When thyroid or parathyroid surgery is recommended, the specialized surgeons at Franciscan Health have a variety of minimally invasive options to promote healing, reduce pain and improve outcomes.
The thyroid and parathyroid glands are part of the body's endocrine system. The thyroid helps regulate metabolism, while the parathyroid - which are located behind the thyroid gland in the neck - helps your body control calcium levels in the blood.
Your doctor may recommend surgery due to:
Minimally invasive surgery of the thyroid and parathyroid glands is a relatively safe procedure in the hands of a skilled surgeon. At Franciscan Health, our surgeons use real-time Nerve Integrity Monitoring during thyroid and parathyroid operations to help reduce the risk of damaging nearby nerves. A complement to the surgery, Nerve Integrity Monitoring gives your surgeon a unique set of tools to identify hard to locate nerves, trace and confirm the nerve path and monitor nerve function in real-time to help preserve nerve function and improve patient safety.
The specific type of surgery depends on where the diseased glands are.
Types of surgery include: