Open Wide! We Are Removing Your Parathyroid Tumor Through Your Mouth

Open Wide! We Are Removing Your Parathyroid Tumor Through Your Mouth

Open Wide! We Are Removing Your Parathyroid Tumor Through Your Mouth

Open Wide! We Are Removing Your Parathyroid Tumor Through Your Mouth

Prevents a visible scar

The standard thyroid operation has long been performed through a two-inch or longer opening in the neck, known as a transverse-collar incision. This leaves a permanent, obvious scar. The new trans-oral approach, developed by a surgeon in Bangkok, Thailand, was designed to hide the scar. Instead, surgeons make the incision inside the mouth, at the crease between the gums and the lower lip.

Look Mom No Scar!

Comment: This is a new procedure and patients should consider the fact that the tried and true surgical methods for parathyroid surgery leave a small scars and have  surgeons doing them for many years including centers doing only parathyroid surgery. New is good but wait until more data about the success rate and complications before heading for open mouth parathyroid surgery.

Richard Guttler MD,FACE,ECNU

US image of a parathyroid adenoma

 

 

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