Your body suffers severe effects from having unbalanced hormone levels, a condition that occurs when your glands fail to work appropriately. Keeping your hormone levels in check is essential for optimal body functioning. If you seek effective McKinney endocrine surgery, Dr. Sutker, the lead provider at Michael Sutker, MD, PA, has your back with proven methods. Contact the offices today to benefit from his vast expertise and regain control of your health.
What is Endocrine Surgery
Endocrine surgery refers to several surgical procedures that Dr. Sutker conducts on your endocrine system which consists of hormones and glands that produce hormones. As vital chemical messengers, hormones control essential functions throughout your body. Glands that can benefit from endocrine surgery include:
· Thyroid Gland
The thyroid gland is found on your neck. Its role is to release thyroid hormone into your body to maintain your energy levels and metabolism.
· Adrenal Glands
Your adrenal gland’s role is to produce sex hormones alongside adrenaline and cortisol.
· Parathyroid Glands
Behind your thyroid sits four parathyroid glands. The parathyroid hormone helps in the regulation of calcium levels within your body.
When Do I Need Endocrine Surgery on my Thyroid?
A hyperactive thyroid gland (hyperthyroidism) produces excessive hormone thyroxine and causes symptoms such as:
- Heart palpitations
- Weight loss
- Decreased appetite
If medications fail to control your symptoms conclusively, your endocrinologist may refer you to Dr. Sutker for endocrine surgery.
Another reason is when you find a cancerous mass by sensing a lump in your neck or when your provider discovers an abnormality called a nodule or goiter. For cancerous nodules, a goiter is likely to cause complications during breathing or swallowing, calling for the need to undergo endocrine surgery.
Removal of the thyroid gland is done in a process called a thyroidectomy. You may only need a partial thyroidectomy, depending on the reason for your endocrine surgery.
What Other Types of Endocrine Surgery Might I Need?
Dr. Sutker majorly performs two kinds of endocrine surgery, namely:
When one of your parathyroid glands becomes hyperactive, it can release excessive amounts of parathyroid hormone into your bloodstream. This leads to abnormally high calcium levels in your blood, causing complications such as:
- Bone fractures
- Abdominal pain
- Depression and mood changes
- Low bone mineral density (osteopenia and osteoporosis)
- Kidney stones
If you have hyperactive parathyroid glands (hyperparathyroidism), your specialist can perform a parathyroidectomy. Your calcium levels will then return to normal, and your symptoms will resolve.
Adrenalectomy involves the removal of one or both glands. Cysts and benign, malignant, and metastatic tumors (those spreading from other organs) on your adrenal glands may cause a fluctuation in hormone production. This condition could result in severe health issues.
Other quality treatments you can find at the practice include:
- Weight loss
- Bariatric surgery
- General surgery
- Robotic surgery
- LINX procedure
- Acid reflux
For more information regarding this revolutionary procedure, do not hesitate to reach out to Michael Sutker, MD, PA. Call your nearest office or schedule your appointment online today to understand the benefits of this treatment.