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WHAT IS THYROID AND PARATHYROID SURGERY?
Your thyroid is a butterfly-shaped gland located at the base of the neck. The thyroid produces hormones to regulate metabolism.
If you have been diagnosed with a thyroid condition, your provider may recommend removing part of the gland (thyroid lobectomy) or all of it (total thyroidectomy).
Surgery can treat your thyroid if it is: Cancerous, Enlarged (thyroid nodules or goiter), Symptomatic (e.g., choking, painful, hoarse), or Hyperfuntional (e.g., produces too much thyroid hormone).
WHY CHOOSE US?
When you need your thyroid or a parathyroid gland removed, count on experienced endocrine surgeons at North Florida Surgeons. We specialize in treating all disorders of the thyroid and parathyroid glands, including thyroid cancer, nodules, goiter, and hyperparathyroidism. At North Florida Surgeons we perform operations on an outpatient basis for benign and malignant conditions of the thyroid. About half of thyroid patients, and 80 percent of parathyroid patients, receive outpatient care; our surgeons are experts in procedures that help people return home quickly.
• Visible or palpable mass in front (or side, if metastatic cancer) of neck • Pressure or discomfort in neck • Difficulty swallowing (dysphagia) or a sensation of being "aware" of swallowing • Voice changes • Fullness of the neck
UNDERACTIVE THYROID (HYPOTHYROIDISM)
• Fatigue • Weight gain • Feeling cold • Skin and hair thickening • Decreased mental acuity (head in fog, not sharp)
OVERACTIVE THYROID (HYPERTHYROIDISM)
• Fatigue • Jittery/anxious/shaky • Tremors • Palpitations/heart fluttering or racing • Weight loss • Hot • Sweating • Hair loss • Increased bowel movements • Menstrual irregularities • Thyroid enlargement or masses (same as nodules/masses, above) • Bone loss or pain
• Bone pain, muscle pain, joint pain • Fatigue, feeling bad • Decreased mental acuity, forgetfulness/memory loss, head in fog, not sharp • Stomach pain, nausea, vomiting • Kidney stones, kidney disease • Bone weakness, bone loss, osteoporosis • Fracture • Psychosis/coma • Depression