If you or a loved one is affected by a thyroid, parathyroid or adrenal gland disorder that requires surgery, it’s important to know that Emerson Hospital is home to the only fellowship-trained endocrine surgeon in the greater Concord area.
Endocrine surgery is a relatively uncommon specialty — there are only about 300 endocrine surgeons in the entire United States — so the fact that Emerson has one of these highly-trained subspecialists underscores just how committed we are to serving the health needs of our community.
What’s more, Emerson Hospital has an affiliation with the respected Massachusetts General Hospital — giving you streamlined access to even more advanced endocrine surgery care should you have a complex condition that requires it.
The conditions our endocrine surgeon sees
Endocrine surgery is a subspecialty of general surgery
that focuses primarily on diseases of the thyroid, parathyroid and adrenal glands. These conditions include:
- Thyroid and parathyroid cancer
- Adrenal tumors
- Goiter (abnormal enlargement of the thyroid gland)
- Graves’ disease (an immune system disorder that results in overproduction of thyroid hormones, or hyperthyroidism)
- Hashimoto’s disease (also known as chronic lymphocytic thyroiditis, a condition in which the immune system attacks the thyroid, often leading to hypothyroidism, which is an underactive thyroid)
- Hyperparathyroidism, an abnormally high concentration of parathyroid hormone in the blood, resulting in weakening of the bones through loss of calcium
The endocrine surgery services we offer
We provide the full range of diagnostic and treatment services for endocrine-related disorders in adults that require surgery. The surgical services we offer include both open and minimally invasive techniques for:
- Adrenal gland surgery including removal of the adrenal gland (adrenalectomy)
- Parathyroid surgery to remove one or all four parathyroid glands (parathyroidectomy)
- Thyroid surgery including thyroid lobectomy (removal of half the thyroid gland) and total thyroidectomy (removal of the entire thyroid gland)
Importantly, each patient undergoes a thorough evaluation and consultation to determine if surgery is the right treatment for them.