Thyroid Problems

Thyroid Problems

The majority of the patients we see for thyroid problems are referred for a nodule in the gland.  Thyroid nodules are growths or lumps in the thyroid gland in the front of your neck. This gland controls how your body uses energy.

You may feel a neck lump, notice one side of your neck appears to be different, or your doctor may find it during a routine examination.  Most thyroid nodules are not cancer and do not cause problems. Many don’t even need treatment.
Sometimes a thyroid nodule can cause problems.
If the nodule is ls large, it may cause neck or facial pain, difficulty swallowing or voice change. Sometimes a nodule can make too much thyroid hormone. When a nodule makes too much hormone, the rest of the gland is suppressed and doesn’t work as hard as usual.
Most thyroid nodules are not cancerous. But if tests show cancer, surgery will be done to remove the nodule.  We perform our own ultrasound guided thyroid nodule biopsies.  If the nodule proves to be cancerous, we can remove it with only a one night stay in the hospital.



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