Aim: Parathyroid surgery has undergone a paradigm shift over the last decade, with a move from traditional bilateral neck exploration to minimally invasive parathyroidectomy (MIP), and increasing reliance on pre- and intra-operative localization of overactive glands. We aimed to assess changing surgical practices and their impact on the management of parathyroid disease in a tertiary referral centre in the West of Ireland.Methods: A retrospective cohort analysis of those patients undergoing a surgical intervention for parathyroid disease in the period between 1999 and 2009 in our centre was carried out. Data was analysed using PASW (v18) software.Results: 248 procedures were performed, increasing from an annual rate of 6 in 1999 to 45 in 2009. 129 procedures were completed by minimally invasive means, following the introduction of MIP in 2003. Single-gland disease accounted for 87% of cases (n = 216) with carcinomas, in 2 patients (0.8%). Pre-operative localization had disappointing diagnostic value, with high false negative rates for both ultrasound (37.3%) and Sestamibi Scanning (35.81%). Intra-operative adjuncts were more helpful, with intra-operative Parathyroid hormone monitoring facilitating curative resection of adenomas in 94.03% at 10 mm. Median length of post-operative 'stay has significantly decreased from 6 days in 1999 to 1 night only in 2009 (p < 0.01, ANOVA). Those patients undergoing MIP had shorter stay than the open group (1.71 days -v-4.73, p = 0.003,t-test).Conclusion: The practice in our centre has shifted to a less invasive approach. Increased utilisation of intra-operative adjuncts has facilitated this change, and resulted in favourable changes in length of stay, extent of dissection, and number of patients treated. (C) 2011 Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh (Scottish charity number SC005317) and Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland. Published by Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.