Endocrine Surgery

Endocrine surgery refers to operations on one or more of the

endocrine glands

. These glands secrete

hormones

into the bloodstream, and have an important influence over the functions of almost all cells in the body. Endocrine surgeons are surgeons with special expertise and training in operations on a number of the endocrine glands including the

thyroid gland

, the

parathyroid glands

, the

adrenal glands

, the

endocrine pancreas

, and some

neuroendocrine glands

. Endocrine surgeons work closely with their medical colleagues,

endocrinologists

, who are often the doctors who will be responsible for both the initial diagnosis and investigation of endocrine disorders. Endocrine surgeons also work with

nuclear medicine physicians

,

radiologists

,

pathologists

,

geneticists

and

anaesthetists

.

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