I have performed minimally invasive thyroid and parathyroid surgery for 13 years. I think my number exceed 3500 surgeries but lost count after a while. There are many surgeons who perform minimally invasive parathyroidectomy and thyroidectomy as well, if not better, than some who claim to be the only surgeon qualified to do so. I would be happy to talk with anyone interested, but I do not check this website often.
Jim Balserak, M.D., FACS
Southestern Surgery Associates
1951 N. Wilmot, Bldg 2
Tucson, AZ 85712
You can also find me via a google search without much difficulty
Brief description of situation
Pre-surgical condition: Hyperthyroidism/Graves. 1998 total surgical thyroidectomy and 2/4 parathyroid glands were removed.
Currently, I take double the daily recommended dose of Calcium and take Vitamin D Rocaltrol 1x week because my calcium blood levels tend to be lower than they should be. I switch off from Calcium Citrate (gel tab) to Calcium Carbonate (tablet). I understand on an empty stomach the citrate is a better choice to take.
QUESTION: Which calcium do you feel is a good choice (citrate or carbonate)? Any general suggestions about Ca or information- would be interesting.
I also start taking the calicum in the afternoon, so it does not affect the Thyroid hormone I take in the morning.
If my Ca levels get low I experience numbness in fingers, then feet then as it gets worst the numbness symptom spreads. I also have had Calcium tendonitis and had ESWL to treat/break down the calcium deposit on the surface of bone (the humerus - upper right arm near shoulder).
Can you advise as to any surgeons in New Jersey.
I prefer Middlesex/ Union Counties.
To perform removal of my thyroid. Without loss of voice?