Thyroid Surgery

The thyroid gland, located at the front of your neck, produces hormones that affect almost all of your body’s metabolic processes. When the gland produces too many hormones, also called hyperthyroidism, you can experience problems ranging from harmless neck nodules to a potentially serious autoimmune disease. Some people develop cancer of the thyroid gland, although it is quite rare.

If the thyroid gland has become enlarged so that it is difficult for you to swallow or breathe, or if you cannot take certain medicines used to treat hyperthyroidism, your doctor may recommend partial or total removal of the gland. Whether your entire thyroid is removed or only partially removed, you may develop hypothyroidism and need to take a synthetic thyroid hormone for the rest of your life.

Parathyroid Surgery

The parathyroid glands are small endocrine glands that control the amount of calcium within your bones and blood. If one or more of your parathyroid glands produce too much parathyroid hormone, called hyperparathyroidism, your calcium levels can skyrocket. This can cause you to experience frequent and premature fractures, bone pain, fatigue, gastric reflux, kidney stones and/or high blood pressure.

If you develop hyperparathyroidism, your doctor may recommend surgical removal of the abnormal gland so that your body can recover the calcium it lost.

Because of their specialized nature, thyroid and parathyroid surgery require highly skilled surgeons. Together, Surgical Associates endocrine specialists have conducted thousands of these operations with minimally invasive techniques to remove “problem” thyroid and parathyroid glands.