Adrenal surgery

When is this performed? When there is a specific adrenal lesion that over produces hormones, e.g. Conn`s syndrome, phaeochromocytoma When a malignant adrenal lesion cannot be ruled out, e.g. lesion greater than 5cm or lesion enlarging at fast rate Both…

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Hypopitutarism

Who it affects Hypopituitarism is an uncommon disorder affecting 45 per 100,000 people. Its causes include: surgical removal of a pituitary tumour, radiation of the pituitary, infections and tumours (usually benign). What gland is involved The pituitary gland is situated…

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Hyperparathyroidism

Who it affects Hyperparathyroidism is an uncommon disorder affecting 1 in 500 people. What gland is involved There are usually 4 parathyroid gland that lie just behind the thyroid gland (see above). There is a lower and upper gland on…

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Thyroid surgery

When is this performed? In the treatment of an over active thyroid For the removal of a large thyroid For the removal of a thyroid nodule or lesion What does the treatment involve? Receiving an anaesthetic - usually general anaesthetic…

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Pituitary surgery

When is this performed? To remove completely a pituitary lesion that is producing excess hormone To remove completely or reduce in size a pituitary lesion that is pressing on local structures, e.g. nerves supplying the eyes What does the treatment…

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Parathyroid surgery

When is this performed? In patients with one or more over active parathyroid glands In parathyroid cancer What does the treatment involve? Surgery can be performed using various approaches depending on the nature of the illness being treated and your…

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Obesity dictionary

Bariatric surgery An umbrella term for different types of surgery used in the treatment of obesity. Procedures can be divided into restrictive, mal-absorptive and combination procedures (restrictive and mal-absorptive) BMI A calculation of weight (in Kg) divided by height squared…

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