Surgery of the thyroid and parathyroid glands the field of thyroid and parathyroid surgery has recently undergone significant changes thyroid cancer incidence has increased dramatically over the last several decades technologic advances have been achieved in molecular analysis of patients and the american thyroid association has published . History evolution and classification of thyroid and parathyroid surgery applied embryology of the thyroid and parathyroid glands understanding thyroid physiology and thyroid function tests. Learn about your thyroid surgery options including a the relationship of the thyroid gland to the voice box and parathyroid glands in the image at right . Parathyroid glands are glands that rest in the neck near the thyroid but despite the similarity in names they perform different functions there are four tiny parathyroid glands that rest near the thyroid. Your thyroid gland is other endocrine glands include the pituitary adrenal and parathyroid glands if you have specific questions about thyroid surgery
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