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World-Class Expertise and Experience Make the TGH Parathyroid & Thyroid Institute a Global Destination

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The TGH Thyroid & Parathyroid Institute specializes in the evaluation and surgical treatment of thyroid and parathyroid disorders. Tampa General Hospital is also recognized by U.S. News & World Report as one of the nation's best hospitals and highest ranked in Florida for Ear, Nose & Throat.
More parathyroid operations have been performed at Tampa General than at any other hospital in the world.

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World-Renowned Parathyroid Surgeons

Our parathyroid surgeons, Dr. Douglas Politz and Dr. José Lopez, are two of the most experienced parathyroid surgeons in the world with a combined 25 years of experience and over 13,000 parathyroidectomies performed. They have dedicated their careers to parathyroid disease, combining this experience with superior knowledge and skill, complemented by their warm, engaging manner. Through their commitment to a personalized patient experience, they have received dozens of awards including Patients’ Choice Awards, Compassionate Doctor Awards, and Top Doctors Awards. They are co-authors of the largest study of parathyroid patients published in the medical literature (over 20,000).

What Are the Parathyroid Glands?

The parathyroid glands are a group of four smaller glands (each one is about the size of a grain of rice) located in very close proximity to the thyroid gland. They are not related to the thyroid’s function, but they happen to have a similar name because they are normally adjacent to the thyroid. The parathyroid glands have one purpose: regulate blood calcium levels. If the blood calcium level is too high (called hypercalcemia), it is usually due to parathyroid disease, most commonly caused by a benign parathyroid tumor. Parathyroid disease leads to symptoms and complications throughout the body, including feeling tired, run down, chronic fatigue, low energy, insomnia, memory loss, kidney stones, chronic kidney disease, and osteoporosis. The treatment for hyperparathyroidism is surgical removal of the parathyroid tumor.

What Makes the TGH Thyroid & Parathyroid Institute Special?

Our institute is dedicated solely to parathyroid and thyroid patients, which means our team is highly experienced in all facets of diagnostic testing and treatment. For example, our surgeons have performed more than 35,000 individual parathyroid gland examinations and are world leaders in their field, training the most experienced handful of parathyroid surgeons who have followed them in the field. Patients from all areas of the United States and the world have come to the TGH Parathyroid & Thyroid Institute to receive the care they need from experienced physicians who can properly diagnose and treat their conditions.