Thyroid & Parathyroid Treatment & Surgery at Advanced Specialty Care
Head, Neck & Thyroid Surgeons Dr. Dov Bloch, Dr. Michael Bard and Dr. Jay Klarsfeld at Advanced Specialty Care in Connecticut perform minimally invasive thyroid and parathyroid surgery using the latest state-of-the-art techniques.
Our surgeons are Board-Certified ENT Specialists and Head & Neck Surgeons who regularly evaluate and treat thyroid and parathyroid disorders, benign and malignant head & neck tumors, goiters, thyroid nodules, voice & swallowing disorders and more.
Whether we are diagnosing or providing surgical care, our medical team will work with you, your primary care doctor and an Endocrinologist, when necessary, to determine the best treatment plan for your individual case.
What Does the Thyroid Gland Do?
Your thyroid gland makes thyroid hormones which regulates your metabolism. The thyroid gland is located in the middle of the lower portion of your neck, just below the larynx (voice box). It is shaped like a bowtie with 2 halves (lobes) joined by a small bar of tissue called the isthmus. It is found just above the collarbones but when enlarged, can extend into the upper chest.
Thyroid Gland Disorders
Diseases of the thyroid gland are very common, affecting millions of Americans. The most common thyroid problems are:
Thyroid Disease Treatment Options
All treatment plans are individualized for you by our Center’s members as a team in consultation with your Primary Care Physician and, when appropriate, an Endocrinologist.
What Does the Parathyroid Gland Do?
The parathyroid gland makes a hormone, parathyroid hormone (PTH) which regulates calcium levels in the body. Everyone has at least 4 parathyroid glands, rarely, there are 5 or 6 glands. Normal parathyroid glands are the size of lentil beans. They are usually located adjacent to the thyroid gland with 2 on each side. However, parathyroid glands can be located anywhere from within the chest to under the jaw bone.
The most common disorder affecting the parathyroid gland is Primary Hyperparathyroidism. Whereby one or more of the parathyroid glands enlarge, secreting too much PTH. Excess PTH causes calcium levels in the blood to rise while depleting calcium from the bones. The loss of calcium from the bones may weaken them making them more prone to fractures due to Osteoporosis. Elevated blood levels of calcium are a known cause of kidney stones and may bring on symptoms including depression, lethargy, body aches and mood swings. Parathyroid cancer is extremely rare.
How is Primary Hyperparathyroidism Diagnosed?
Diagnosis of Primary Hyperparathyroidism may include the following tests:
When the diagnosis of Primary Hyperparathyroidism is made, a discussion with you & our team in order to decide if surgery is appropriate for your condition. Many times we prefer to take a “Watch and See” approach if the disease is in its early stages.
Thyroid & Parathyroid Surgery at Advanced Specialty Care in Connecticut
What sets Advanced Specialty Care apart from other practices?
At Advanced Specialty Care, all of our Board Certified Head & Neck Surgeons approach inpatient care in a similar manner; utilizing the most advanced technology & surgical methods in order to ensure patient safety & optimal results.