Your thyroid glands control your metabolism by producing the right balance of hormones, but when there’s an imbalance, it can have a widespread effect on your health. In these cases, thyroid or parathyroid surgery is often the best option. Dr. George N. Liberis has considerable experience in both of these surgical procedures, offering patients in New City, New York relief from thyroid problems. To learn more about thyroid and parathyroid surgery, call the office or use the online booking tool here on the website to schedule a consultation.
Your thyroid is a gland located a the base of your neck at the front, and it produces hormones that oversee your metabolism. The gland itself is shaped much like a butterfly.
Surrounding this gland are four smaller glands, called parathyroid glands, which produce a hormone to regulate calcium and phosphorous in your body.
There are several reasons why Dr. Liberis may recommend thyroid surgery, including:
With hyperthyroidism, your thyroid is producing too much thyroxine, which speeds up your body’s metabolism, causing a rapid heartbeat, excessive sweating, and weight loss.
If your thyroid is enlarged, it’s called goiter, and it can affect your ability to breathe or swallow.
This is the most common reason for a thyroidectomy.
If you’re experiencing hyperparathyroidism, your parathyroid glands are overproducing hormones. This can cause calcium to build up in your system, which can lead to fatigue, weakness, body aches, and even kidney stones.
A benign tumor called an adenoma or enlarged parathyroid glands usually cause hyperparathyroidism. In either case, surgery is the best option for restoring the calcium and phosphorus levels in your system.
When it comes to thyroid surgery, Dr. Liberis may only remove a portion of your thyroid, or the entire gland, if necessary. For parathyroid surgery, he removes the glands that are responsible for overproducing hormones.
In both cases, Dr. Liberis turns to laparoscopic surgery when he can to minimize the impact on your body. With laparoscopy, he removes all or part of your glands using only tiny incisions at the base of your neck, through which he threads specialized equipment, including a camera and surgical tools.
Dr. Liberis has extensive experience with this technique, affording his patients minimal scarring, decreased risk of infection, and less postsurgical downtime.
If you suspect you may be a candidate for thyroid or parathyroid surgery, call Dr. Liberis, or use the online form to schedule a consultation.