The only cure for hyperparathyroidism is surgical removal of the parathyroid gland, according to EndocrineWeb. Parathyroid surgery is a major operation, but it is necessary, as the tumor that causes hyperparathyroidism continues to grow if left untreated.
There is a minimally invasive parathyroid surgery that can be used on older patients and allows them to return home hours after the surgery is done, notes EndocrineWeb. Osteoporosis medications are used by some physicians as an alternative to parathyroid surgery, although they are not a medically approved substitute. These medications are best used after parathyroid surgery to rebuild bone density and replace calcium.