Bupa Cromwell Hospital’s endocrine surgery unit has been treating patients for over two decades, using the latest techniques to maximise the chance of a quick, successful resolution of thyroid disease.
Our endocrine surgeons work within a multi-discplinary team of specialists to provide the best possible service for the investigation, diagnosis and treatment of all endocrine surgical conditions. The team includes specialists in medical endocrinology, radiology, anaesthesia and pathology.
The lead surgeons also head up endocrine surgery units at high profile London teaching hospitals, and have been using laparoscopic ‘keyhole’ techniques for endocrine surgery for over 15 years.
Why choose Bupa Cromwell Hospital for your Endocrine surgery?
Our Endocrine Surgery Unit has been treating patients for over two decades, using the latest techniques to maximise the chance of a quick and successful resolution of endocrine diseases.
You will be cared for by our highly trained team of endocrine surgeons each specialising in their own area, but working closely together in a multidisciplinary team structure. You will also be offered the very best follow-up care.
What Endocrine conditions do Bupa Cromwell Hospital treat?
There are many different endocrine conditions which Bupa Cromwell Hospital treats, including:
The thyroid gland, in the neck, produces a vital hormone called thyroxine. The gland may be overactive, under active, form nodules (abnormal tissue) or enlarge to cause a swelling in the neck.
Depending on the thyroid condition you have, surgery may be combined with other techniques to remove some or all of the thyroid gland to control the levels of thyroxine.
The parathyroid gland (also found in the neck) produces the parathyroid hormone (PTH). If too much of this hormone is released, it can cause problems with tiredness, abdominal pain and pancreatitis.
At Bupa Cromwell Hospital, we use imaging techniques such as ultrasounds and CT Scans to find where the overactive gland is, so that a small incision can be made to remove it.
This surgery has a 99% success rate.
The adrenal glands are small glands, found at the top of the kidneys, that produce adrenaline and cortisol. If you have an adrenal gland disorder, the glands may not be making the correct amount of these hormones, causing nodules or tumours.
A CT scan or ultrasound is used to find the nodules or tumours, so they can be removed via keyhole surgery.
The surgery takes around 1 hour, with patients usually allowed to go home the next day.
The pancreas is a small organ, found behind the stomach and below the ribcage, which produces the hormone insulin.
Surgery is normally performed by our endocrine surgeons to remove tumours from the pancreas. However, for more complex cases, some patients may have surgery by our other highly trained surgeons at the hospital.
Salivary (parotid and submandibular) disease
The parotid and submandibular glands make up the salivary glands found in front of and below each ear. Lumps can develop, causing discomfort for patients.
Biopsies, MRI scans and/or ultrasound are used to locate the lump, with surgery used to remove part of the gland. Patients usually leave hospital within 24 hours.
What to expect following surgery
Following surgery, your hormone levels will need to be regularly checked through a blood test, to ensure levels are correct in the remaining glands. Most patients are cured with surgery; however, some conditions may reoccur, meaning further checks are needed.
Patients with cancer detected in any endocrine gland will need careful follow up after surgery to ensure that the disease is in remission, and to provide early detection of recurrence to allow for prompt treatment.
How do I pay for treatment?
We welcome both insured and self-pay patients as well as company and embassy sponsored patients.