Redness is a normal part of healing. All wounds get red and look a little bit irritated when you take the bandage off 1 week after the operation, so you should expect some of this. It can also be itchy which is another normal aspect of healing. If this is bothersome, you can put some hydrocortisone cream on it for 1-2 days and it will clear up. We have never seen a wound infection following a parathyroid operation. That doesn’t mean it can’t happen, but the blood supply in the neck is very rich and we give all our patients a dose of IV antibiotics in the operating room. If you have any questions, take a picture and text it to us.