The thyroid experts at the Beverly Hills Thyroid Surgery Center of Excellence want to make sure your questions are answered. They have taken the time to answer some of the questions they hear most frequently for you here and are available to answer any more that you may have.
Q: What does the thyroid do?
A: The thyroid, a butterfly-shaped gland at the base of the neck, is responsible for producing thyroid hormones, which are critical in the normal functioning of many important body processes. The thyroid regulates functions such as body temperature, normal growth and development, as well as metabolism. A dysfunctional thyroid may lead to physical symptoms and, if left untreated, could affect one’s overall health.
Q: I think I may have a thyroid problem. What should I do?
A: If you are concerned you may be living with an undiagnosed thyroid condition, see your doctor right away. Your doctor will perform thyroid function blood tests and examine your neck to determine if there is cause for concern. If a thyroid condition is diagnosed, you will likely be referred to an endocrinologist for treatment. If surgery is recommended, call the head and neck surgeons at the Thyroid Surgery Center of Excellence to schedule a consultation.
Q: How will my doctor determine if I have a thyroid condition?
A: If your doctor suspects you may have a thyroid condition, he or she can perform several blood tests to check your thyroid function. Your doctor will almost certainly test your Thyroid Stimulating Hormone (TSH) level, the hormone secreted by your brain to stimulate normal thyroid function. This is the most commonly performed test used to see if the thyroid is functioning properly or if there is a problem. Depending on those results and/or your symptoms, your doctor may also order other blood tests such as a T3 and T4 level check, as well as an antibody test that will check for an autoimmune thyroid disease such as Hashimoto’s.
Q: What are the most common thyroid conditions treated at the Thyroid Surgery Center of Excellence?
A: Our renowned Beverly Hills thyroid surgeons treat any thyroid condition that requires a surgical procedure, including thyroid nodules, goiter, and thyroid cancer. They are experts in minimally invasive surgery and treating a multitude of thyroid conditions. If you are concerned that you may have a thyroid condition, please call the Thyroid Surgery Center of Excellence today to schedule a consultation.
Q: What is a thyroid nodule?
A: A thyroid nodule is a lump or growth on the thyroid gland that can be benign or cancerous. Typically, an ultrasound will be performed to examine nodules often followed by a fine needle biopsy to determine whether or not they are cancerous. Further treatment will depend on the results of the biopsy. If the nodules are benign and not causing symptoms, no treatment may be necessary.
Q: What is goiter?
A: Goiter is the term used to describe an abnormally enlarged thyroid gland. Unlike a thyroid nodule, goiter is not the growth of something on the gland, rather it is the enlargement of the thyroid gland itself. The symptoms of goiter will vary from patient to patient with some patients never experiencing symptoms and others in great discomfort. When goiter is causing pain, a thyroidectomy is usually recommended.
Q: What is minimally invasive thyroid surgery?
A: Minimally invasive thyroid surgery is a surgical procedure in which the thyroid gland is removed using the smallest incision possible and the use of endoscopic technology to decrease the recovery time and trauma to the patient. The Thyroid Surgery Center of Excellence boasts some of the best minimally invasive thyroid surgeons in the world.
Q: Am I a good candidate for minimally invasive thyroid surgery?
A: The only true way to know if you are a good candidate for a minimally invasive thyroidectomy is to schedule a consultation with one of our world-renowned thyroid surgeons. After the initial consultation, your doctor will be able to determine whether or not you may be a good candidate for the minimally invasive procedure. Contact the Thyroid Surgery Center of Excellence today to make an appointment.
Q: What type of imaging is used to examine the thyroid gland?
A: The most common type of imaging used to assess a thyroid condition is thyroid ultrasound. Ultrasound may be used to determine the presence of an abnormality as well as guide the doctor during a fine needle biopsy. Depending on the individual case, a thyroid scan, CT scan, or MRI may also be indicated.
Q: Why should I come to the Thyroid Surgery Center of Excellence?
A: The board-certified head and neck surgeons at the Thyroid Surgery Center of Excellence in Beverly Hills are all highly regarded in the field of thyroid care. Leaders in the use of minimally invasive procedures and cutting–edge technology, patients at the Center are in the best hands possible when seeking thyroid treatment from our physicians in Beverly Hills. To learn more about the expert surgeons at the Thyroid Surgery Center of Excellence, contact us today.
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If you have, or think you may have, a thyroid condition such as thyroid nodules, goiter, or thyroid cancer, contact the Beverly Hills thyroid experts at the Thyroid Surgery Center of Excellence as soon as possible. Our board-certified head and neck surgeons are here to treat your thyroid condition with only the highest level of patient care. Call us today at (888) 817-1439 to schedule your consultation.
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