Are you experiencing kidney stones, bone or joint pain, abdominal pain, or depression? These may be signs of too much calcium in your blood, a condition known as hypercalcemia, which is typically the result of an issue with the parathyroid glands.

Most people have four pea-sized parathyroid glands, located on the thyroid gland, which regulate the body’s use of calcium. If the glands develop growths, the distribution of calcium to other parts of the body may increase. Benign growths are called adenomas, and may be caused by genetics, menopause, radiation exposure, or an unknown factor. In rare instances, some patients develop parathyroid cancer, resulting in bone pain, kidney disease, neck masses, confusion, and hoarseness.

If a blood tests reveals high levels of calcium caused by the parathyroid hormone, you may need to visit Dr. Tomas Birriel to have the enlarged parathyroid gland removed, even if you do not have noticeable symptoms. Our surgeon can perform an ultrasound of the neck to located the enlarged gland(s) prior to surgery. After you have been made comfortable with anesthesia, Dr. Tomas Birriel will make small incisions in the neck to remove any enlarged parathyroid glands. Parathyroid hormone levels should decrease dramatically within 10 to 20 minutes after the procedure. If they do not, our surgeon may need to perform open-neck surgery to locate other adenomas.

Contact our office at 985-384-7173 today if you would like to learn more about parathyroid surgery in Morgan City, Louisiana, or schedule an appointment with our skilled general surgeon.