Endocrine Surgery | Endocrinology and Diabetes

Endocrine Surgery

We use innovative, minimally invasive procedures for the quickest recovery and best cosmetic result. Our collaborative approach and leading-edge research let us bring the most advanced treatments to your care.

Medically reviewed by Michael Campbell, M.D. on Dec. 04, 2023.

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Compassionate Care and Advanced Treatments

At UC Davis Section of Endocrine Surgery, we understand how endocrine disorders can disrupt your life. We’re here to help. Our goal is to improve your life through leading-edge treatments.

We collaborate with specialists across the entire UC Davis Health system and conduct research on endocrine disorders. This allows us to provide the most comprehensive and advanced care.

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We use the most advanced procedures that minimize scarring and give you the speediest recovery. Our surgeons have special training in new techniques such as transoral surgery, where the incision is inside your lip and leaves no visible scar. We also perform radiofrequency ablation (RFA) of thyroid nodules, which is done without an incision.

Advanced Diagnostic Methods

We use the latest diagnostic methods to evaluate adrenal tumors, assess genetic endocrine conditions, and characterize thyroid nodules.

Laparoscopic and Robotic Adrenal Surgery

Adrenal tumors usually require removal of your entire adrenal gland. Using laparoscopic and robotic techniques, our specialists can perform this using four small incisions.

Minimally Invasive Parathyroidectomy or Thyroidectomy

Most thyroid and parathyroid procedures we perform use minimally invasive methods that leave a minor scar.

Thyroid Nodule and Goiter Management

We perform needle biopsy to check for cancer in thyroid nodules and goiters (enlarged thyroid). We can do minimally invasive surgery to remove cancerous or bothersome thyroid nodules.

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Preparing for Endocrine Surgery

Your surgeon will explain your options, take time to answer all of your questions and create a personalized treatment plan. Our team will coordinate all steps before, during and after your surgery.

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    Before Surgery

    Your care team will tell you when to stop eating and drinking in preparation for your surgery. You may need scans or blood tests the day of your procedure.

    Learn what to expect the day of surgery
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    After Surgery

    After your surgery, your team will monitor you in a recovery area while the anesthesia wears off. You may need to stay in the hospital overnight. Your care team will let you know how long to take off work and give you other instructions for your recovery.

    Understand what to expect after surgery

Home Care After Endocrine Surgery

You may need several days or a few weeks to recover, depending on the type of procedure you have. Your care team will schedule your follow up appointment and give you specific instructions to follow during your recovery.

Incision Care

You can shower after surgery, but do not take a bath or submerge your incision for 2 weeks after your procedure. Protect your incision from sunlight by covering it or using sunscreen for at least 6 months.

Pain Medications

For thyroid and parathyroid surgery, most patients can take acetaminophen (Tylenol®) or ibuprofen (Advil®) for pain. For adrenal surgery, you may need narcotic pain medications. Follow instructions for taking all drugs.

Time Off

You may need 1 to 2 weeks off work to recover from surgery. It may take 2 to 4 weeks before you feel good enough to resume all of your normal activities.


When to Contact Your Surgeon

Call your surgeon if you experience fever, redness or swelling around your incision, numbness or tingling in your fingers or around your lips, problems urinating, excessive pain or excessive bloating.

Awards and Recognitions
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Ranked among the nation’s best hospitals

A U.S. News & World Report best hospital in cancer, cardiology, heart & vascular surgery, diabetes & endocrinology, ENT, geriatrics, neurology & neurosurgery, obstetrics & gynecology, and pulmonology & lung surgery.

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Ranked among the nation’s best children’s hospitals

A U.S. News & World Report best children’s hospital in diabetes & endocrinology, nephrology, and orthopedics*. (*Together with Shriners Children’s)

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Ranked Sacramento’s #1 hospital

Ranked Sacramento’s #1 hospital by U.S. News, and high-performing in COPD, colon cancer surgery, diabetes, heart attack, heart failure, hip fracture, hip replacement, kidney failure, leukemia, lymphoma & myeloma, lung cancer surgery, ovarian cancer surgery, pneumonia, prostate cancer surgery, stroke, TAVR, uterine cancer surgery, gastroenterology & GI surgery, and orthopedics.

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The nation’s highest nursing honor

UC Davis Medical Center has received Magnet® recognition, the nation’s highest honor for nursing excellence.

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“Most Wired” for acute care

UC Davis Health has been recognized as a level 10 out of 10 in the Digital Health “Most Wired” program from the College of Healthcare Information Management Executives (CHIME). The honor recognizes excellence in using technology to improve the delivery of care.

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“Most Wired” for ambulatory care

UC Davis Health has been recognized as a level 10 out of 10 in the Digital Health “Most Wired” program from the College of Healthcare Information Management Executives (CHIME). The honor recognizes excellence in using technology to improve the delivery of care.

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World-class cancer care

One of ~56 U.S. cancer centers designated “comprehensive” by the National Cancer Institute.

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A leader in health care equality

For the 11th consecutive year, UC Davis Medical Center has been recognized as a “Leader in LGBTQ+ Healthcare Equality.”

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