Burlingame Endocrine Surgery
Surgeons at the Palo Alto Medical Foundation (PAMF) Burlingame Center offer expertise in the surgical treatment of diseases of the thyroid and parathyroid glands, pancreas and adrenal glands.
Our surgeons specialize in a minimally invasive approach to endocrine surgery which includes:
- Laparoscopic surgery for adrenal glands and benign and malignant diseases of the pancreas
- Mini incision parathyroid surgery. We offer intra-operative parathyroid hormone monitoring, a method used during surgery that increases the safety and success of parathyroid gland removal while resulting in optimal cosmetic outcome.
The Thyroid Gland
The thyroid gland is found in the front part of the lower neck. It controls how quickly the body uses energy and makes proteins, and also controls how sensitive the body is to other hormones. It participates in these processes by producing thyroid hormones that regulate the rate of metabolism and affect the growth and rate of function of many other systems in the body.
The Parathyroid Gland
The body has four parathyroid glands that are located just behind the thyroid gland (which is at the center of the neck at the front). They have nothing to do with the function of the thyroid. These glands act as a type of thermostat or regulator that controls the blood level of calcium.
The pancreas is both an endocrine gland producing several important hormones, including insulin, glucagon, and somatostatin, and a digestive organ, secreting pancreatic juice containing digestive enzymes that assist the absorption of nutrients and the digestion in the small intestine.
The Adrenal Glands
The adrenal glands sit atop the kidneys. They are responsible for releasing hormones in response to stress. The adrenal glands affect kidney function through the secretion of a hormone called aldosterone.