Thyroid Disorders & Surgery
The thyroid gland is a butterfly-shaped organ located in the front of the neck, just over the windpipe. It produces iodine-containing hormones which regulate the rate at which the body uses energy and produce heat.
The growth and development of all the body's tissues are dependent on the proper functioning of the thyroid gland. If the thyroid gland is either overactive or underactive, you should see your GP or an endocrinologist – a physician specialising in hormone disorders.
If you have a goitre with pressure symptoms, a thyroid nodule that needs investigation, or thyroid cancer, or if you have an overactive thyroid and have seen your GP or endocrinologist and chosen surgery as your treatment, then you should see a specialist endocrine surgeon.
There is a direct link between the experience of a thyroid surgeon and the rate of complications. If you have thyroid cancer, make sure you are treated by a surgeon who is part of an expert multi-disciplinary team.
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