A clinical thyroidologist devotes their time and expertise on all aspects of thyroid disease. Dr. Hands is board certified in Endocrinology and Internal Medicine with additional specialty training and certification in thyroid disease, ultrasound and ultrasound-guided fine needle aspiration biopsy of thyroid nodules and cysts, thyroid cancer, and lymph node metastasis from thyroid cancer. Dr. Hands has ECNU certification (Endocrine Certification in Neck Ultrasound) and The Thyroid & Endocrine Center of South Texas is the only Thyroid dedicated practice with AIUM accreditation (American Institute of Ultrasound Medicine).
Dr. Hands also performs thyroid hormone analysis, cytopathology of FNA (biopsy) samples at the time of your visit, and thyroid oncology, as well as Ultrasound guided biopsies of parathyroid adenomas, parathyroid cysts, thyroid cyst therapy with PEI (percutaneous ethanol injection).
The Thyroid & Endocrine Center of South Texas has a special interest in thyroid nodules and cancer. Dr. Hands evaluates patients with thyroid nodules and provides preoperative and postoperative evaluation, ultrasound studies, as well as state-of-the-art monitoring for cancer and cancer recurrence. Radioactive I 131 treatments for Graves disease and thyroid cancer are coordinated with nuclear medicine specialists. Thyroid cancer is treated by a thyroidologist, not an oncologist
Thyroid dedicated services with expert endocrine care provide you with thorough, efficient, prompt diagnosis and treatment of your thyroid condition.
The clinical thyroidologist is the physician who is best to render care needed to diagnose and plan treatment for a lifetime of thyroid disease care.
The following are reasons to seek care with a thyroidologist:
- If you have an abnormal Thyroid lab tests, including any autoantibodies to your thyroid
- If you take thyroid medication or develop a thyroid condition and planning pregnancy.
- Uncontrolled thyroid conditions may have adverse effects to your fetus
- Taking your medicine with your pre-natals can lower the absorption of your thyroid medication and cause ill effects to your baby
- If you have a family member with thyroid disorder or thyroid cancer
- If you have a thyroid nodule or goiter (enlarged thyroid)
- If you have an abnormal biopsy result.
- If thyroid surgery is planned for any reason, need to be sure to see the right surgeon, one who performs at least 50 thyroidectomies per year (and the right SURGERY)
After thyroid surgery, for any reason if you have ever received radiation treatments to your head or neck area (increased risk thyroid cancer).