Rocky Mountains Colorado

Conditions and Procedures

Treatment and Surgery for Thyroid and Parathyroid Disorders

thyroid and parathyroid glandsThe thyroid is an important gland located in the front of your neck.  The thyroid produces hormones which control many functions such as growth of tissues, metabolism and calcium levels.  Some people have too little or too much thyroid hormone which can cause many different symptoms such as anxiety, depression, insomnia, hair loss, weight loss/gain and intolerance to cold or hot temperature.

Some patients will develop nodules in the thyroid.  These may be benign or cancerous.  Often a biopsy is taken with a small needle to determine the nature of a thyroid nodule.  Some people will require surgical removal of part or all of the thyroid gland.  This is done through a small incision in the neck and generally requires an overnight stay in the hospital.

Most people have four parathyroid glands which sit next to the thyroid.  Parathyroid hormone is involved with regulating the amount of calcium in your bloodstream.  If you have overactive parathyroid you may have too much calcium.  This can result in kidney stones, depression, body aches or other symptoms.  Most often this is caused by a non-cancerous tumor of the gland called an adenoma.  This can be surgically removed through a small incision.  The surgery is usually done as on an outpatient basis.