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The thyroid gland is an important component of the endocrine system. The hormones it produces can have different effects on heart rate, metabolism, body temperature regulation, and the healthy function of several internal organs.

Sometimes even a minor problem with the thyroid gland, at the base of the throat, can have a profound effect on your quality of life.

Thyroid cancer can profoundly alter the healthy operation and hormone production of the thyroid gland. This might require a treatment plan developed by your oncologist. Some thyroid cases like this also require surgical intervention to remove an affected region of the thyroid gland.

This might call for Dr. Birriel and his staff to surgically excise a portion of the thyroid gland, or to remove a growth or tumor to prevent metastasis.

Surgery of this nature can take two to three hours and generally requires full sedation. Afterward, Dr. Birriel will help you understand any possible recovery measures to help the affected tissues heal with a reduced chance of infection and other possible complications.

If you have a thyroid concern, or you have been diagnosed with thyroid cancer that requires surgical intervention, you can always call 985-384-7173 to schedule a consultation appointment at Dr. Birriel’s Morgan City, Louisiana surgical clinic.