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What kind of complications from parathyroid surgery has anyone had? How about nerve damage to the vocal cords? My husband is looking at surgery and makes his living singing. this is his worst fear. Also, has anyone waited for several months after finding out surgery is needed? We are in Oklahoma and our insurance won't cover if we go out of network. He will be on medicare in Jan 2015 and could go out of state more easily for the surgery Then. 

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This list is not meant to be inclusive of every possible complication. They are listed here for your information only, not to frighten you, but to make you aware and more knowledgeable concerning parathyroidectomy.

  • This list is not meant to be inclusive of every possible complication. They are listed here for your information only, not to frighten you, but to make you aware and more knowledgeable concerning parathyroidectomy.
  • Damage to the recurrent laryngeal nerve with resultant weakness or paralysis of the vocal cord or cords
  • Bleeding or hematoma
  • Damage to the remaining parathyroid glands with resultant problems in maintaining calcium levels in the blood
  • Need for further and more aggressive surgery
  • Need for a limited or total thyroidectomy
  • Prolonged pain, impaired healing, need for prolonged hospitalization, permanent numbness of the neck skin, poor cosmetic result, and/or scar formation.
  • Recurrence of the tumor or failure to cure the tumor despite effective therapy.
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