Why is it important to have an expert perform parathyroid surgery?

It’s important to have an expert in the field as parathyroid surgery is complex:

  • The parathyroid glands can be hard to find during the surgery 
  • Healthy parathyroid glands may be confused with diseased glands, resulting in their unnecessary removal, which has long term health implications.

Board certified by the American Board of Otolaryngology, Kathleen O. Stickney, MD, has been in practice for over 20 years and these procedures are a regular part of her practice. Expertise in hyperparathyroidism is developed and maintained by constantly doing the procedure. Because hyperparathyroidism is a rare condition, many surgeons do not have the opportunity to develop this expertise.

Traveling to Seattle from outside Washington to consult with Dr. Stickney and have this procedure done may be easier than you think. While parathyroid surgery is an outpatient procedure, you may be more comfortable spending the night in the Seattle area. For information on close, comfortable accommodations, please feel free to call our office at 206-860-2346 or see our list of patient accommodations for out-of-town guests.