What is the Endocrine System?
The endocrine system is a complex collection of glands throughout the body. In the neck, you can find the thyroid and parathyroid glands, then the adrenal glands sit on the top of each kidney, the pancreas, and the female ovaries and male testicles, the system works together to produce hormones that regulate metabolism, growth, development, reproduction, sleep, tissue function, and emotional well-being. There are primary and secondary endocrine functions that help the organs and cells work together.
When your physician performs testing that may indicate an endocrine disruption, often exploratory surgery can help to confirm or deny the test results and be an important part of your care plan. At Tampa Bay Surgical Group, we routinely help patients who have underperforming or malfunctioning endocrine glands. We offer in-office neck ultrasounds in our St. Petersburg office. We also perform exploratory biopsies with state-of-the-art equipment, minimally-invasive laparoscopic procedures to reduce recovery downtime and minimize scarring, and traditional operations if a care plans require.
Resolving endocrine gland issues can correct many illnesses and rebalance how other organs or cells may be compensating for the endocrine malfunction. Prolonged failure in any of the endocrine glands can have lasting side effects or symptoms. It’s better to be proactive to prevent fatigue in other areas of the body.