Thyroid & parathyroid
What are the symptoms of hyperparathyroidism?
Hyperparathyroidism affects every system in the body. Common symptoms include fatigue, mood changes, irritability, depression and even memory loss. Generalized symptoms of ill health are also very common with hyperparathyroidism.
My calcium levels have been elevated. Does this mean that I need to have my parathyroid gland removed?
Elevated calcium levels are never normal. Although there can be many reasons for elevated calcium levels, the most common is primary hyperparathyroidism, though the symptoms are vague and often go unnoticed. If left untreated, hyperparathyroidism can cause osteopenia, osteoporosis, and a generalized feeling of malaise and fatigue. In most situations, we can correct these problems with a minimally invasive, simple procedure.
What is minimally-invasive parathyroid surgery?
This is a surgical technique to remove the abnormal gland under local or general anesthesia. In most cases, this procedure is done through a very small incision that is camouflaged and results in minimal to no scarring. In some cases, it can also be done with robotic assistance without any neck incision. At Chicago ENT, the procedure is simple and requires approximately 15 minutes to remove the abnormal gland.
I was told that I have a thyroid nodule. Must this be removed?
No. Most thyroid nodules do not need to be removed; however, all thyroid nodules should be biopsied to help rule out other factors. The biopsies are done with a technique known as fine-needle aspiration, a simple blood test. The results of this test will determine if the nodule has to be removed.
What is minimally-invasive thyroid surgery?
Minimally invasive thyroid surgery is done to avoid scarring. Incisions are camouflaged into natural skin creases and are therefore minimized. Plus, the minimally-invasive technique allows for faster recovery. Typically, this technique also involves new technology that protects the important superior and recurrent laryngeal nerves near the gland. It can be performed as an outpatient or inpatient with local or general anesthesia.
What is robotic surgery for thyroid nodules?
Robotic surgery is available for select patients who want to avoid any incision on the neck. It is a relatively new technique that is among the leading-edge surgical options we offer at ChicagoENT.\