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Do I Really Need Parathyroid Surgery?

When a person is diagnosed with parathyroid disease, also known as hyperparathyroidism, surgical removal of the parathyroid tumor is almost entirely necessary. At the CENTER for Advanced Head & Neck Surgery in Los Angeles, world-renowned parathyroid surgeon Dr....

I Need Parathyroid Surgery—What’s Next?

At the CENTER for Advanced Parathyroid Surgery in Los Angeles, Babak Larian, MD, FACS, works to provide patients with only the best surgical treatments possible. After a person is diagnosed with a condition of the parathyroid gland and needs to undergo parathyroid...

MIP Cure Rates

Thanks to recent advancements in technology and science, the minimally invasive parathyroidectomy (MIP) has the highest cure rate of all parathyroid operations. However, keep in mind that the exact numbers depend on your surgeon and his/her experience. In fact, there...

Minimal Scarring After Parathyroid Surgery

Above all else, Dr. Larian values the bond he has with his patients. He firmly believes that there is more to it than just prescribing medications and performing surgery. In his opinion, the most important thing is to earn the trust of his patients. This allows Dr....

Understanding The Parathyroid Function

While the parathyroid glands are located right next to the familiar sounding thyroid gland, they have no related function. The thyroid gland regulates the body’s metabolism, while parathyroid glands regulate calcium levels. The sole purpose of the parathyroid...

Kidney Stones Can Be A Sign Of Parathyroid Disorder

While less than 5% of people with parathyroid disease claim they do not have symptoms and feel fine when the initial diagnosis is made, close to 100% of parathyroid patient will actually say they feel better after the parathyroid problem has been cured. This obviously...

Parathyroid Disease Related Depression

According to a recent report, older individuals with low serum vitamin D and high blood levels of parathyroid hormone may have a higher risk for depression. Researchers from VU University Medical Center and Vrije University of Amsterdam recently published a...

Parathyroid Disorder & Psychological Symptoms

The role of healthy parathyroid glands is to monitor blood calcium levels and produce parathyroid hormone, which will keep those levels stable. When calcium levels fall or increase, parathyroid hormone should signal the bones to release more, or less, calcium into the...

With Hyperparathyroidism Comes Osteoporosis

Osteoporosis is, unfortunately, very common in patients with parathyroid disease. Osteoporosis affects our bones, and is caused by a loss of calcium from the bones. Bones with osteoporosis are thin and fragile, making them much more susceptible to fractures and...

Parathyroid Q & A

Q: Where are the parathyroid glands located? A: There are four of them, and they are located at the back of the thyroid Q: What purpose do the parathyroid glands serve? A: They are responsible for the regulation of calcium in the bloodstream. They control the calcium...