Thyroid Surgery in Sydney

The

thyroid gland

is located in the lower part of the neck, below the Adam’s apple, wrapped around the trachea (windpipe). It produces hormones which help regulate the heart rate, blood pressure, body temperature and metabolism (the rate at which food is converted into energy). Thyroid disorders can include an

overactive

gland, called

hyperthyroidism

, or an

underactive

gland, called

hypothyroidism

. Both can result in an enlarged thyroid gland. Sometimes surgery is required to remove the thyroid gland. A thyroid nodule is a small swelling or lump in the thyroid gland. They are usually examined with imaging such as ultrasound or MRI, and a fine-needle aspiration biopsy, a relatively painless procedure to take tissue fluid samples from the nodule. Thyroid surgery may be required when: the biopsy indicates the nodule is cancerous; the nodules are getting bigger; or the trachea or oesophagus is compressed because the thyroid is very large. Thyroid surgery involves removing part or all of the thyroid gland, under general anaesthesia. Usually, the lobe of the thyroid gland containing the nodule lump is removed. An analysis of tissue will determine if the rest of the thyroid gland should be removed, during the same surgery. (Alternatively, surgery may be done at a later date.) The patient may be required to undergo

thyroid replacement treatment

if the gland is removed.

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Areas of Special Interest: Thyroid, Parathyroid & Adrenal Surgery, Re-operative & Recurrent Thyroid & Parathyroid disease, Adrenal & Neuroendocrine disease . . . .

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Sydney

We are a group of medical specialists comprising endocrinologists, general physicians and a nephrologist. We manage a range of conditions that include diabetes, overweight and obesity, hypertension. . . .

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Sydney

Dr Michael Farrell specialises in Adult and Paediatric ENT, Sinus Surgery, Head, Neck, Parotid and Thyroid Surgery, Laryngology/Voice Disorders

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Sydney

Breast and Reconstructive Surgeon, Thyroid Surgeon. . . .

Sydney

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Head & Neck, Thyroid/parathyroid, Salivary Gland, Minimally invasive laser surgery . . . .

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