Endocrine Surgery Specialist

Michael Sutker, MD

Bariatric, General & Laparoscopic Surgeon located in Dallas, TX & McKinney, TX

When your glands aren't working as they should, your body can suffer severe effects from having hormone levels that are too high or too low. At his offices in Dallas and McKinney, Texas, Michael Sutker, MD, performs expert endocrine surgery to remove glands like the thyroid and adrenals when they are threatening your health. To benefit from his considerable expertise, call the Michael Sutker, MD, PA, office nearest you today or book an appointment online.

Endocrine Surgery Q&A

What is endocrine surgery?

Endocrine surgery refers to surgical procedures Dr. Sutker performs on your endocrine system, which consists of the glands and organs that produce hormones.

Hormones are vital chemical messengers that regulate essential functions all around your body. Glands that might require endocrine surgery include:

Thyroid gland

The thyroid gland is in your neck. It releases thyroid hormone into your body that helps maintain your metabolism and energy levels.

Parathyroid glands

There are four parathyroid glands behind your thyroid. Parathyroid hormone helps regulate levels of calcium in your body.

Adrenal glands

Your adrenal glands produce sex hormones as well as adrenaline and cortisol.

Why would I need endocrine surgery on my thyroid?

A hyperactive thyroid gland (hyperthyroidism) is one that produces too much of the hormone thyroxine and can cause symptoms like:

  • Heart palpitations
  • Sweating
  • Irritability
  • Decreased appetite
  • Weight loss

If medications aren't controlling your symptoms adequately, your endocrinologist might refer you to Dr. Sutker for endocrine surgery.

Another possibility is that you might find a cancerous mass by sensing a lump in your neck, or your primary care provider might discover an abnormality called a nodule or goiter. If the nodules are cancerous or a goiter is likely to cause difficulties breathing or swallowing, you need to undergo endocrine surgery.

Removal of the thyroid gland is called a thyroidectomy. Depending on the reason for your endocrine surgery, you might only need a partial thyroidectomy.

What other types of endocrine surgery might I need?

There are two other types of endocrine surgery that Dr. Sutker performs regularly:

Parathyroidectomy

If one or more of your parathyroid glands becomes hyperactive, it can release excessive quantities of parathyroid hormone into your bloodstream. This causes abnormally high calcium levels in your blood that can lead to problems like:

  • Low bone mineral density (osteopenia and osteoporosis)
  • Bone fractures
  • Kidney stones
  • Abdominal pain
  • Constipation
  • Mood changes and depression

If you have hyperactive parathyroid glands (hyperparathyroidism), Dr. Sutker can perform a parathyroidectomy. Your calcium levels then return to normal, and your symptoms resolve.

Adrenalectomy

Adrenalectomy involves removing one or both adrenal glands. Cysts and benign, malignant, and metastatic tumors (those that spread from other organs) on your adrenals glands can all cause an increase or decrease in hormone production that could result in serious health issues.

To find out more about endocrine surgery or schedule a consultation, call the Michael Sutker, MD, PA, office nearest you today or book an appointment online.