Intraoperative parathyroid hormone (PTH) assay (QPTH) has made possible less invasive operative approaches in the treatment of primary hyperparathyroidism with stated advantages. When compared to the traditional bilateral neck exploration (BNE), only the targeted, hypersecreting gland is excised, leaving in situ non-visualized but normally functioning parathyroids. The QPTH-guided limited parathyroidectomy (LPX) must be able to identify multiglandular disease (MGD), predict a successful outcome, and have a low recurrence rate. In our series, 421 patients who underwent LPX were compared to 340 undergoing BNE; all operative failures and patients followed for 6 months or longer were included. Operative failure occurred if serum calcium and PTH levels were elevated within 6 months of parathyroidectomy. Multiglandular disease was defined in the LPX group as more than one gland excision guided by QPTH or operative failure after removal of a single abnormal gland; in the BNE group it was defined as excision of more than one enlarged gland. Recurrence was defined as elevated calcium and PTH after 6 months of eucalcemia. Operative failure and MGD rates were compared using chi-squared analysis. The method of Kaplan-Meier and the log-rank test were used to compare recurrence rates. Operative success was seen in 97% of LPX patients and in 94% of the BNE group ( p = 0.02). Multiglandular disease was identified in 3% of LPX patients and 10% of BNE patients ( p < 0.001). There was no statistical difference in the overall recurrence rates ( p = 0.23). The QPTH-guided parathyroidectomy identifies MGD and allows an improved success rate with the same low recurrence rate when compared to the results of BNE.