The Norman Parathyroid
Center is located in Tampa, Florida where
hyperparathyroidism is the only disease we treat. We
perform approximately 2,600 parathyroid operations annually (about
55 per week) with a cure
rate over 99% via an operation that typically lasts between 14 and
20 minutes (18 minutes average) to evaluate all four
parathyroid glands. Virtually 100% of our patients go home within 2 hours
of their parathyroid surgery. We strive to treat every patient like a family member and
provide the most informative and timely feedback to referring
doctors. We are the only doctors in the
world that treat parathyroid disease exclusively. Parathyroid surgery -- specifically MINI-parathyroid surgery is
all we do--and we do this same mini-operation on everybody, even
those with negative scans--because we evaluate all four glands in
The Norman Parathyroid Center employs the most
advanced surgical techniques used anywhere--many of which have
been developed here. We have performed
more parathyroid operations than any institution world wide,
currently about 20 times more than any other hospital or
university on an
annual basis. We perform approximately 11% of all parathyroid operations
performed in the US each year and have a referring network of
over 1400 endocrinologists from all 50 states.
We operate out of the Parathyroid
Center at Tampa General Hospital, a beautiful new facility
built in 2009 for our practice. The Parathyroid Center
is a self-contained, advanced surgical center on the top floor of one of
America's largest hospitals. We have been awarded the "Best
Hospitals in America" by US News and World Reports in
"Endocrinology" and "Head and Neck Surgery"
for the past 8 years, recognizing our expertise in the field of
parathyroid surgery. US News also ranks our surgeons within the
top 1% of all surgeons in the US. Our hospital was chosen as the
#1 hospital in Florida for 2012-13. Within the Parathyroid Center we have our own
operating rooms which are used for parathyroid surgery only. The
staff of the Parathyroid Center is dedicated to our patients only,
thus each staff member has taken care of thousands of patients
with hyperparathyroidism. The Parathyroid Center is so nice, our
patients call it the "Parathyroid Palace".
can expect one visit to our center for about 4 hours where every
aspect of their disease is addressed... from meeting expert
surgeons, to getting scans and having the operation. One four hour
visit and this problem is gone. Become
The average US surgeon performs only a few parathyroid operations every year.
Even most "expert endocrine surgeons" perform about 25
parathyroid operations per year1. Many
"experts" only want to remove the ONE tumor they see on the scan
and quit the operation--this is cheating; don't let your surgeon cheat
you. You should demand an operation that evaluates all four parathyroid
Parathyroid Center performs parathyroid operations exclusively--an average
of 10 - 13 parathyroid surgeries per day (average 56 per
week)--far more than any other surgeon, hospital,
or clinic in the world (see
Medicare statistics). We consult on over 3500 patients with high calcium annually and
have learned a lot from this experience. We maintain the world's largest
database of parathyroid patients, allowing us to compare even the most
uncommon presentation of parathyroid disease to many just like it that we
have seen previously. The reason
for this very high degree of specialization is that Dr Norman was the
developer of minimally invasive parathyroid surgery in the mid
1990's, and since that time patients with hyperparathyroidism come from
all over the US, and 40+ foreign countries from around the world to have
our surgeons perform their parathyroid surgery. See
our MAP of where all our
patients come from. Some are probably your neighbors! If you think the
best surgeons are in Boston, or New York, then read our testimonial
page and see why the surgeons and operating room nurses at Harvard,
Hopkins, Penn, Yale, Columbia, Mayo, Memorial Sloan Kettering, and many
other revered hospitals came to Tampa when they needed a parathyroid
operation themselves. We operate on an average of 6 doctors per week.
They come here because we examine all four parathyroid glands
during all of our operations--we don't cheat you by only removing the one
tumor that shows on a scan (if if shows on a scan!).
Drs Norman, Politz, Lopez, and Boone work closely
with what is unquestionably the world's best nuclear radiology team, performing
nearly 30-times more
hyperparathyroid Sestamibi scans than any other institution world-wide (and
developing many of the techniques used for this study). Our scans take
only 15 or 20 minutes. This level of
volume and dedication to parathyroid disease has made the treatment of
hyperparathyroidism a highly specialized
field. Our expertise has made parathyroid surgery a very straightforward,
routine outpatient procedure that usually takes about 18 minutes (total
time on average) to evaluate all four parathyroid glands, remove the tumor, measure
the amount of hormone being produced by each gland, and close the incision
using plastic surgery techniques. "Build
a better mousetrap and the world will beat a path to your door".
This is clearly what has happened to our practice. Nobody can do what we
have a video of Dr Norman performing
a 4-gland, mini-parathyroid operation in 12 minutes, removing two
parathyroid tumors. The patient went home 45 minutes later. After you
watch this, you can see why our surgeons have been awarded virtually
every honor possible for doctors and surgeons. Even US News and World
Reports magazine has ranked our surgeons in the top 1% of all surgeons
in the US, with HealthGrades ranking us in the top 1% in customer
satisfaction 9 years in a row. We take pride in treating every patient like they are our
most important patient.
You Can Have Drs Norman, Politz, Lopez,
and Boone Perform Your Parathyroid Surgery
Parathyroid surgery is very delicate surgery and the outcomes (cure rate
and complication rate) are directly correlated with your surgeon's
experience. Our surgeons do not perform breast biopsies, gallbladder
removals, hernia repairs, or perform abdominal surgery. Heck, we won't
even see patients with thyroid disease unless they also have a parathyroid
surgery is the only operation we do. And, about 18% of the surgeries we do
are on people who have already had an unsuccessful parathyroid operation by a surgeon
with little experience (we do between 2 and 5 re-operations every day). Click Here to read more about
how to become our patient, and read our statistics for our past 23,000
parathyroid patients (cure rate over 99%,
average operating time about 19 minutes, essentially 100% go home between 1 and 2.5 hours,
1 inch incision, etc.). We fail to cure about 1 in every 200
patients with their first mini-operation. Of the few patients that we don't cure at the time of their first quick
operation, we have cured all but a handful of them with a second mini operation.
Thus, for our last 22,000+ patients, we have an overall cure
rate of 99.6%. We are in-network and preferred providers for:
Medicare, Cigna, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Humana, Aetna, United Healthcare
(through multiplan) and lots of others.
We look at all four parathyroid glands--this is much harder to do which
is why most surgeons won't do it. (watch
the video--it takes 13 minutes to look at all four glands and remove
two tumors). About 30% of people will have more than one bad gland, and
the only way to know if it is you... is to have all four parathyroid
glands examined. You should demand this of your surgeon. Of course, most
will not (it is hard to do) but this is why we do more parathyroid
operations than the top 10 universities combined, and why people from all
over the world come here. If you don't come here, please, pick the most
experienced surgeon in the world. Read
Read what our patients from all over the world say about their parathyroid surgery experience at the Norman Parathyroid
Center: Click Here.
See a map of where our patients come from: Click
track all hyperparathyroidism patients for
several years following their parathyroid surgery. All laboratory data and
surgical findings from our patients are entered into a large
database maintained by a full time data entry employee. This is by far the
largest database of parathyroid patients in the world. Thus we can use the
information gained from many thousands of previous parathyroid patients as
a comparison tool for all new patients. This allows us to predict who
needs surgery and who is most likely to benefit from surgery. It helps us
predict who will have one bad parathyroid gland and who may have more than
one. This type of information helps the surgeons perform quick operations
that have an extremely high cure rate. It also helps us avoid operating on
people who don't need an operation! We take pride in
publishing our parathyroid procedures and surgical results in some of the
worlds most highly regarded medical publications. We publish major
articles on hyperparathyroidism and the treatment of parathyroid disease
every few months.
Norman Parathyroid Center
2400 Cypress Glen Drive
Wesley Chapel, FL 33544
Remember, the operations are performed at the brand new
Parathyroid Center @ Tampa General
Hospital not at our office. Out of town patients do not come
to the office, but meet the doctors on our dedicated floor
of the hospital.
information on the best way to contact us about having TWO of our
expert surgeons take care of your hyperparathyroidism, see our page that outlines
the different ways to phone / fax / email our
staff, or submit a patient profile online--CLICK HERE. You read that
correctly, our surgeons operate in pairs so you get two of the 4 most
experienced parathyroid surgeons taking care of you and participating in
your operation--this is another way we achieve over 99% cure rates. We do
not use surgery residents to do your operation.
We perform all our operations at the new Parathyroid
Center @ Tampa General Hospital, a special wing of the hospital designated for parathyroid patients.
Why did we get the top floor of the new wing? Because we are doing something right!
General Hospital has been named US News and World
Reports' "America's Best Hospitals" for a number of years. In
2013 our hospital was selected in 7 different medical specialties,
including "head and neck surgery" and "endocrinology".
Of course, when they say: "head and neck surgery" and "endocrinology"
they're talking about us.
a video tour of our new Parathyroid Center and see the folks who will
take care of you.
* Footnote 1: National trends in parathyroid surgery from
1998 to 2008: a decade of change. J Am Coll Surg. 2009 Sep;209(3):332-43.
Greene AB, Butler RS, McIntyre S, Barbosa GF, Mitchell J,
Berber E, Siperstein A, Milas M.