La Peer Health Systems is home to the best thyroid surgeons in Beverly Hills who have extensive training in the treatment and surgical removal of the thyroid using minimally invasive techniques.
Problems relating to a persons thyroid are a very common occurrence and effect thousands of Americans each year. The thyroid is a butterfly-shaped gland located in the lower frontal area of the neck and is responsible for the release of various hormones that regulate our growth, metabolism, and even heart rate. When a person experiences problems with his or her thyroid, unpleasant symptoms can arise which often require immediate treatment.
To schedule a consultation with one of our experienced head and neck surgeons, contact us at (855) 360-9119.
Hypothyroidism and Hyperthyroidism
Two very common thyroid disorders are known as hypothyroidism and hyperthyroidism. These thyroid problems occur when the production of hormones is abnormally higher or lower.
Hypothyroidism is a condition that causes decreased activity of the thyroid and, as a result, insufficient secretions of regulatory hormones. Common symptoms of hypothyroidism include weight gain, muscle pains, constipation, and increased sensitivity to cold weather.
Hyperthyroidism, or overactive thyroid disorder, can affect people of all ages and appear suddenly. Most commonly, those afflicted with an overactive thyroid experience symptoms including weight loss, insomnia, shaking, irregular heartbeat, and fatigue.
If you’re experiencing symptoms that could be related to hypothyroidism or hyperthyroidism, it’s important to contact a physician as soon as possible. This way you’ll be sure to receive the proper treatment and care. These conditions are generally managed medically and very rarely with surgery.
A nodule occurs as a growth that develops in the thyroid. Thyroid nodules generally go unnoticed unless found by a doctor during a routine exam. Studies have shown that up to half of the population will be afflicted with thyroid nodules at some point during their lifetime.
When thyroid nodules are discovered in a patient, doctors need to determine if the nodule is malignant or benign. This usually requires an ultrasound examination, and if the nodule has suspicious features a biopsy is done to find out if the tissue is cancerous.
In the United States, nearly 40,000 new cases of thyroid cancer are diagnosed on a yearly basis. Though most nodules are benign (non-cancerous), a small percentage does turn out to be malignant, which always requires thyroid surgery.
When detected early, thyroid cancer has a very high survival rate and can be easily treated by an expert thyroid surgeon. At La Peer Health Systems, our doctors are extremely skilled in the removal of the thyroid gland through a variety of techniques including minimally invasive techniques. This minimally invasive thyroid (MIT) surgery leads to easier patient recoveries and carries a very low risks of complication.
Minimally Invasive Thyroidectomy (MIT)
MIT surgery can be extremely beneficial for patients afflicted with thyroid cancer, goiters, and even specific cases of hyperthyroidism. A minimally invasive thyroidectomy involves your surgeon removing either the entire thyroid or only the affected portion.
The procedure itself is extremely safe. This is due to the laryngeal nerve-monitoring device attached to the breathing tube on every patient, which allows surgeons to monitor the vocal cord nerve thereby decreasing the chance of injury to it.
A surgeon performs MIT with the help of an endoscopic camera, which requires only a very small incision to be made in the lower part of the patients neck. Use of an endoscope not only minimizes scarring, but also minimizes tissue damage and bruising during recovery time. Patients often are able to resume work and activity within a week.
Contact La Peer Health Systems Today
If you are one of the thousands of American’s experiencing thyroid related problems, our expert thyroid surgeons are here to assist you. At La Peer Health Systems, our world renowned team of doctors aim to put patients first by providing them with the best care possible at all times. Contact our office by calling (855) 360-9119 to schedule your initial consultation.
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