1. The Look of Graves

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    Graves’ disease is an autoimmune disorder affecting millions of Americans- mostly women, starting in their 20s and 30s. It’s caused by the thyroid overproducing hormones that control metabolism. “The most common thing that people know about Graves’ disease is you will start losing weight regardless of your appetite. The other thing you have is fast heartbeat,” says Dr. Heitham Ajlouni. He is an endocrinologist with Lee Memorial Health System. The overactive thyroid can also cause heat sensitivity, nervousness, frequent bowel movements, trouble sleeping and trouble getting pregnant. While noticeable, these symptoms may not add up quickly. But there are telltale signs written across a patient’s face. “Their eyeball will protrude in front of them and it’s called orbitopathy. So they have a special eye look. Also it can affect your skin, you can have non-pitting edema, swelling of your limb,” says Dr. Aljouni. Graves’ disease is the only form of hyperthyroidism that affects the eyes in this way. The bulging is the result of inflammation and swelling of tissue behind the eyes. It can also cause double-vision, which is why doctors keep a close eye on its progression. “Problems with irritation, redness, if it’s severe they can’t even close their eyes while they are sleeping. We have some measurements for the eye, so each visit we see if it’s advancing or not.” Drug therapy and thyroid surgery are both treatments for Graves’ eye issues may require additional treatment or surgery. But in people searching for a cause to their worrisome woes, their eyes may give them away. View More Health Matters video segments at leememorial.org/healthmatters/ Lee Memorial Health System in Fort Myers, FL is the largest network of medical care facilities in Southwest Florida and is highly respected for its expertise, innovation and quality of care. For nearly a century, we’ve been providing our community with everything from primary care treatment to highly specialized care services and robotic assisted surgeries. Visit leememorial.org

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    • Chelsea's Story: Thyroid Cancer

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      Chelsea is a young female singer who recently faced a tough challenge of dealing with thyroid cancer. With her singing career at stake, she came to meet with thyroid surgeon, Dr. Gregory Randolph. Using the nerve monitoring system developed by him, Dr. Randolph was able to preform a successful surgery. Watch Chelsea's story and learn more here: http://www.masseyeandear.org/specialties/otolaryngology/thyroid/

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      • Veracyte - Ultrasound Guided Fine Needle Aspiration of the Thyroid

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        Veracyte - Ultrasound Guided Fine Needle Aspiration of the Thyroid. www.VideoBuilders.net

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        • In the Know about Thyroid Surgery

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          Your thyroid is a butterfly-shaped gland situated at the front of your neck. It makes a hormone that controls growth and metabolism. People most commonly have their thyroid removed if they show suspicious growths. “Most of the time it’s because they have a mass in the thyroid, they feel it or sometimes they have problems swallowing. And occasionally have respiratory wheezing because it’s compressing on their windpipe,” says Dr. William Kokal, general surgeon with Lee Memorial Health System. A primary concern is cancer. “Say you came in with a thyroid mass, we’d set you up for an ultrasound guided biopsy. We would have that done, see you back and then discuss the results. And then if that were suspicious for cancer, you’d have surgery,” says Dr. Kokal. Thyroid removal or a thyroidectomy may also be performed to remove a large goiter, or treat hyperthyroidism. Surgeons make their incision along the crease of the neck to minimize noticeable scarring. “In general it’s a pretty safe procedure. The two most common problems are vocal cord injury and temporary vocal cord injury; which occurs in about 10%, meaning the voice eventually comes back,” says Dr. Kokal. People can get by without a thyroid, but it requires lifelong hormone therapy. “They have thyroid mediations, you take once a day, it will totally replace your thyroid function without problems,” says Dr. Kokal. How fast you recover depends on your age and overall health. View More Health Matters video segments at leememorial.org/healthmatters/ Lee Memorial Health System in Fort Myers, FL is the largest network of medical care facilities in Southwest Florida and is highly respected for its expertise, innovation and quality of care. For nearly a century, we’ve been providing our community with everything from primary care treatment to highly specialized care services and robotic assisted surgeries. Visit leememorial.org

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          • Personalized Surgical Care - Brookings Health System; Brookings SD

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            Get more information about surgical services in Brookings at http://brookingshealth.org/Surgery. Watch Vikki Robertson of Brookings talk about her recent surgery experience at Brookings Health System with Dr. Oey.

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            • Nothing Showing After Thyroid Surgery

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              Quite literally a pain in the neck, millions of Americans suffer from thyroid problems. Abnormalities in this butterfly shaped gland in the neck can range from discomfort to cancer. “There are two components with thyroid surgery. One is a question of a cancer. The other question, the other issue is enlargement of the gland. When the gland gets larger and larger, sometimes you can’t swallow, have trouble breathing,” says Dr. Jacob Goldberger, a general surgeon on Lee Memorial Health System’s medical staff. When a growth in the thyroid is cancerous, the entire gland is most often removed. It used to be major surgery leaving behind a large, unattractive incision across the neck. “Doing surgery to the abdominal cavity or the legs, the neck is a very, very important anatomical mark for most people. So they don’t, feel comfortable with any encroachment of the neck,” says Dr. Goldberger. The neck is valuable real estate, and a big scar is a real concern for many people especially when they want to be comfortable putting their ‘best face’ forward. “What’s reassuring is that we’ve developed techniques over years, that we can access to get into the thyroid with small incision, non-disfiguring incision; at the end of three or four months that you can’t even tell you had surgery,” says Dr. Goldberger. People heal differently so some scars will be more visible than others. But an experienced surgeon operating through smaller incisions can go a long way in helping you save face. “Particularly in people who have nice little creases and that, the patient is reassured that he will not walk around with a very deforming, ugly scar on the neck,” says Dr. Goldberger. View More Health Matters video segments at leememorial.org/healthmatters/ Lee Memorial Health System in Fort Myers, FL is the largest network of medical care facilities in Southwest Florida and is highly respected for its expertise, innovation and quality of care. For nearly a century, we've been providing our community with everything from primary care treatment to highly specialized care services and robotic assisted surgeries. Visit leememorial.org

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              • What is minimally invasive endocrine surgery?

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                Dr. William B. Inabnet describes robotic and endoscopic assisted procedures that can be performed on the endocrine system. One of the advantages of our program is that we are able to take approaches from many operations and apply them to the endocrine system. One example is endoscopic thyroid surgery, which has greater benefits for the patients. This is just one of the areas we are actively studying in our program. For more information, call: 1-800-MD-SINAI.

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