Our endocrine surgeons are particularly knowledgeable in the management of goiters and thyroid cancer. To accurately diagnose the thyroid problem, we work with UChicago Medicine radiologists, endocrinologists and pathologists to perform preoperative testing. We use fine needle aspiration of thyroid nodules and laboratory testing to determine which thyroid nodules require surgery.
Most thyroid surgeries can be performed through small incisions, using advanced minimally invasive techniques. UChicago Medicine was the first hospital in the Midwest to offer scarless thyroid surgery, which is performed through the inner surface of the lower lip. Patients go home without any visible scars.
Our multidisciplinary approach to care means thyroid patients receive coordinated medical and surgical care. For instance, in conjunction with our nationally ranked cancer program, thyroid cancer patients may receive radioiodine therapy, as well as chemotherapy and radiation, in addition to surgery. UChicago Medicine also offers genetic counseling for patients with a potential familial risk of developing thyroid cancers.