Division of Thyroid, Parathyroid and Breast Services
The division undertakes surgical treatment of the diseases of thyroid gland, parathyroid glands and breast diseases.
Goiter is a common problem in Kerala. There is an increasing incidence of thyroid cancer all over the world and so is in our state also. Goiters may occur along with change in level of the hormones. Some of the goiters and all thyroid cancers are treated by operation. The division has an annual turnover of about 500 thyroid diseases and is equipped to undertake treatment of all thyroid diseases. The rate of complication is very low and comparable with international standards. The division conducts regular interdepartmental discussions with Department of Endocrinology and Department of Nuclear Medicine to decide the appropriate treatment.
Hyperparathyroidism is rare and so the diagnosis is usually very much delayed. The patient may suffer from bone pain, fractures, renal stones and abdominal pain. Advanced laboratory services and scan facilities are required for correct diagnosis and treatment of hyperparathyroidism. The institution is well equipped with all facilities for proper treatment of hyperparathyroidism. Parathyroidectomy is a delicate operation requiring trained surgeons and sophisticated equipment. We have successfully operated about 175 patients in last 10 years.
Breast diseases are very common and form a bulk of surgical outpatient consultations. But breast cancers form only one third of these patients. Pain is not a typical feature of breast cancer. Painless breast swelling in women above 40 years requires proper assessment with mammogram and needle biopsy. The division is supported by well-trained radiologists and pathologists in arriving at correct diagnosis. The division conducts regular discussions with Radiation Oncology and Medical Oncology in planning and instituting proper management of breast cancer. The division encourages breast conservation whenever possible. We do undertake onco-plastic procedures so that patient does not have to worry about disfigurement.