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Thyroid conditions—which occur when the thyroid and parathyroid glands over-produce or under-produce hormones—are common and highly treatable. Our clinicians are experts in diagnosing and managing thyroid conditions. We deliver answers about your condition right away, thanks to our in-office or ultrasound-guided biopsy procedures.

We use the most advanced techniques to study the thyroid and parathyroid glands and find the most appropriate care for your specific condition.

Treatments

Our care team will create a plan that decreases your symptoms and helps restore hormone balance.

Your treatment may include:

  • Regular check-ups—if a thyroid nodule or small tumor exists, but does not cause symptoms, your doctor will monitor your condition over time.
  • Ultrasound-guided fine needle aspiration—a biopsy (tissue sample) of a thyroid nodule is obtained to check for changes and the presence of cancer cells.
  • Hormone pills—for hypothyroidism (where your thyroid does not make enough of thyroid hormones) you can take medication to replace the hormone your thyroid isn’t producing.
  • Antithyroid drugs—for hyperthyroidism (thyroid is overactive and produces too much of the hormone thyroxine), antithyroid medicines might be prescribed to block your thyroid’s ability to overproduce this hormone.
  • Radioactive iodine treatment—taken as a pill, this is a safe therapy for an overactive thyroid.
  • Surgery—removal of the thyroid or parathyroid gland or nodules is an effective way to treat some thyroid and parathyroid conditions and cancer. Thyroid surgeries we provide include:
    • Parathyroid surgery—parathyroid conditions are treated by removing the abnormal gland(s), called a parathyroidectomy. This can be performed as an open (conventional) parathyroidectomy.
    • Thyroid surgery—thyroid surgery removes all or parts of the thyroid gland stop over- or underproduction of thyroid hormones. This is called a thyroidectomy.
    • Kidney stone removal—kidney stones can occur when parathyroid conditions cause unbalanced levels of calcium in the blood. If the stones do not pass on their own, we can perform surgery to remove them.