A name to describe a group of procedures that treats the hormone-producing glandular system in the body, endocrine surgery at Florida Hospital Diabetes and Endocrine Center may be recommended when medications do not work or when a cancer is suspected.
The endocrine system controls many tasks in the body, including metabolism, growth, sexual development and other basic functions. When a gland produces too much or too little of a hormone, it can cause negative or irregular effects throughout the patient’s body. Disorders of the endocrine glands affect nearly 40,000 patients each year in the U.S. The vast majority of patients present with a mass in the neck, which is usually a thyroid cancer
For many patients with a mass in the endocrine gland, doctors at Florida Hospital recommend drug therapy, radiotherapy or other advanced procedures before endocrine surgery, but for others, surgery is the best approach.
These are some of the endocrine surgery procedures we offer to patients:
- Thyroid surgery
- Parathyroid surgery
- Adrenal surgery
- Pituitary surgery
- Pancreatic surgery
Florida Hospital is dedicated to providing minimally invasive, cutting-edge endocrine surgery options to qualified patients. These advanced procedures are performed with smaller incisions that causes less pain and a faster recovery time.
Besides open surgery, at Florida Hospital we also offer minimally invasive procedures so that our patients have shorter hospital stays, faster recovery and less pain. The types of minimally invasive endocrine procedures we offer include the following:
- Fine needle aspiration
- Minimally invasive parathyroidectomy
- Laparoscopic adrenal surgery
- Minimally invasive radioguided parathyroidectomy
Surgeons at Florida Hospital have in-depth knowledge about disorders of the thyroid and parathyroid gland, having performed thousands of procedures with excellent results. It is important for patients to know that complications from endocrine surgery usually occur from surgeon inexperience. That is why we have staff surgeons with many years of experience who are dedicated to dealing only with endocrine problems. Our results are some of the best in the country.
Patients with a neck mass suspected of having a thyroid cancer of are always seen by a surgeon and an endocrinologist to determine the best approach to treatment. Surgery on the thyroid gland requires experience and excellent technical skills- requisites if one wants to avoid complications. Please feel free to ask our surgeons for their experience and numbers of cases. The majority of patients are discharged within one or two days after surgery. When possible surgeons minimize incisions to ensure that patients have the best cosmetic result.
Patients with overactive parathyroid gland are often diagnosed as having high calcium in the blood. Diagnosis of over active parathyroid gland can be difficult, though Florida Hospital’s state-of-the-art imaging equipment helps to ensure that patients receive the right diagnosis promptly with minimal complications. If overactive parathyroid gland is not diagnosed early, patients can develop bone pain, muscle pain, constipation and fatigue. Once the over active parathyroid gland is diagnosed, we offer both open and minimally invasive procedures to deal with the lesion.
The two adrenal glands are located above the kidneys in the abdomen. Tumors of the adrenal gland are not common and most hospitals do not possess the experience in how to deal with them. At Florida Hospital, experienced surgeons using minimally invasive techniques can not only make an appropriate diagnosis; they can also remove these glands and minimize complications. To ensure prompt diagnosis and treatment, our surgeons work in close collaboration with medical endocrinologists. When possible, medical treatment is offered but those who do not respond, maybe offered surgery.
Islet Cell Tumors of the Pancreas
The pancreas is responsible for making several hormones. Rarely, tumors of the pancreas gland can occur and produce excess hormone. Surgeons at Florida Hospital have excellent surgical skills to remove these tiny tumors from the pancreas without causing complications. The pancreatic tumors can be challenging and thus, we have a team of doctors who thoroughly evaluate and offer the best possible treatment available.
At Florida Hospital, we have developed state of the art techniques for removing thyroid and parathyroid masses. Our surgical team works in collaboration with a team of specialists so that the best treatment is offered to patients. We find that a multidisciplinary approach is ideal for patients who do not respond to less invasive medical therapies.
Endocrine Team Approach
At Florida Hospital we place great emphasis on delivering comprehensive care to patients with endocrine problems. Our surgical team is complemented by a strong team of doctors who are involved in the latest research and treatment of such patients. We ensure that when patients visit Florida Hospital for an endocrine problem, they get to see the available specialist right away.