People living in Long Beach, CA with thyroid problems looking for information regarding thyroid disorders and surgical treatment should consider making an appointment with Dr. Jesse Tan and Dr. Jesus Tan of the Tan Head and Neck Center.
Why would I need thyroid surgery?
First, thyroid issues are fairly common and like anything, some situations are more serious than others. For example, if you have major swelling in your neck or have difficulty breathing or swallowing, it may be indicative of a serious problem. Chances are you will be checked for growths, cysts or tumors. If found, a biopsy may be necessary, and if that biopsy indicates a problem such as a malignancy, your Long Beach ENT will likely recommend surgery.
According to the American Academy of Otolaryngology, thyroid surgery usually entails first removing the section, or lobe, of the thyroid where the growth has been found. Usually, a surgeon will take what is known as a frozen section, basically a microscope slide tissue sample, for further analysis. Based on the findings of that frozen sample, the surgeon will decide the next course of action, be it the removal of the remaining lobe, the entire thyroid, or in some cases the thyroid and other nearby tissues in the neck. Depending on your situation, your doctor may be able to use advanced robotic head and neck surgery to perform your thyroid procedure. This type of surgery is minimally invasive and requires a smaller incision. Your doctor will discuss all of these options with you prior to your surgery to determine which is the best course of action.
While the prospect of thyroid surgery may be frightening, having a caring, qualified specialist such working with you can help allay some of those fears.
If you are seeking the services of a qualified head and neck surgeon and ENT specialist in Long Beach, CA, consider contacting Tan Head and Neck Center. For more information or to make an appointment call (562) 988-8818.