The endocrine system incorporates a number of glands that are involved with some of the body’s most crucial processes, including metabolism, tissue function, reproduction, sleep, and mood. Problems with the endocrine system can lead to a wide range of symptoms that can be difficult for non-specialists to diagnose and treat. Many problems of the endocrine system, including nodules and suspected cancers, are most effectively treated surgically.
Endocrine surgery is a surgical subspecialty focusing on surgery of the endocrine glands, including the thyroid gland, the parathyroid glands, the adrenal glands, glands of the endocrine pancreas, and some neuroendocrine glands. While this specialized study requires advanced and focused training, endocrine surgeons provide comprehensive treatment for both adult and pediatric patients. Their goal is to treat the patient as a whole to ensure the best possible outcome.