A subtotal parathyroidectomy is a phrase that describes one of the types of surgeries than can be performed to treat hyperparathyroidism. Hyperparathyroidism is a disease where the parathyroid glands are making too much of a specific hormone, called PTH. The gold standard for treating most cases of hyperparathyroidism is surgery, but there are many different surgical strategies out there.
Most people don’t know what a parathyroid gland is before they or a loved one gets diagnosed with hyperparathyroidism. Many people have a tough time getting the information they need to understand their disease, much less an operation they’ve never heard of before. So when they are told the surgical plan is a subtotal parathyroidectomy, it is inevitable that they will have questions.
One of those questions: Why is a person’s specific anatomy so important? Watch this video to find out.