What is thyroid gland?
Our body has many glands inside. All glands in the body produce something. Glands that produce proteins and release them in the blood stream are called endocrine glands. The thyroid is an endocrine gland. The proteins thus produced are called hormones.
Evaluation of thyroid gland includes the Ultrasound examination of the thyroid gland. This is a painless and simple test and gives information regarding the size and structure of the thyroid gland. If there are nodules in the thyroid they may be revealed by this test. If there are nodules then under the ultrasound guidance a small tissue sample may be obtained to check whether or not there is any malignant tumor. This is called Ultrasound guided thyroid biopsy.
What is Thyroidectomy and how is it done?
Thyroidectomy is a surgical procedure done under general anesthesia in a hospital. The procedure includes a 4 to 6 inch incision in the front of the neck. I would then remove a part or all of the thyroid gland depending upon the underlying condition. This involves 2 to 3 day hospitalization. The recovery time is 4 to 6 weeks.
How do I know if I have thyroid problem?
You have to discuss your symptoms with your doctor. Your doctor may order simple blood tests and if necessary your doctor may obtain further evaluation. You may contact our office to make an appointment.
If you have any question regarding thyroid problems please call our office at (559) 782 8533 to make an appointment with Dr. Pandya.