Endocrine glands produce hormones that affect the function of other body organs or systems. While many organs in the body secrete hormones, the endocrine glands that frequently require surgery include the adrenal, pancreas, thyroid and parathyroid glands.
Endocrine surgery involves treatment of benign and malignant diseases of these organs. Endocrine surgeons are also trained in the evaluation and diagnosis of these varying diseases. This includes thyroid cancer, thyroid nodules and cysts, Grave’s disease, hyperparathyroidism, parathyroid cancer, benign and malignant adrenal masses, benign and malignant pancreatic masses, and pancreatitis along with its potential complications. Evaluation of these endocrine disorders involves a close working relationship with endocrinologists, radiologists, gastroenterologists, and oncologists in determining surgical candidates and maximizing successful patient care.
Surgical options are varied based on the organ involved but they often involve newer minimally invasive techniques. This allows for faster recovery, reduced postoperative pain, and better cosmetic outcomes.