Thyroid Disorders

These are only general guidelines and not meant to replace instructions from a physician. Please talk with your physician about your specific condition.

About The Condition

Thyroid glandThe thyroid, part of your endocrine system, is a small, butterfly-shaped gland on the front of your neck. It makes and regulates hormones that control your heart rate, blood pressure and metabolism. Thyroid disorders can include hypothyroidism (an underactive thyroid caused by a number of conditions, including Hashimoto’s disease), hyperthyroidism (an overactive thyroid caused by conditions such as Graves’ disease), thyroid goiters (enlargement of the thyroid gland) and thyroid cancer. It is possible to have more than one of these conditions at the same time. Surgery for thyroid disorders is indicated for treatment of cancer and definitive diagnosis of thyroid nodules that are suspicious for cancer. Surgical removal of thyroid goiters may improve your breathing, sleep apnea and swallowing if the goiter is compressing your trachea or esophagus. Surgery is also indicated for treatment of Graves’ disease if you do not tolerate or want the side effects of radiation or medication used to treat this condition non-surgically.

Before Surgery

Prior to your surgery, you may be asked to:

Please ask your physician about any additional steps you should take before your surgery.

Surgery

Surgery for thyroid disease is done through an incision at the base of your neck under general anesthesia. Whether part or all of your thyroid gland is removed depends on why you are having surgery. Based on your preoperative evaluation, your surgeon may also remove lymph nodes from your neck if there is evidence of cancer in the lymph nodes.

After Surgery

If you have been diagnosed with thyroid cancer, you most likely will be referred to an endocrinologist for follow-up after your surgery to discuss additional treatments.

If you have additional questions, please contact us at 763.780.6699.

Surgeons Who Treat Endocrine Disorders

J. Kevin Croston, MD

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Dr. Croston sees patients at the following clinic locations:

Special Medical Interests:

  • Hernia repairs, including complex abdominal wall reconstruction
  • Minimally invasive surgery
  • Endocrine surgery
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Jonathan C. Gipson, MD

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763.780.6699

Dr. Gipson sees patients at the following clinic locations:

Special Medical Interests:

  • Gastrointestinal surgery
  • Pancreas and foregut (esophagus and stomach) cancer surgery
  • Complex laparoscopic and robotic surgical procedures, including gastric bypass, gastric sleeve and hiatal hernia
  • Emergency surgical procedures
  • Surgical management of trauma
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Kamrun Jenabzadeh, MD

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763.780.6699

Dr. Jenabzadeh sees patients at the following clinic locations:

Special Medical Interests:

  • Robotic assisted surgery
  • Advanced laparoscopy
  • Reflux disease
  • Achalasia
  • Esophageal cancer
  • Benign and malignant gastrointestinal pathology
  • Colorectal oncology
  • Complex hernias
  • Groin hernias
  • Complex ventral and hiatal hernias
  • Endocrine, such as adrenal, thyroid and parathyroid diseases
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Kourtney L. Kemp, MD

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763.780.6699

Dr. Kemp sees patients at the following clinic locations:

Special Medical Interests:

  • Laparoscopic procedures
  • Endoscopic procedures
  • Endocrine
  • Esophageal
  • Traumatic injuries
  • Complex hernia surgery
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Steven J. Kern, MD

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763.780.6699

Dr. Kern sees patients at the following clinic locations:

Special Medical Interests:

  • Robotic surgery
  • Gallbladder Surgery
  • Hernia Surgery
  • Surgery for Esophageal Reflux
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Matthew K. Kissner, MD

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763.780.6699

Dr. Kissner sees patients at the following clinic locations:

Special Medical Interests:

  • Minimally invasive surgery for hernia repair
  • Complex repair of ventral/incisional hernia
  • Robotic surgery, advanced laparoscopic surgery
  • Colon surgery
  • Thyroid surgery
  • Parathyroid surgery
  • Colonoscopy and upper endoscopy
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Corey J. Stennes, MD

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763.780.6699

Dr. Stennes sees patients at the following clinic locations:

Special Medical Interests:

  • Melanoma
  • Thyroid disease
  • Parathyroid disease
  • Gastric reflux
  • Hiatal hernia
  • Gastrointestinal malignancies
  • Repair of complex hernias
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rachel tay, MD

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763.780.6699

Dr. Tay sees patients at the following clinic locations:

Special Medical Interests:

  • Breast Cancer, breast disease
  • Colon resections
  • Gallbladder disease
  • Hernias
  • Nissen fundoplications
  • Thyroid conditions
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