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David A. Kloss

M.D., F.A.C.S.
Phone: (218) 631-3510

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    Endocrinologist Recommendation

    Thyroid Surgery

    The thyroid is a butterfly shaped gland in the front of your neck which helps control your metabolism. It is located just below your "Adam's apple". It is a part of our endocrine system like the adrenal glands, the pancreas, the pituitary gland and the parathyroid glands.

    The thyroid is responsible for regulating our overall metabolism.

    Occasionally patients suffer and under active thyroid (hypothyroidism) and suffer general fatigue, malaise, unexplained weight gain, change in hair and finger nail texture and loss of hair. Also, a person suffering from hypothyroidism complains of being cold all of the time. Typically, hypothyroidism is treated with Synthroid®; this is a replacement for the body's natural thyroid hormone.

    The opposite problem is hyperthyroidism or an overactive thyroid. In this situation, the thyroid gland is putting out too much of the thyroid hormone: thyroxin. A person with this condition suffers from unexplained weight loss, fast heart rate (tachycardia), anxiousness, and a sense of being hot all of the time. Sometimes, hyperthyroidism is caused by an infection or an auto immune disease called Graves's disease. This disease can often time be treated medically or with nuclear radioactive iodine; but on occasion a patient may not tolerate the necessary medications and surgical resection of the thyroid is necessary. This operation is called a thyroidectomy.

    Dr. Kloss usually becomes involved with a patient with thyroid disease for a solid lump or nodule in the thyroid. Concern over thyroid cancer is raised and the surgeon is consulted by a patient's primary care doctor. Although thyroid cancer is relatively rare, it is a serious long term condition. It can often times be diagnosed with a small needle biopsy (fine needle aspiration) right in the office. Other tests helpful to Dr. Kloss include a thyroid ultrasound, a nuclear thyroid scan and thyroid function tests (blood work).

    Thyroid cancer and/or a suspicious nodule in the thyroid are most commonly treated with surgery. Sometimes only one half of the thyroid needs to be removed (hemithyroidectomy); the other half of the thyroid can be left in the body and will function normally. If a total thyroidectomy is done, then the patient will need to take replacement hormone for a lifetime (e.g. Synthroid®).

    Dr. Kloss is a board certified general surgeon with a keen interest in thyroid and parathyroid surgery. He has a broad understanding of the medical and surgical issues surrounding thyroid diseases and the very fine and delicate surgical technique necessary for this operation. He uses the most advanced surgical tools and anesthetic monitoring devices to make your thyroid surgery as safe as possible. Although not a thyroid surgical specialist, Dr. Kloss' practice in the Tri-County area surrounding Wadena includes thyroid diseases because of his keen interest in this area. Many of the area endocrinologists and primary care physicians refer their patients to Dr. Kloss when thyroid surgery is necessary because they have come to trust his surgical judgment and skill.

    Thyroid surgery can be an outpatient operation depending upon the extent of the resection. A patient who has only half of the thyroid resected most commonly can go home on the same day! However, a patient who undergoes a total thyroidectomy will be required to stay overnight in the hospital.

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