Endocrine Surgery

Our surgeons treat adrenal masses and disorders, endocrine diseases of the pancreas, hyperparathyroidism, solitary thyroid nodules, and thyroid cancer. The procedures used include minimally invasive radio-guided parathyroid surgery; laparoscopic or open excision of endocrine tumors; and laparoscopic, retroperitoneal, or thoraco-abdominal adrenalectomy.

For those interested in comprehensive information on parathyroid diseases, from signs and symptoms to treatment options, visit the parathyroid glands section of the Patient Education Site of the American Association of Endocrine Surgeons.

Spotlight on Surgical Treatment for Hyperparathyroidism

Hyperparathyroidism is a disorder of the parathyroid glands in which one or more overactive parathyroid glands secretes too much parathyroid hormone (PTH)m which can cause a rise in blood calcium levels. In 80 percent of people with primary hyperparathyroidism, a benign (noncancerous) tumor has formed on one of the parathyroid glands, causing it to become overactive. In most other cases, the excess hormone comes from two or more enlarged parathyroid glands, a condition called hyperplasia. Very rarely, hyperparathyroidism is caused by cancer of a parathyroid gland.

The physicians at Emory Healthcare were the first to offer parathyroidectomies to patients in the Southeast. Now, with over 50 years of experience and having completed more than 1,700 procedures, Emory leads the way in surgical therapy for hyperparathyroidism. Clinical advances along with innovations in diagnostic imaging means patients have the option of more focused procedures, which are associated with better outcomes, fewer complications, and reduced costs.

More recently, the advent of minimally invasive parathyroid surgery combined with hormone testing during surgery has improved cosmetic outcomes, reduced pain, shortened recovery time, reduced costs, and decreased risk of complications. Minimally invasive parathyroid surgery with hormone testing has an overall success rate of 97%, and at Emory, not a single patient who achieved a normal intraoperative hormone testing has experienced a failed parathyroidecotmy.

For general and GI surgery appointments and information, please call 404-778-5673, or contact Emory HealthConnectionSM at 404-778-7777 or 1-800-75-EMORY.