Advanced Technologies for Thyroid & Parathyroid Disorders
High-definition cameras provide detailed, magnified views of the important structures during surgery. These cameras are used during endoscopic thyroidectomy (thyroid surgery) and endoscopic parathyroidectomy (parathyroid surgery).
Intraoperative parathyroid hormone monitoring
The goal of parathyroid surgery is to lower the level of parathyroid hormone in the blood. These quick blood tests measure parathyroid hormone levels during surgery, so our surgeons can be sure the operation is successful. These tests allow many patients to have minimally invasive parathyroid surgery, which uses smaller incisions and results in a smaller scar.
Laryngeal nerve monitoring
The nerves that control the voice box -- the laryngeal nerves -- lie just underneath the thyroid gland. Our thyroid and parathyroid surgeons are careful to avoid any injury to these nerves. However, we also use special technology to help protect these nerves during surgery. Laryngeal nerve monitoring adds another level of safety to thyroid and parathyroid surgery.
Ultrasound imaging can provide pictures of the body like an x-ray, but without radiation exposure. Because of its safety, ease of use, and portability, ultrasound has become an important technology for surgeons performing thyroid and parathyroid surgery. Our surgeons use ultrasound machines prior to surgery to help plan patients’ procedures. Ultrasound is particularly important for the success of endoscopic and minimally invasive parathyroidectomy.
We’re among only a few medical centers in the U.S. to offer robotic facelift thyroid surgery, which allows our surgeons to perform delicate operations in difficult-to-reach places while giving patients decreased pain, smaller incisions, and a faster recovery.