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Endocrine surgery

When you need surgical treatment for a condition affecting your body's glands or hormones, our endocrine surgeons provide high-quality care using minimally invasive techniques whenever possible.

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Hospital for Endocrine Surgery

Devoted to serving patients in need of benign thyroid surgery, thyroid cancer surgery, parathyroid surgery or adrenal gland surgery.

Our surgical staff is comprised of individuals dedicated to providing expert, personalized care using the advanced treatments and minimally invasive techniques for patients needing endocrine surgical services, including thyroid and thyroid cancer surgery, scarless thyroid surgery, parathyroid surgery and adrenal surgery. We have clinicians who are known nationally and internationally for their expertise in endocrine care, having developed novel approaches now commonly used world-wide.

Training for future physicians

In addition to providing the highest-quality care to our patients, the surgical experts at the Hospital for Endocrine Surgery are committed to developing the next generation of surgeons.

In addition to providing the highest-quality care to our patients, the surgical experts at the Hospital for Endocrine Surgery are committed to developing the next generation of surgeons.

Expertise in endocrine surgery

Our expertise extends from common procedures to specialty areas, provided by a highly-skilled team. Care at the Hospital for Endocrine Surgery is provided compassionately, with a focus on educating our patients on their condition and treatment to help ensure optimal outcomes.

  • Thyroid surgery
  • Thyroid cancer surgery
  • Advanced thyroid cancer surgery
  • Recurrent thyroid cancer surgery
  • Neck dissection for thyroid cancer
  • Scarless thyroid surgery
  • Robotic thyroid surgery
  • Minimally invasive thyroid surgery
  • Parathyroid surgery
  • Minimally invasive parathyroid surgery
  • Re-operative parathyroid surgery
  • Parathyroid cancer surgery
  • Adrenal surgery
  • Minimally invasive adrenal surgery
  • Adrenal cancer surgery
  • Hormone-producing adrenal tumors surgery
  • Hereditary endocrine surgery
  • Multiple endocrine neoplasia syndrome

What we do

Our hospital specializes in providing patients with compassionate care and treatment for endocrine tumors. We provide a wide array of services necessary for the acute diagnosis and surgical treatment of tumors of the thyroid, parathyroid and adrenal glands. Our team includes doctors, surgeons, nurses and technicians who have dedicated their careers to improving the lives of patients with endocrine tumors.

The hospital is organized around each of the endocrine glands we care for: Thyroid, Parathyroid, and Adrenal. We have brought some of the leading experts in endocrine care worldwide, all who came together under one roof with the common goal of providing the best treatments and outcomes for our patients. The result is unprecedented expertise delivered in an efficient, and patient-centered fashion.

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Adrenal surgery

Adrenal gland tumors can be cancerous (malignant) or non-cancerous (benign). The most common adrenal problems are the development of benign, non-cancerous tumors inside the adrenal gland. These tumors may cause an overproduction of adrenal hormones, known as "functional" adrenal tumors.

There are many different symptoms of adrenal tumors. We can help diagnose these symptoms appropriately and offer the best treatment plan for you based on your unique needs.

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Minimally invasive adrenal gland surgery

In most cases, we will remove the tumors by surgically removing the adrenal gland in a procedure known as a laparoscopic adrenalectomy. In rarer cases, this minimally invasive approach may not be possible, and we may use a traditional ("open") adrenalectomy approach instead.

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Parathyroid surgery

Surgery is the treatment for parathyroid disease or “hyperparathyroidism.” Hyperparathyroidism occurs when one (or more) of the four parathyroid glands in the neck develops a tumor. This results in too much parathyroid hormone (PTH), causing an abnormal increase in blood calcium levels. As a result, you may experience symptoms, such as chronic fatigue, moodiness and sometimes osteoporosis.

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Minimally invasive hyperparathyroidism surgery

Our endocrine surgeons use the latest advances in technology to perform minimally invasive radio-guided parathyroid (MIRP) surgery. This approach is also known as “mini-parathyroid surgery.” Compared to the traditional surgical procedure, this minimally invasive surgery offers the following advantages:

  • Better outcomes and cure rate — MIRP surgery has an exceptionally high cure rate and uses only minimal anesthesia, enabling you to recover quicker.
  • Enhanced accuracy — Intraoperative nuclear imaging and mapping allow our surgeons to precisely visualize your parathyroid glands before starting surgery.
  • Quicker surgery — The MIRP procedure takes less than 20 minutes, and you can often return home in approximately one to two hours following surgery.
  • Safe, targeted access — The MIRP incision in the neck is approximately one inch, which allows us to reduce damage to nearby healthy tissue.

Thyroid surgery

The most common reason you may require part or all of your thyroid removed is because of a concerning mass or nodule. This means that a mass or nodule has been diagnosed as abnormal, cancerous, highly suspicious of being cancerous or “inconclusive.”

In some rarer cases, you may need your thyroid removed due to its extreme size, bothersome symptoms caused by size or over-functioning. It is sometimes also used as a treatment for difficult-to-control hyperthyroidism.

There are three basic types of thyroid surgery:

  • Thyroid lobectomy — removal of one-half of the thyroid gland
  • Sub-total thyroidectomy — removal of almost the entire thyroid, where only a small amount of the thyroid gland is left behind
  • Total thyroidectomy — removal of the entire thyroid gland

Minimally invasive thyroid surgery

Most thyroid surgery is performed through a small incision on the lower neck. However, we offer “scarless” thyroid surgery techniques, including robotic and transoral approaches. This enables you to have a quicker recovery time. It also provides an improved cosmetic result, since the scar is not on the front of your throat but hidden, typically in the armpit.

Our minimally invasive thyroid surgery options are:

  • Robotic thyroid surgery — Your surgeon uses a robotic system to guide the surgery.
  • Transoral thyroid surgery — Your surgeons uses an incision on the inside of the lip and scopes to perform the surgery.