Make no mistake, a fully-functional thyroid is key to feeling healthy.
A butterfly-shaped gland located in front of the trachea, the thyroid creates hormones that regulate the use of energy in the body. An estimated 27 million Americans are affected by an overactive (hyper) or underactive (hypo) thyroid, which can lead to a litany of symptoms. In addition, millions of Americans have thyroid nodules which need to be carefully monitored by medical professionals. The nodules are often benign but do carry a risk of thyroid cancer.
Parathyroid glands are located in the neck, near the thyroid. Over activity of one or more of these glands can result in hypercalcemia which leads to osteoporosis and kidney stones along with more subtle symptoms.
Who is at risk?
Thyroid and parathyroid issues can affect anyone, though they most frequently affect women over age 60. A family history also raises your risk of either disorder.
Surgical options for thyroid problems
At Longstreet Clinic we will determine the source of these common disorders and provide you with the best treatment available, including through fine needle aspiration biopsies in the comfortable setting of our own offices.
We work hand-in-hand with our patients, as well as with expert endocrinologists to ensure the absolute best treatment options are delivered in the most cost-effective setting possible.
For those patients requiring surgery, many thyroid and parathyroid procedures can be performed in an outpatient setting at the Gainesville Surgery Center, a lower cost option that provides leading-edge technology, attentive medical care and comfort. For patients in need of inpatient procedures, our surgeons have privileges at the award-winning Northeast Georgia Medical Center.
If you suspect you have a problem with your thyroid or parathyroid glans, contact us today for an evaluation.