Hyperparathyroidism, High Calcium, Parathyroid Glands,
Surgery Explained Through Teaching Videos
Hyperparathyroidism and parathyroid surgery are explained through
teaching videos. Some people like to learn through videos, so here
you go. Parathyroid problems will be easy to understand and you will
know more about parathyroid problems than most doctors if you watch
at least half of these. The parathyroid videos are arranged in the
order that most people should watch them, however, feel free to skip
around. All of these parathyroid videos are available in HD.
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What are parathyroid glands?
How do parathyroid glands control calcium?
This is the best starting point to learn what parathyroid glands
are and how they control the calcium in our blood (and throughout
our bodies). This is basic information that everybody with a
parathyroid problem should understand. A very easy video to watch
and learn from. After you watch this...watch the animation video and
the operation video. Click on the "Share" button at
the top right of this video to share this with your friends on
Facebook. Many women are suffering from this disease while their
doctor ignores their high blood calcium. Time: 5:29
What is Hyperparathyroidism?
Hyperparathyroidism is a disease of
the parathyroid glands caused by one or more of your
parathyroid glands developing a tumor. If you have
recently been told that you have a parathyroid problem this video is
for you. This is one of our most popular and highest rated videos. You will learn that
you have 4 parathyroid glands and when one develops a tumor
the calcium system in your body goes crazy causing lots of troubles. Time: 6:43
What is calcium?
Why is calcium so important?
This is an important parathyroid video that
everybody should watch. We use calcium as the electrical system of
our bodies to control many different things, like the conduction of
nerve impulses down the length of nerves, and to make muscles
contract. Our bodies were designed to have the electrical system
controlled in a very tight "normal range". Thus, calcium
is the most highly regulated element in our bodies--it is the only
one with it's own regulatory system (the parathyroid glands). Time: 4:56
State of the art mini-parathyroid surgery.
This is the most important video on parathyroid
surgery. The most
experienced parathyroid surgeons in the world walk you through a
complete parathyroid operation in less than 13 minutes. There is
zero blood. This is a very highly rated video. Parathyroid.com has an entire page of this website
dedicated to this one video. We prefer you watch this video from the
other page so you can learn more about the operation. Click
Here. Time: 13:38
We worked for 6 months on this video... so watch it!
High-quality animation explains how a parathyroid gland grows into a tumor, making too much parathyroid hormone
which causes calcium to be removed from the bones. Watch the calcium cause kidney stones, breast cancer, fatigue, and heart problems.
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"share" button on the top right corner of the video--lots of ladies have bad osteoporosis and are missing out on the joys of life because
of their parathyroid tumor! Spread the word! Time: 5:06
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"Share" this important video with the women in your life.
Where are parathyroid glands located?
Why can parathyroid surgery be so difficult?
Parathyroid glands can be located in a large area in the neck
(and even in the chest). This parathyroid video explains where
parathyroid glands are located and why surgeons often have a hard time finding parathyroid
tumors. This is why everybody will
tell you to find the most experienced parathyroid surgeon so you have the highest chance of having just one operation to remove the parathyroid tumor, and not a 6 hour
"exploratory" operation. Time: 6:09
The negative sestamibi scan.
What does this mean? What should I do?
Virtually everybody with a parathyroid problem will get a
sestamibi scan. The sestamibi scan is just
a test, and it is NOT a good test. Scans are wrong more often then
they are right. We see cases like this every day--the scan was
negative so the high calcium was just "watched" for a few
years until complications occurred. Far too much emphasis is placed on these scans.
Do not let a
"negative" scan make you "watch" the problem for
a while. That could be a life-threatening decision. Just ask Joe! Time: 3:34
Sestamibi scan basics.
How to interpret your own scan.
Sestamibi scans are emphasized far too much. They
are usually wrong. However, everybody gets one, so let's be smart
about it and understand what is going on. If used correctly, there
is a tremendous amount of information to be learned. Unfortunately
everybody just wants to use the scan to find the parathyroid tumor
and the scans are very bad at doing this. Lets start with the
basics--how to see if you have a good scan. Time: 5:43
Three most common questions.
On this parathyroid video Dr Norman discusses the three most
common questions patients ask on their day of surgery: 1) Am I going
to get another parathyroid tumor--the answer is NO--not if all four
of your parathyroid glands are examined... the answer is 15% yes if
only one parathyroid gland is examined at surgery--so make sure your
surgeon looks at all of your parathyroid glands. 2) Should I take Fosamax,
Actonel, Boniva, or Reclast after the operation? 3) Are my
kids going to get parathyroid problems? Time: 5:26
Pre-Op chat with Dr Norman.
Listen in as Dr Norman has a chat with one of his patients in the
Parathyroid Center at Tampa General Hospital. He discusses cure
rates (near 100%), complication rates (near zero), and the fact that
nearly all of our patients have all four parathyroid glands examined
and their hormone production measured. He discusses the information
that your doctors will be sent (photos, hormone levels, letters,
etc). Time: 2:55
Low vitamin D in your blood
cannot cause a high calcium!
Almost all patients with a parathyroid tumor will have low
vitamin D. This is protective. If your calcium is high, then you can
expect your vitamin D to be low. The high calcium is caused by a
parathyroid tumor. A low vitamin D cannot cause the calcium to go
high. If your doctor says you have "Secondary
Hyperparathyroidism" because you have a low vitamin D and wants
you to take high doses of vitamin D, then this video is for you (and
your doctor). This is a lecture Dr Norman gave to the national
meeting of endocrinologists. Advanced but good. Turn up
volume. Time: 10:03
More about sestamibi scans.
Sestamibi scans can be helpful, but usually are NOT. Most
sestamibi scans are so worthless that we stopped telling patients to
send us their scans about 8 years ago because they are wrong more
often than they are right. Even when they are correct and show the
parathyroid tumor you can still have a second tumor 15-20% of the
time (shown nicely in the surgery video above). DO NOT EMPHASIZE THE
RESULTS OF THIS SCAN. Sestamibi scans hurt far more people than
they help! Your scan is likely to be wrong and cause you
problems--even if it is positive! Time: 7:02
Tour of the Parathyroid Center
at Tampa General Hospital
Join Dr Norman as he shows you how to get to the Parathyroid
Center at Tampa General Hospital where he and his partners
operate. This beautiful new facility is part of a huge hospital
complex, so watch this video before you come so you don't get lost!
This is a very popular video and everybody that comes for surgery
with us is very gland they saw this video. Time: 9:14
Technical look at lab values on 10,000
patients with hyperparathyroidism (Part 1)
This is a lecture that Dr Norman gave to the American Society of
Endocrinologists in 2010 at their annual convention. There is a LOT
of information here, some of it more technical than the basic videos
above. If you are really interested in parathyroid issues, then this
is for you but don't let this be the first video you watch. It is
more advanced. These graphs can be found on our Advanced
Diagnosis Page.Time: 13:30
Technical look at lab values on 10,000
patients with hyperparathyroidism (Part 2)
This is the second part of the lecture above. This one looks at
PTH levels and vitamin D levels, putting the entire picture
together. Watch Part 1 (above) first. Time: 13:23
NIH Criteria (Part )
Dr Doug Politz gives a lecture to the American Association of
Endocrinologists in 2010 about the "Criteria" for sending
hyperparathyroidism patients for surgery. This is the so-called
"NIH Criteria" which some endocrinologists who don't know
much about parathyroid disease will use as a "guideline".
We see patients from over 750 different endocrinologists every year
and we can tell you that none of the good ones believe this crap. If your doctor says that you should wait until calcium
levels get above 11.5, or that surgery isn't needed because
you're over 50 year old, or that you don't need the
tumor removed because the calcium in your urine is not very high...
then this video is for you. Time: 9:40
NIH Criteria (Part 2)
The second part of Dr Doug Politz's lecture to the American
Association of Endocrinologists in 2010 about the NIH Criteria and
how dumb this is. If your doctor says that you should wait until
your calcium level gets to some magic number, or that you can wait
until you get osteoporosis or kidney stones then this video is for
you. This is the second part of Dr Politz' lecture--watch the other
one (above) first. Time: 10:04
--Another Surgery Video--
The ORIGINAL MIRP Mini-Parathyroid Operation
This is the original MIRP mini-parathyroid operation video that Dr
Norman performed live on the internet and on TV in June, 2005. It
was shown on the Today Show with Katie Couric. There are some things
in this video that are a bit out-dated (like the fact that we almost
always look at all four parathyroid glands now--we didn't know
better in 2005! That was more than 12,000 operations ago!).
However, most of the movie is extremely good, and you can see more
of the actual operation than you can in our new video. The first 15
minutes is a good lecture by Dr Norman. Time: 1 hour.
Scheduling your operation at the
Norman Parathyroid Center
Michelle and Kelly talk about how to schedule your operation, who
will call you, when they will call you, and other important tid-bits
if you are going to have your operation with us. Time: 3:46
How to become a patient of the
Norman Parathyroid Center
This short video tells how to go through the process of having
one of our experts review your case to determine if you have
hyperparathyroidism and need an operation to address it. We have a
page on the website that gives you the step by step process.
Note that a little of this video is dated, since we operate on
several thousand patients per year, we obviously can compare you to
many more thousands of patients than the 13,000 or so stated in this
old video. There is still some good information here. Time:
There are three causes of "secondary
hyperparathyroidism". Renal failure (on dialysis),
gastric bypass surgery, and Celiac disease. Very few patients
should see this video. This is NOT for patients with high calcium!
This is not a video for everybody to watch. "Hyperplasia"
the enlargement of all four parathyroid glands is RARE.
is an educational service of the Norman Parathyroid Center,
the world's leading
parathyroid treatment center performing about 2600
parathyroid operations annually.
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