Head and Neck Disorders Treatment

Thyroid Disease/Surgery – The thyroid is a butterfly-shaped gland in your neck that secretes a hormone that regulates the rate your body uses energy from food. This process can be disrupted by an overactive thyroid (hyperthyroidism), underactive thyroid (hypothyroidism), enlarged thyroid (goiter), inflammation of the thyroid (thyroiditis), nodules, or tumors. The optimal treatment for thyroid disease is removal of part or all of the thyroid, typically through a small incision in the neck. Tampa General provides the following services for those diagnosed with thyroid disease:

  • Treatment of all benign and malignant masses/nodules of the thyroid including massive thyroid goiters
  • Neck dissections associated with thyroid surgery
  • Parathyroid surgery
  • Long-term surveillance of thyroid patients
  • Radioactive iodine nuclear imaging including PET/CT imaging
  • Vocal and swallowing rehabilitation associated with thyroid surgery

Minimally Invasive Radioguided Parathyroid (MIRP) Surgery –TGH has the only surgeon in the U.S., performing this procedure for the treatment of parathyroid tumors. MIRP Parathryoid Surgery has the highest cure rate and is the least invasive of all parathyroid operations. The technique uses intraoperative nuclear mapping—a method that allows virtually all parathyroid operations to be performed through a one inch incision with the least amount of dissection. The surgeon uses a special probe that can determine which parathyroid glands are normal, which are bad and where each of these parathyroid glands are located in the neck. This allows diseased glands to be removed while preventing the removal of normal glands. For more information about Tampa General's Parathyroid Center and MIRP, click here.

Skull Base Surgery – Skull base surgery is performed to treat brain, spine, and peripheral nerve disorders, including brain aneurysms, brain and spinal cord tumors, vascular malformations, cranial bleeding, and complex spinal disorders in both adults and children.  Tampa General Hospital treats both lateral and anterior skull base disorders including:

  • Meningiomas
  • Acoustic Neuromas
  • Jugular Tumors
  • Sinus carcinoma
  • Sinus masses
  • Orbital tumors
  • Pituitary masses
  • Advanced allergic fungal sinusitis

In addition, special services include:

  • Minimally invasive pituitary surgery
  • Minimally-invasive endonasal skull base surgery
  • Interoperative image-guided surgery

Transphenoidal Pituitary Resections – A surgery in which physicians go through a patient’s nostril to remove a tumor on the pituitary gland, located at the base of the brain behind the nose.