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Capital Otolaryngology

Thyroid & Parathyroid Surgical Care

Capital Otolaryngology

The surgeons at Capital Otolaryngology have developed minimally invasive surgical techniques that allow thyroid and parathyroid surgery to be performed on an outpatient basis in most cases. Our techniques allow your procedure to be performed through small incisions hidden in natural skin creases for rapid recovery and early return to work and play.

Our extensive experience reduces the risks commonly associated with thyroid and parathyroid surgery. The physicians at Capital Otolaryngology also work closely with your endocrinologist and primary physician to provide comprehensive management and follow up.

Common thyroid conditions we treat include:

Thyroid Nodules

Evaluation with thyroid ultrasound, nuclear medicine scans, and needle aspiration biopsies are typically done for thyroid nodules that are suspicious for cancer. We can work through this process with you and describe in detail the findings and their meaning.

If removal of the nodule is necessary, we typically perform this procedure as a minimally invasive outpatient procedure. Frozen section evaluation of the tumor is done on the spot to determine if cancer is present so that appropriate steps can be taken.

Thyroid Cysts

Sometimes benign cysts rapidly fill within the thyroid, causing visible tumors in the neck. If these cysts tend to refill after aspiration, removal may be the best option. Our minimally invasive outpatient techniques can make removal easier and help speed recovery.

Thyroid Cancer

There are multiple types of thyroid cancer but most are readily curable with the correct treatment. The specialists here at Capital Otolaryngology can perform removal of the thyroid and any affected lymph nodes with minimally invasive techniques.

Many patients go home the same day of surgery. Our extensive experience and close coordination with your endocrinologist provides you the best possible care.

Parathyroid Tumors

Parathyroid glands are four small glands in the neck, typically about the size of a grain of rice. They are closely associated with the thyroid and share a blood supply. These glands control the calcium level in your body.

Tumors on these glands (parathyroid adenomas) cause elevated calcium in the blood and urine, which can lead to problems such as kidney stones, hypertension, constipation, and mental disorders.

The specialists at Capital Otolaryngology perform minimally invasive removal of these tumors with the assistance of preoperative nuclear localization studies. Our extensive experience in managing these tumors enables us to assist in the most challenging of cases.

For more information about surgical treatment for thyroid and parathyroid disorders, contact Capital Otolaryngology in Austin, Texas at (512) 339-4040 or in Lakeway at (512) 682-4798, or use our appointment request form.

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