Endocrine Surgery

What is an Endocrine Gland?

An Endocrine Gland includes:

  • Thyroid
  • Parathyroid
  • Pancreas

What is Thyroid and Parathyroid Surgery?

Thyroid operations are used for patients who have a variety of thyroid conditions, including both cancerous and benign (non-cancerous) thyroid nodules, large thyroid glands (goiters), and overactive thyroid glands.

There are several thyroid operations that a surgeon may perform:

  • Biopsies involve the removal of tissue samples for testing
  • Lumpectomies and Lobectomies require the removal of parts of the thyroid, but not the entire gland.
  • Near-total and total thyroidectomy, which removes most or all of the thyroid gland. 

Surgery may be recommended if testing reveals cancer or possible cancer. Surgery may also be recommended for non-cancerous nodules with benign biopsy results if the nodule is large, if it continues to increase in size or if it is causing symptoms (pain, difficulty swallowing, etc.). Surgery is also an option for the treatment of hyperthyroidism, for large and multinodular goiters and for any goiter that may be causing symptoms.

Our surgeons can discuss these treatment options with you.