If you are going to have parathyroid surgery, find a surgeon who has done a lot of them. The operation is a delicate process that involves removing a parathyroid gland that is producing too much hormone, causing problems like osteoporosis. Cure rates are high, but they can be as high as 98 percent in the hands of the most experienced surgeons.
Robert Udelsman, MD, MBA, FACS, FACE, leader of the Endocrine Cancers Program at Smilow Cancer Hospital and Yale New Haven Hospital, helped pioneer the minimally invasive approach now used at Yale Medicine and many other hospitals across the world. “If someone has parathyroid disease, we can cure them,” says Dr. Udelsman.