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How do I find/identify a super competent parathyroid surgeon?

From: Radiated2Much - 1 year 8 weeks ago

Hello, everyone. I am so glad all of you are here! It's really amazing to find a support network for such an obscure gland.

I'm going to get a second opinion about the dx'd hyperparathyroidism. First off, Day after tomorrow,I'm going to my pcp to have her explain the numbers of my blood test results.

Then in about 3 weeks, I will see a different endoctinologist. I've found tons of info her, and all over the web concerning surgery and no-surgery. It's thoroughly confusing.

But one of the most important factgors of making a decision whether to get surgery on the parathyroid/s is how to locate the best surgeon. I found out that we do not want someone who "dabbles" in this type of surgery. We want a surgeon who does and has done many,many parathyroid surgeries. So my question is I need to ask for a surgeon who does ___________________________ [number] of parathyroid surgeries per _________________[week?] or ____________________per [month]

Anyone know how to ask this question and get a competent surgeon?

And by the way, the reason this is so important, at least part of the reason/s, is that (1) the parathyroids are located behind the thyroid. The thyroid is about the size of a medium sized butterfly. Small. The parathyroids, each of the four of them, is about the size of a pea. So, the surgery is extremely delicate. Mistakes that can happen are accidental removal of the thyroid; interfering with the vocal cords so that you're hoarse for the rest of your life (no more singing for me!); and damage to the nerve/s in the neck. Other things could occur in surgery, I think.

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