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Do a physical exam and ask you about your medical history
Order imaging test such as ultrasound or parathyroid scan
Have blood tests done
Arrange to have someone drive you home from the hospital after surgery.
Avoid eating or drinking 6-8 hours before surgery.
Talk to your doctor about your medications, herbs, and dietary supplements. You may be asked to stop taking some medications up to one week before the procedure, like:
is used most often. It will block any pain and you will stay asleep through the surgery.
In some cases, local anesthesia may be used instead.
The area will be numb but you will be awake.
An incision will be made in the neck. Muscle and other tissue will be moved to locate all the glands. The abnormal gland or glands will then be cut out and removed. A drain may then be placed in the area. This will allow fluids to drain out of the area while you heal. If all four glands were removed, a part of one gland may be placed in a different area of the neck or in the forearm. The incision will be closed with stitches.
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