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Expert Care and Personalized Attention is What Makes the TGH Thyroid & Parathyroid Institute a World-Class Treatment Center

118194_DEThe TGH Thyroid & Parathyroid Institute, led by Gary Clayman, M.D., and James Norman, M.D., specializes in the surgical treatment of thyroid and parathyroid disorders. Chosen as one of America's Best Hospitals for Diabetes & Endocrinology by U.S. News & World Report for 2017-18, Tampa General Hospital provides a broad spectrum of services for thyroid and parathyroid conditions, including diagnostic testing and minimally invasive surgery. What's more, our surgeons take a very proactive approach when it comes to communicating with patients and always provide their direct contact information so they can be easily reached to answer questions before and after procedures. 

Where Is the Thyroid Gland and What Does it Do?

The thyroid gland is a butterfly-shaped gland that sits just below the Adam’s apple and wraps around the front of the windpipe in the neck. The hormones produced by the thyroid gland control the rate of several important processes in the body related to metabolism, including the ability to burn calories and the rate of the heartbeat. There are several types of thyroid disorders and cancer which can affect this gland, and can be treated surgically at the TGH Thyroid & Parathyroid Institute. 

What Are the Parathyroid Glands?

The parathyroid glands are a group of four smaller glands located on the thyroid that manufacture parathyroid hormone (PTH), which regulates the balance of calcium and phosphorous in the blood stream. If a tumor develops in a parathyroid gland, hyperparathyroidism (parathyroid disease) can develop and lead to high calcium in the blood and tumor symptoms such as kidney stones, osteoporosis, excessive urination, depression, and lack of energy. The treatment for hyperparathyroidism is surgery to remove the tumor, so the gland can return to normal function.

What Makes the TGH Thyroid & Parathyroid Institute Special?

Our institute is dedicated solely to parathyroid and thyroid patients, which means our staff is highly experienced in all facts of diagnostic testing and treatment. For example, our sonographers have performed more than 30,000 thyroid ultrasounds and are extremely skilled in obtaining clear and detailed images of this complex gland. Our surgeons are world leaders in their field and perform innovative procedures thousands of times each year to treat thyroid cancer and parathyroid disorders. These procedures include minimally invasive thyroid surgery and thyroidectomies to treat thyroid tumors, and minimally invasive radioguided parathyroid (MIRP) surgery to treat parathyroid tumors and hyperparathyroidism. Patients from all areas of the United States and the world come to the TGH Thyroid & Parathyroid Institute to receive the care they need from experienced physicians who can properly diagnose and treat their conditions. 

Click here to watch a video of a minimally invasive radioguided parathyroid surgery.

Click here to watch a video about a TGH patient’s experience at the TGH Thyroid & Parathyroid Institute.