The parathyroid glands regulate the body’s blood calcium level, while the thyroid gland controls the body’s metabolic processes.
When one or more of the four small parathyroid glands is not functioning properly, the glands produce too much parathyroid hormone, and the body’s calcium is not properly controlled. This problem can cause a variety of symptoms and will lead to osteoporosis if left untreated.
Myth #2: Parathyroid Disease Can Clear Up on Its Own
There is no effective treatment for parathyroid disease other than surgery. Parathyroid disease surgery is the only way to stop the damaging effects of parathyroid disease on the body and prevent the progression of osteoporosis. There is no medication or non-surgical treatment for the condition; however, patients that do undergo parathyroid disease surgery generally experience a significant amount of relief immediately following the surgery.
Myth #3: Any Surgeon Can Perform Parathyroid Disease Surgery
Parathyroid disease surgery is an intricate procedure that is not done by every ENT surgeon. Here at the CENTER for Advanced Parathyroid Surgery in Los Angeles, Dr. Babak Larian performs more parathyroid surgeries in one week than most head and neck surgeons perform all year. A parathyroid specialist, Dr. Larian is known for minimally invasive parathyroidectomy.
The minimally invasive parathyroidectomy procedure involves extensive pre-operative imaging to locate the dysfunctional gland(s). Dr. Larian then makes a tiny incision at the base of the neck through which he removes the parathyroid gland(s). By using a smaller incision than the traditional parathyroidectomy, Dr. Larian reduces the risk to the patient and minimizes the recovery time by focusing in on only the abnormal gland and not touching or disturbing the normal ones.
Call Dr. Larian For More Information on the Parathyroid Glands
If you are living with a parathyroid condition, it is important to seek expert treatment right away to prevent further health complications and stop the progression of osteoporosis. Dr. Larian would love to meet with you to discuss your condition and determine if you are a candidate for parathyroid disease surgery. Contact the CENTER for Advanced Parathyroid Surgery at 310.933.4210 today to schedule a consultation with the best parathyroid surgeon in America!
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Chief of Head & Neck Surgery at Cedars-Sinai
Assistant Clinical Professor of Surgery at UCLA
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