Patients may find out that they are suffering from hyperparathyroidism after they’re diagnosed with osteoporosis.
Beverly Hills, CA (PRWEB) March 25, 2014
Director of the CENTER for Advanced Parathyroid Surgery in Beverly Hills, Dr. Babak Larian, today responded to new research about bone health. Parathyroid hormone levels influence bone health and ways they contribute to bone conditions, such as osteoporosis. Hyperparathyroidism is often misdiagnosed because its symptoms may be attributed to other ailments; and one of the devastating consequences of late diagnosis is bone weakness and fractures.
“Patients may find out that they are suffering from hyperparathyroidism after they’re diagnosed with osteoporosis,” Dr. Larian said. “If a patient has experienced a loss of bone mass, and has elevated calcium levels, there is likely an overproduction of parathyroid hormone, as well.”
Calcium is an integral part of the skeletal system. Bones are made up of calcium, and they also serve as a storage area for calcium in the body. In a patient with hyperparathyroidism, the calcium levels are high in the blood stream since an abnormal parathyroid gland prevents the appropriate monitoring of calcium.
“Since parathyroid hormone enables the release of calcium from the bones into the bloodstream, an overproduction of parathyroid hormone causes bones to constantly get rid of much needed calcium even though they need it to stay healthy,” Dr. Larian explained.
The loss of calcium over time means that hyperparathyroidism can lead to osteoporosis, resulting in bone density loss and weakness. People with osteoporosis experience aching in their bones are more likely to fracture or break their bones due to their fragility, so the proper treatment of hyperparathyroidism is crucial.
“Surgery to remove an abnormal parathyroid gland is a swift and effective procedure that has immediate results,” Dr. Larian stated. “With advancements, such as minimally invasive parathyroidectomy, the surgery only takes about 20 minutes and calcium levels return back to normal within hours. Since Micro-parathyroidectomy uses only a small incision, there is less pain, scarring, and recovery time than other procedures. Patients can recover in as little as 2-4 days and truly see a difference in their lives after parathyroid surgery.”
Dr. Babak Larian, the Director of the CENTER for Advanced Parathyroid Surgery in Beverly Hills, is a highly experienced and reputable board-certified head and neck surgeon. Dr. Larian is nationally renowned for his expertise in minimally invasive surgery techniques involving parathyroid disorders and is considered a pioneer in his field. Currently, Dr. Larian holds the prestigious honor of Chief of Head & Neck Surgery at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center and Assistant Clinical Professor of Surgery at UCLA.
For additional information regarding Dr. Larian and the various services offered at the CENTER for Advanced Parathyroid surgery, please call 310-461-0300, or visit the expert parathyroid surgeon on the web.