Thyroid hormones influence virtually every organ system in the body. They tell organs how fast or slow they should work. They also regulate the consumption of oxygen and the production of heat. Thyroid hormones regulate your metabolism-how the body uses food, either using it for immediate energy or storing it for the future. Another gland-the pituitary gland-actually controls how well the thyroid works.
The thyroid gland can develop several distinct problems:
- Hyperthyroidism means there is too much thyroid hormone and speeds up the body's metabolism.
- Hypothyroidism means there is too little thyroid hormone and the body's metabolism slows down.
- A thyroid goiter is an enlargement of the thyroid gland.
- A nodule or growth on the thyroid.
- Thyroid cancer is a fairly common cancer, with an excellent long-term survival rate.
Our surgeons provide excellent, personalized care to patients with endocrine diseases. In the last five years, our surgeons performed 450 thyroid surgeries.