Parathyroid Implant into Arm?

Has anyone had the parathyroid implanted into their arm? My surgeon told me yesterday that it's an option if she can't separate it from the thyroid. Sounds like a wonderful idea if it means thats it works.

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I've heard of them putting it in your arm. my surgeon implanted mine in my neck muscle.....having minor calcium issues...but it's only been 16 days. I'm still on 1250 mg of calcium 3 times a day...plus calcitriol and vitamin D.

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Would someone please explain what you are talking about. Thought that I was up on everything, but see that I am not.

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I would like to know more about this also could you please share with us? I know you are having surgery soon and also want to wish you well

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I had a parathyroid implanted in my neck when I had TT 1 1/2 years ago and it is functioning. I'm only taking calcium and D now for bone health. I had read about the procedure prior to surgery, so I asked my surgeon about it because some surgeons apparently don't know to reimplant it.

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I had mine implanted in my thigh... Calcium levels are good,,,, only take calcium with my usual vitamin.

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"The sole purpose of the parathyroid glands is to control calcium within the blood in a very tight range between 9.0 and 10.1 . In doing so, parathyroids also control how much calcium is in the bones, and therefore, how strong and dense the bones are. Although the parathyroid glands are located next to (and sometimes inside) the thyroid gland, they have no related function."

We have two on each side and they are small. Sometimes the surgeon can leave them in place and just remove the thyroid. It seems that if they can't separate the parathyroid from the thyroid then they cut them out and implant them into muscle in the forearm......or other parts of the body. They then do their job of controlling calcium. It seems to be a much better way than taking medication.

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Thanks for the well wishes.

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Never heard of this..very interesting...Mine was implanted in my neck.

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i just had mine implanted into my neck two days ago. I read that where ever they are implanted they take root and start working. The key is to have a dr that is a specialist and knows what they are doing so as not to nick or damage the parathyroids while removing the thyroid.

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There are four parathyroids in or near the thyroid. They are each the size of a grain of rice. They can be accidentally removed during surgery. You only need one to live, but having all four is best. A so-so surgeon might say "oh, I only removed one" and toss it. A good surgeon will pick through your thyroid and find it, mince it and reinstall it into the muscle wall in your neck where it will begin to work again. I've not heard of putting it into the arm, but I guess that could be done later if the parathyroid is found after your neck is sewn up.
I had low calcium for a couple of weeks after surgery and all has been fine since then...I had one minced and re-installed into the neck muscle.
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Thanks Daria for the history on parathyroid placement. Did not know. One of mine was removed during surgery. I guess he just did not feel like replacing it back into wherever. I take 1,000 mg Calcium, and 1,000 mg magnesium daily. I used to take this anyway before TT. You really had an excellent surgeon. I thought that mine was good also, compared to some of the stories that I am hearing.

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