Cold and Flu Season Can Be a Monster

Flu & Cold Season Can Be A Monster

Flu is prevalent in our community right now. Visit our Flu Resource Center to learn about flu prevention, signs and symptoms, and help us protect our patients, families and staff from RSV and the flu by following these visitation restrictions.

  • No visitors under the age of 12 are allowed in patient care areas.
  • Please do not visit patients if you are experiencing fever, vomiting, diarrhea or cold or flu-like symptoms.

What to Expect from Parathyroidectomy

Prior to Surgery

  • You may be asked to stop taking aspirin, ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin), naproxen (Aleve, Naprosyn), clopidogrel (Plavix), warfarin (Coumadin) and other blood thinners.
  • Ask your doctor which drugs you should take on the day of the surgery.
  • Discuss any possible bleeding disorders or other medical conditions that you may have.
  • Let your doctor know if you have a cold, flu fever, herpes breakout or other illness prior to surgery. This may require that your reschedule your procedure.
  • Do not smoke. This will help you recover quicker.

On the Day of the Surgery

  • You will usually be asked not to drink or eat anything after midnight the night before the surgery.
  • Take the drugs your doctor told you to take with a small sip of water.
  • Arrive at the hospital at the given time.

After Surgery

You will most likely be able to go home the same day.

  • Since you had a local anesthesia, your pain will be minimal and probably relieved by taking an over-the-counter medication, such as Tylenol.
  • You can shower, but do not take a bath or soak the incision for the first seven days following surgery.
  • Remove the tape after four days and apply an antibiotic cream or ointment to help with healing.

Recovery: what to expect in the next few weeks

Most patients are fully recovered within the first week, but will need to limit water-based sports and activities until the wound has healed.


Parathyroidectomy Q&A

What does the procedure involve?

Under light anesthesia – sometimes a local numbing medication and a relaxant - the surgeon makes a very tiny incision at the site of the diseased parathyroid gland. The gland is removed, and the site is closed using absorbable stitches. It is covered with a steri-strip (surgical tape that protects the site).The procedure is quick, taking about 20 to 30 minutes.

How many incisions are made?

One tiny incision that is about 2/3 of an inch is made at the site of the diseased gland.

How long do I stay in the hospital?

You will most likely go home within a few hours of the surgery.

What is the recovery time?

Most patients are fully recovered within a week. You will need to keep the surgery site dry, so no water-based sports will be allowed for about a month.