What are Parathyroid Glands?

The four parathyroid glands in your neck are amazing little regulators. With a little help from vitamin D, they draw more calcium into your bloodstream when you need it. And they let it go back into your bones or out through your kidneys when you have too much. It’s a very specific job, but one that affects everything from your blood pressure and bone health to your energy level and mood.

Sometimes, however, one or more of the parathyroid glands becomes overactive. It releases too much parathyroid hormone (PTH) into your bloodstream. The excess PTH draws more calcium into the blood than you need, more calcium than is healthy for your body. This condition is called hyperparathyroidism, and it can lead to everything from chronic fatigue and depression to high blood pressure, kidney stones, bone loss, and even more serious health risks.

The symptoms of hyperparathyroidism can be subtle, and they sometimes take a long time to show up. Fortunately, today we can detect hyperparathyroidism much earlier. The first sign that something is wrong is usually a routine blood test that reveals a high calcium level. When your blood work shows a high calcium level, we do a follow-up test of your PTH level. If your PTH level is also high, you almost certainly have hyperparathyroidism.

If you are diagnosed with hyperparathyroidism, there’s a sure and simple cure. With minimally invasive outpatient surgery  — one precise and tiny little incision — we can remove the overactive parathyroid gland, leaving behind the three healthy remaining glands.
The cure is almost always immediate.

Dr. John S. Kennedy

“I love this work. It’s like a treasure hunt every day, and when I find the treasure, the patient is cured.”

Dr. John S. Kennedy

Meet Dr. John S. Kennedy

Dr. John S. Kennedy of DeKalb Surgical Associates is one of the nation’s leading experts in parathyroid surgery to cure hyperparathyroidism. A past president of the Georgia Surgical Society, he has repeatedly been recognized as a Top Doctor by U.S. News and World Report. Whether you live in the Atlanta, Georgia area or are traveling to us for the procedure, you will be in the skilled hands of a surgeon who has removed hundreds of unhealthy parathyroids using the latest techniques. 97% of his patients are immediately cured of hyperparathyroidism, and all their related symptoms and health risks soon go away.