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Is a thyroidectomy right for you?
The thyroid might be small but it plays a key role in body temperature regulation, hormones, nervous system function, heart rate and more. So when your thyroid starts to act up you may begin to notice weight gain or weight loss, hair loss, chronic fatigue and other problems. While our Thousand Oaks, Simi Valley, Oxnard, Camarillo, CA, ENT doctors can manage most thyroid problems without surgery, sometimes surgery is necessary. Surgery might be necessary if,
You Have an Excessively Large Goiter
A large and painful goiter (an enlargement of the thyroid) that impacts swallowing or breathing may mean turning to our Thousand Oaks, Simi Valley, Oxnard, Camarillo, CA for thyroid surgery. Surgery may remove only a part of the thyroid or the whole thing.
You Have an Overactive Thyroid
Hyperthyroidism or overactive thyroid occurs when excessive levels of thyroid hormones are produced by the gland. Most cases of hyperthyroidism can be managed with medications; however, if are unable to take any of these medications and you’ve either tried other therapies and treatment options (or have decided not to undergo certain therapies), then removing the overactive thyroid through surgery might be the best choice.
Nodules on the Thyroid
Unfortunately, not all nodules of the thyroid can be diagnosed as cancerous or noncancerous through biopsy methods. If this is the case, our ENT team may recommend surgery to remove the thyroid, especially if there is a chance that the nodules could be cancerous.
You Have Thyroid Cancer
This is a more obvious reason why you might need to undergo thyroid surgery. If cancer is present we may only need to remove a portion of the thyroid; however, if there is a chance for recurrence, or if cancer has spread outside the thyroid, then our team may recommend removing the entire thyroid gland.
If you think thyroid surgery might be right for you, it’s time to talk with our ENT doctors to find out. West Coast Ear, Nose and Throat is the premier ENT practice, providing thyroid treatment and surgery to individuals in Thousand Oaks, Simi Valley, Oxnard and Camarillo, CA. You can schedule your appointment in Thousand Oaks at (805) 379-9646, Simi Valley at (805) 527-7320, Oxnard at (805) 983-0395, and Camarillo at (805) 484-5929.
At West Coast Ear, Nose, and Throat, our doctors know that thyroid disorders are relatively common, and because of this, we understand the importance of thyroid testing, thyroid medication, and thyroid surgery in Thousand Oaks, Simi Valley, Oxnard, and Camarillo, CA.
What Are the Signs of Thyroid Issues?
Increased/Decreased Heart Rate
The health of the thyroid can have a direct impact on your cardiovascular health. For example, hyperthyroidism can result in an increased heart rate, while hypothyroidism can result in a slowed heart rate. With hyperthyroidism, your arteries may end up losing elasticity, leading to high blood pressure and high cholesterol levels. With hypothyroidism, you can develop high blood pressure as well, in addition to irregular, faster, harder heartbeats and chest pains.
Fatigue is incredibly common in those who have thyroid disorders. It tends to be the first sign of an issue. You may find that you are sleeping more or finding it hard to wake up in the morning and stay awake. These concerns are serious and may be a sign of an underlying issue, such as a thyroid problem, especially when presented with some of these other symptoms and should be discussed with your doctor.
Rapid weight gain and loss is yet another sign that you may have thyroid disease. When you don’t have enough energy to get up and around like usual, you can’t burn the normal number of calories to maintain your normal, healthy weight. On the flip side, when you have an excess amount of energy, your metabolism will work too quickly, resulting in rapid weight loss.
Some other signs of thyroid issues include the following:
● Body shakes
● Difficulty concentrating
● Hair thinning or loss
● Irritability or other mood issues
● Sensitivity to heat/cold
● Muscle aches
● Digestive issues
● Changes in sexual performance
● Changes in the menstrual cycle
How Are Thyroid Problems Treated?
As soon as you have identified the symptoms of a thyroid issue and believe you may have a thyroid problem, you may be curious about how it may be treated. Although other treatment options may be available, there are two primary ways for thyroid issues to be treated: medication and thyroid surgery in Thousand Oaks, Simi Valley, Oxnard, and Camarillo, CA.
There are numerous prescription medications that can be used to treat both types of thyroid issues. Some are in the form of a capsule or pill, while others come in the form of an injection. Depending on the extent of your disorder, medication may be the route to take.
In some cases, thyroid surgery is necessary to remove the thyroid. This tends to be the case with hyperthyroidism, as it can be resistant to medication. After the surgery, medication is usually prescribed.
If you believe you are experiencing signs of thyroid issues, call (805) 379-9646, (805) 527-7320, (805) 983-0395, or (805) 484-5929 to schedule thyroid testing at West Coast Ear, Nose and Throat today. Afterward, we can help determine the best course of action, be it thyroid medication or thyroid surgery in Thousand Oaks, Simi Valley, Oxnard, and Camarillo, CA.
Most of us have heard of the thyroid. It's often called the "master gland" because of its role in maintaining the body's metabolism. Just like other endocrine glands (such as the pancreas), the thyroid can malfunction or even develop cancer. In either case, thyroid surgery may be necessary. In Simi Valley, Camarillo, Ventura County and Thousand Oaks, CA, the otolaryngologists at West Coast ENT Head & Neck Surgery precisely diagnose and treat thyroid issues in patients of all ages. Read here about thyroid disorders and the surgeries which alleviate them.
Symptoms of thyroid problems
Your thyroid is an H-shaped gland located near the Adam's Apple in the neck. While the adrenal gland in your brain gives off TSH, or thyroid stimulating hormone, the thyroid gland secretes T3 and T4 which regulate your heart rate, temperature and other factors associated with metabolism.
While people of all ages suffer from thyroid malfunction and cancer, these problems are more prevalent in women during postpartum or post-menopause. Sometimes the thyroid secretes too much thyroxin and sometimes, too little.
With hypothyroidism (too little of the hormone), sufferers often gain weight, lose hair and are generally listless. With hyperthyroidism (Graves' Disease), the opposite is true. Patients lose weight, sweat, feel irritable and suffer from insomnia.
Additionally, some individuals develop benign tumors of the thyroid (nodules) or fluid-filled cysts. Others fall prey to thyroid malignancies. In fact, according to the American Cancer Society, about 54,000 new cases of thyroid cancer are diagnosed annually in the United States, and yes, the majority of patients are women.
Treating the thyroid
Of course, treatment depends on several factors. At West Coast ENT Head & Neck Surgery, our doctors specialize in disorders of the thyroid and also perform thyroid surgery in Simi Valley, Camarillo, Ventura County and Thousand Oaks. Through physical examination, precise imaging and review of lab work and symptoms, these physicians accurately diagnose and treat a variety of thyroid problems.
While some issues may be treated with medication only (supplemental calcium or thyroxin, as examples), others require thyroid surgery. Thyroid cancer is a common reason to remove part or all of this endocrine gland.
Thyroid surgery in Simi Valley, Camarillo, Ventura County and Thousand Oaks
The American Association of Endocrine Surgeons says there are three categories of thyroidectomies. They include:
- Total thyroidectomy in which the entire gland is removed
- Lobectomy which removes part of the gland, typically for biopsy
- Completion thyroidectomy in which the rest of the gland is removed after a partial resection
Most thyroid patients have some scarring after surgery. However, the endoscopic techniques used by the doctors at West Coast ENT reduce the extent and the appearance of scars. Additionally, a majority of surgical patients take thyroid hormone replacement afterward.
The thyroid and its associated conditions really aren't mysterious. To understand it and to know when drug and surgery therapies are needed, talk to West Coast ENT Head & Neck Surgery. Their six physicians are highly skilled and experienced. They'll help you be well-informed and healthy, too. Call today for your consultation.
Are you scheduled for thyroid surgery? The ear, nose and throat doctors at West Coast Ear, Nose and Throat in Simi Valley, Oxnard, Camarillo and Thousand Oaks, CA explain how you should prepare for your procedure.
Schedule your presurgical testing
Make sure you complete your presurgical testing as soon as possible. Failing to schedule testing by the deadline may mean that you'll have to reschedule your surgery. Testing is usually conducted within 30 days of your procedure. Presurgical testing offers a very effective way to identify any conditions or diseases that may affect your surgery or your treatment. You'll undergo a variety of tests, such as a chest X-ray, blood test and electrocardiogram (EKG). During the visit, you'll discuss your health and surgical history and meet with a member of the anesthesiology staff. If you take several medications, it may be helpful to make a list of the names and dosages of your medications before your appointment.
Follow the recommended schedule for stopping medications
Certain medications, both prescription and over-the-counter, and herbal supplements can worsen bleeding. Stop taking aspirin and vitamin E 10 days before surgery, herbal supplements seven days prior to your procedure and nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medications two days before surgery.
Get ready for the big day in Simi Valley, Oxnard, Camarillo and Thousand Oaks
Make sure you're prepared for surgery by following these guidelines:
- Stop eating solid foods at midnight. Ask your doctor if you can have clear foods or drinks after midnight. Don't eat or drink anything at least two hours before you surgery.
- Take important medications in the morning. Although you may need to stop some medications before surgery, your doctor may want you to continue to take others. Take these medications with as little water as possible.
- Leave jewelry at home.
- Don't bring large sums of money or other valuables with you.
- Don't wear makeup, perfume, lotion or powder the day of your surgery.
- Make sure that a family member or friend is available to drive you home and take care of you after surgery.
Making preparations for your thyroid surgery will help you ensure that there are no problems that could delay your procedure. If you have any questions about your surgery, call the doctors at doctors at West Coast Ear, Nose and Throat in Simi Valley, Oxnard, Camarillo and Thousand Oaks, CA.
Thyroid issues may require treatment in the form of surgery. However, determining you have a thyroid issue which requires surgical treatment can be overwhelming or confusing without any prior knowledge of thyroid issues. Find out more about the reasons behind thyroid surgery with your doctor at West Coast Ear, Nose and Throat in Simi Valley, Oxnard, Camarillo and Thousand Oaks, CA.
Conditions Commonly Treated with Thyroid Surgery
- Thyroid Cancer: Surgery is a common form of treatment for thyroid cancer. Depending on the size and stage of the cancer, your doctor removes part or all of the thyroid gland.
- Hyperthyroidism: This condition occurs when the thyroid produces too much thyroid hormone. Surgery to remove the thyroid gland can treat hyperthyroidism.
- Thyroid Nodules: Nodules are common, abnormal growths of tissue on the thyroid gland. They present themselves as a lump on the throat and are surgically removed. About 95% of thyroid nodules are non-cancerous.
Diagnosing Thyroid Problems
Your doctor can help you decide if thyroid surgery is your best treatment option. Diagnosing a thyroid condition often involves a physical examination alongside various testing to determine the amount of thyroid hormone in the blood. The testing itself begins by drawing the patient’s blood and sending it to a laboratory for analysis. Additionally, imagining tests like ultrasounds or a CT scan can help your doctor diagnose a thyroid disorder.
Thyroid Surgery in Simi Valley, Oxnard, Camarillo and Thousand Oaks
Thyroid surgery, usually performed under general anesthesia, is an inpatient procedure commonly requiring patients to stay in the hospital for a day or two afterwards. Recovery depends on your general health, age and the type of surgery performed. The surgeon makes a small incision in the neck to expose the thyroid. Depending on the type of surgery required for your condition, the surgeon removes part or all of the thyroid. You should take any medication as prescribed following the surgery and plan for several weeks of recovery time.
For more information on thyroid surgery or the conditions which require it, please contact your doctor at West Coast Ear, Nose and Throat in Simi Valley, Oxnard, Camarillo and Thousand Oaks, CA. Call to schedule your consultation for thyroid surgery today.