Frequently Asked Questions
How will I know if I need Thyroid or Parathyroid surgery?
After thorough, non-invasive procedures such as thyroid and neck ultrasounds, as well as ultrasound-guided fine needle aspirations, your doctors will determine whether or not surgery is necessary. Sometimes, patients may exhibit voice hoarseness when a thyroid nodule enlarges. It may push on the windpipe, vocal cords, and even the esophagus. When the symptoms become severe, we may suggest surgery.
Parathyroid glands regulate the blood calcium levels in the body. When the glands are malfunctioning, they produce too much, causing a variety of symptoms including lethargy, problems with concentration, memory loss, depression, high blood pressure, heart problems, kidney stones, and bone density loss/osteoporosis. These symptoms, along with an abnormal amount of parathyroid hormone in the body may mean that surgery is necessary.
What does an ultrasound-guided fine needle aspiration entail?
An ultrasound-guided fine needle aspiration biopsy utilizes sound waves to locate a abnormalities within the thyroid or the neck. We then remove a tissue sample for further examination. This is a minimally invasive procedure that causes minimal discomfort, leaves no scarring and has no exposure to radiation. It’s also very affordable.
How long is a thyroid or parathyroid surgery?
The length of your surgery is dependent upon the skill of your surgeon as well as the type of surgery that is being performed. Consult with your doctor to learn about which procedure you are having.