Surgical Endocrine Clinic
Endocrine surgery focuses on surgery of the endocrine glands, including the thyroid gland, the parathyroid glands, the adrenal glands, glands of the endocrine pancreas, and other neuroendocrine glands.
Endocrine surgery is a new, evolving discipline.
Endocrine surgery has developed as a sub-specialty surgical category because of the technical nature of these operations and the associated risks of operating in the neck. It is well established that complications are much less common if performed in units who do at least 100 thyroid operations per year.
Surgery of the thyroid gland constitutes the bulk of endocrine surgical procedures worldwide. This may be done for a variety of conditions, ranging from benign multinodular goiter to thyroid cancer.
Operations involve removal of the thyroid gland (thyroidectomy) either as a part of the gland (lobectomy or hemithyroidectomy), or the whole gland (total thyroidectomy).
Complication of surgery, when performed in a high volume unit are rare.
Removal of the parathyroid gland(s) is referred to as parathyroidectomy, usually performed for primary hyperparathyroidism to treat hypercalcaemia.
Adrenalectomy, i.e surgical removal of the adrenal gland is done for conditions such as Conn syndrome, pheochromocytoma and adreno-cortical cancer. These conditions are diagnosed in conjunction with the medical endocrine service.