According to the American Thyroid Association, approximately 20 million Americans have some form of thyroid disease and that women are up to eight times more likely than men to have thyroid problems.
Although your thyroid gland is relatively small, it does play a big role in regulating your blood pressure, body temperature, and heart rate, and it also produces hormones that helps your body regulate its metabolism.
If you have been diagnosed with a thyroid lump or mass, and if thyroid surgery is necessary, Dr. Ryan H. Sobel, M.D., a surgeon with Johns Hopkins Head and Neck Surgery at the GBMC Milton J. Dance Jr. Head and Neck Center, says that this type of surgery is commonly broken down to two basic types and advises that the extent of your thyroid surgery should be discussed between you and your thyroid surgeon.
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