The endocrine system in our body is a system of glands that produce, store, and release hormones into the bloodstream so that they can reach the body’s cells.
You may be familiar with some of the glands wihin the endocrine system, including the pituitary gland, thyroid and parathyroid glands, and adrenal glands.
Thyroid Conditions & Surgery
The Thyroid gland secretes thyroxine, a hormone that regulates the metabolism.
Thyroid conditions may be benign as well as malignant.
Symptoms associated with thyroid diseases may be due to hyperthyroidism (overactivity) or hypothyroidism (underactivity) or relating to nodule or tumour formation.
Often surgery is not necessary but some patients may require partial or total thyroidectomy (removal of thyroid). This surgery usually only requires overnight, or two night admission.
Parathyroid Conditions & Surgery
he parathyroid glands are also located in the neck and control the level of calcium in the bloodstream by secreting parathyroid hormone.
When patients have hyperparathyroidism their calcium is elevated and this can be treated by parathyroidectomy.
Parathyroidectomy usually involves removal on one parathyroid gland in primary hyperparathyroidism or all four glands in secondary hyperparathyroidism, a condition affecting patients with renal failure.
In primary hyperparathyroidism if the causative gland can be located preoperatively with the use of a Sestamibi (a nuclear scan) and Ultrasound scan then surgery can be performed via a Minimally Invasive approach through a 2 cm incision on one side of the neck. This surgery usually requires overnight admission.
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