Your thyroid -- located in your neck, above your collarbone -- is one of the endocrine glands that makes hormones. For the most part, these hormones are responsible for figuring out how many calories you burn, known as your metabolism. Some thyroid hormones even regulate your heart rhythm.
Yes. Because your thyroid is responsible for a slew of processes in your body, you might have an array of symptoms, which can include:
It depends on the diagnosis. If your thyroid is making too much of a certain hormone, for example, you may have to undergo radioactive iodine treatments, or possibly surgery. If you’re lacking a hormone, though, it’s possible that prescription medication may help. In more severe cases, such as a large goiter or thyroid cancer, it’s possible that you’ll have to have all or part of your thyroid removed. If your thyroid has to come out, you’ll likely have to be on hormone-replacement medications for the rest of your life.
If Dr. Babajanian determines that all or part of your thyroid needs to be removed, he will thoroughly discuss post-surgical expectations with you. Dr. Babajanian specializes in minimally invasive thyroid surgical techniques, minimizing your recovery time. Depending on how much of your thyroid is removed, you might have to take a daily thyroid pill. Thyroid surgery generally has very few risks, with less than 2% of surgeries having any complications. Usually, only patients with very invasive thyroid tumors are at a slightly higher risk of having any sort of serious surgical issue.
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