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Endocrine Surgery

The endocrine surgery specialists at Mission Surgery specialize in the diagnosis and treatment of conditions and disorders affecting the endocrine glands, including the thyroid, parathyroid and adrenal glands. As western North Carolina’s leader in general surgery, we perform more endocrine surgeries than any other hospital system in the region, ensuring you have access to an experienced team of surgeons dedicated to serving you with the best possible care. At Mission, we partner with primary care physicians and imaging specialists to provide a comprehensive, team-based approach to your care, and use advanced, minimally invasive surgical procedures, which may result in less scarring, faster recovery and shorter hospital stays.

Thyroid Surgery

The thyroid is a butterfly-shaped gland that lies in front of the windpipe, just below the voice box. It uses the iodine from food to make hormones that regulate the way your body uses energy. The thyroid can be susceptible to a variety of conditions, such as cysts, noncancerous (benign) nodules, thyroid cancer and, in rare cases, hyperthyroidism.

At Mission, our endocrine surgeons personalize care based on your specific needs and use minimally invasive procedures.

  • Total thyroidectomy: In the procedure, the surgeon removes the entire thyroid gland and the lymph nodes surrounding the gland.
  • Thyroid lobectomy with or without an isthmectomy: If thyroid nodules are located in one lobe, your surgeon will remove only that lobe, and may remove the isthmus, or the narrow band of tissue that connects the two lobes.

If you need thyroid surgery, your doctor will carefully discuss your treatment options with you, and will choose the procedure that is best for you.

Parathyroid Surgery

Parathyroid glands are four pea-sized glands located behind the thyroid gland that produce a hormone that helps control the amount of calcium in the blood. Hyperparathyroidism, a condition in which the parathyroid produces too much of the hormone, can occur when a benign tumor, or in rare cases, cancer, forms on one of the parathyroid glands and causes it to grow and become overactive. Parathyroidectomy, surgery to remove the parathyroid, is typically the best treatment option.

Adrenal Gland Surgery

Located above the kidneys, the adrenal gland produces important hormones that help control blood pressure, reaction to stress and breakdown of fats to make sugars in the liver. At Mission, our surgeons use minimally invasive laparoscopic procedures for benign and malignant tumors of the adrenal glands, allowing the surgeon to perform the surgery through a smaller incision using a camera and smaller instruments, resulting in a shorter hospital stay and faster recovery than traditional surgery.

For patients in which removing the adrenal gland is the best treatment option, we offer posterior retroperitoneoscopic adrenalectomy. This is a minimally invasive approach in which the surgeon performs the surgery through three small incisions on the back instead of through the belly, allowing for faster recovery times.