Grave’s Disease is one of the most common causes of hyperthyroidism. Individuals with Grave’s Disease have an increase in antibodies that hinder thyroid function, mainly causing it to work too hard and produce an overabundance of the thyroid stimulating hormone or TSH.
The thyroid specialists and surgeons at La Peer Health Systems are among the best in the world at diagnosing and treating thyroid conditions.
Signs and Symptoms
There are a wide variety of symptoms for Grave’s Disease, including:
- fast heart rate and palpitations
- trouble sleeping
- nervousness and anxiety
- unexplained weight loss
- shaking hands and tremors
- hair loss
- trouble with pregnancy
- thick and red skin along the shins and feet
- bulging eyes
The main differential between Grave’s and other forms of hyperthyroidism is the presence of bulging eyes, which is referred to as Graves’ ophthalmology. This can often be treated with over-the-counter medication. If symptoms are severe, however, it might require orbital decompression surgery.
Treating Grave’s Disease
The thyroid uses iodine to function properly, so early treatment of Grave’s attempts to supplement iodine production. Radioactive iodine therapy causes the thyroid to shrink in size, reducing its size and ability to produce hormones. In addition to medications and beta-blockers, this can greatly reduce the symptoms of Grave’s.
In more severe cases, surgery may be required. This would involve removing the thyroid gland completely. At La Peer Health Systems, we are proud to offer the safest, most effective cutting-edge procedures to surgically remove the thyroid. We utilize a technique called minimally invasive surgery. The surgeon will make a single incision, smaller than an inch in length, to insert an endoscopic camera. This gives the doctor complete access to the neck, without have to completely open it up. Once inside, they can find and remove the thyroid, and any damaged tissues that surround it.
The benefits of minimally invasive surgery include less scarring and a shorter, less painful recovery period. Our surgeons utilize plastic surgery techniques to close the incision, so that the scar is almost invisible.
The Recovery Process
Depending on the procedure, and what is removed during the surgery, the doctor will recommend staying in the hospital for observation for a day or sending you home. Even if the surgery is outpatient, it is advised that the patient stay in bed for 24 hours following the operation. While pain is minimal, the most common soreness occurs during swallowing, but this should go away in a few days. You might also have a hoarse voice, but this will go away in a few weeks. The doctor will give you instructions on how to take care of the incision to reduce the chances of infection. Because your thyroid produces a vital hormone, once it is removed, that hormone must be supplemented. Your doctor will prescribe an oral treatment and closely monitor your blood tests to make sure your levels are balanced.
Schedule an Appointment Today
If you suffer from any of the above-mentioned symptoms or would like to learn more about thyroid surgery Los Angeles contact La Peer Health Systems today. Our team of specialized surgeons is dedicated to providing you with the most effective and comfortable care possible. Call 888-317-1439 or visit us at thyroidsurgerymd.com to schedule a consultation.
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