Endocrine Surgery at Rhode Island Hospital
The endocrine surgery department at Rhode Island Hospital specializes in the operative management of diseases of the thyroid, parathyroid, adrenal and endocrine pancreas.
The department specializes in surgeon-performed ultrasound of the thyroid and ultrasound-guided biopsy of thyroid nodules, which can be performed at the time of initial consultation.
Parathyroidectomy for primary hyperparathyroidism is routinely performed through a small 3 cm incision, with minimal post-operative pain. Most patients return home the same day. Surgeon-performed ultrasound is routinely used for pre-operative parathyroid localization.
Adrenal diseases include hormone secreting tumors that can cause Cushings syndrome, pheochromocytoma, and hyperaldosteronism. Rarely adrenal tumors are primary adrenal cortical cancers or metastases from other primary tumors. The department specializes in laparoscopic adrenalectomy, which can be performed via either a trans-abdominal approach or a retroperitoneal approach
Pancreatic neuroendocrine tumors include gastrinomas, insulinomas, and other rare functioning tumors, as well as non-secreting tumors. The department specializes in the complex evaluation and management of these neoplasms.
Research is currently being conducted to learn more about endocrine diseases and how they affect our patients.