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If you need endocrine surgery, expect expert care at Essentia Health in Duluth and Brainerd, Minnesota. Our knowledgeable endocrine surgery team treats a wide range of gland and hormone disorders with surgery.
An endocrine surgeon is a general surgeon who has extra training in surgery of the thyroid, parathyroid, and adrenal glands.
The thyroid, parathyroid, and adrenal glands are part of the larger endocrine system, which also includes other glands. These endocrine glands make and release hormones into your blood that tell specific areas of the body how to function.
When your endocrine glands make too much or too little of a hormone, you may have an endocrine disorder. If you have an endocrine disorder and non-surgical treatments can’t manage or treat your condition, surgery may be an option. Our surgeons can also remove abnormal or cancerous growths on glands, such as thyroid cancer.
You’ll need a referral from your primary care provider or specialist, such as an endocrinologist, to see our endocrine surgeon.
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Your primary care doctor or endocrinologist may use lab tests and imaging to diagnose and help treat your condition. Once you’re considering surgery, our endocrine surgeon may also do diagnostic testing, including:
Our endocrine surgeons practice team-based care. They work side by side with a physician assistant during and after surgery to provide timely, well-rounded care.
Our endocrine surgery team performs a wide range of surgeries, including:
You may hear the term laparoscopic when talking about your treatment options. Laparoscopic surgery uses instruments that act as extensions of the hands and go into the stomach area. This allows the surgeon to make only a few small cuts and use a tiny camera to do the procedure.
Some endocrine surgeries may be done using robotic surgery, or machine-driven surgery. Robotic surgery can:
Ask your surgeon if robotic surgery is an option for you.
You’ll need a referral from your primary care provider or a specialist for this service.