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Thyroid Disorders

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A thyroid disorder affects the function of your thyroid gland, a gland in the front of your neck that helps regulate your metabolic rate and how your body converts food into energy. It creates hormones that help your heart, brain, liver, muscles and other parts of your body function — including reproductive functions in both men and women.

Thyroid disorders can affect your energy level, weight, mood, concentration, fertility, and sleep patterns. Types of thyroid disorders include:

  • Goiter: an enlargement of the thyroid gland
  • Graves’ disease: an overproduction of thyroid hormones caused by an immune system disorder
  • Hyperthyroidism: the thyroid gland produces too much thyroid hormone, which causes an extremely high metabolism
  • Hypothyroidism: the thyroid gland doesn’t produce enough thyroid hormone, which causes a very slow metabolism
  • Thyroid cancer
  • Thyroiditis: swelling of the thyroid gland
  • Thyroid nodules: abnormal lumps or masses in the thyroid

Our experienced endocrinologists design a treatment plan that gives you the best possible results. We use the least-invasive approaches available to help you feel better faster. You work with a team that makes sure you’re well-informed about your condition and how it’s treated.

Why Choose UHealth?

The latest, research-backed treatments. As an academic medical center, we leverage the latest research completed by the nationally recognized University of Miami Miller School of Medicine to offer the latest treatments — including promising new approaches through clinical trials. You benefit from medical advancements before they’re widely available, provided by leading endocrinology experts who are known worldwide for their expertise. Our doctors and researchers are on the leading edge of technology and treatments for endocrine disorders. 

A comprehensive, team approach to thyroid disorders. Our endocrinologists work closely with surgeons, fertility specialists, oncologists, nuclear medicine specialists, ophthalmologists, dietitians, and other health care professionals to provide complete care. We address all aspects of your condition to improve your health and well-being.

Customized care that helps you take control of your health. Thyroid disorders often require ongoing management, so we consider your lifestyle and needs to develop a treatment plan that’s right for you. We make sure you have the information and resources to manage your health. And, with locations throughout South Florida, you can find expert care close to home. 

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Treatments

  • Medicines

    Your doctor may prescribe a medicine to help regulate thyroid hormone levels, such as beta blockers for hyperthyroidism or thyroid hormone replacement therapy for hypothyroidism. The type of medicine depends on your condition and symptoms.

  • Radioactive Iodine

    Radioactive iodine, taken as a pill, can treat hyperthyroidism by shrinking your thyroid gland and relieving symptoms. The treatment usually takes between three and six months. This treatment slows down your thyroid function and may cause hypothyroidism, so you may need to take medicine to restore normal thyroid function.

  • Surgery

    If your condition requires surgery, our surgeons use advanced, minimally invasive techniques that require only a tiny incision, including robotic-assisted surgery. A smaller incision means there's minimal scarring, less pain, and a faster recovery. Our surgeons have the expertise to perform all types of thyroid surgeries, including the most complex procedures. 

Tests

  • Blood Tests

    Blood tests measure the level of thyroid-stimulating hormone (TSH) and thyroxine, another thyroid hormone, to diagnose thyroid disorders.

  • Radioactive Iodine Uptake Test

    This test is used to find out the cause of an overactive thyroid. Your thyroid uses iodine to create hormones. You receive a tiny amount of radioactive iodine, either as a pill or intravenously (through an IV), which allows your doctor to measure how much iodine your thyroid absorbs.

  • Thyroid Scan

    This imaging exam is also used to find the cause of an overactive thyroid. You receive an injection of a radioactive substance and specialized imaging equipment creates a picture of your thyroid. This test is sometimes performed as part of the radioactive iodine test.

Accepted Insurances

Note: Health plans that are currently contracted with UHealth are listed below. However, please check with your insurance provider to verify that UHealth is part of your provider network.

  • Aetna WC
  • Aetna Affiliates/Signature Adm (ASA)
  • Aetna Behavioral Health
  • Aetna Elect Choice (EPO)
  • Aetna Florida Healthy Kids
  • Aetna HMO
  • Aetna Medicaid HMO
  • Aetna Medicare HMO
  • Aetna Medicare PPO
  • Aetna POS
  • Aetna PPO
  • Aetna UM Employee HMO 1
  • Aetna UM Employee HMO 2
  • Aetna UM Employee POS HRA
  • Aetna/Coventry Institutes of Excellence (IOE)
  • Amerigroup Florida Healthy Kids
  • Amerigroup Medicaid HMO
  • Argus Vision
  • AvMed Choice
  • AvMed HMO/POS
  • AvMed MDC and JHS Groups
  • AvMed Medicare HMO
  • AXIS
  • BCBS Blue Options Network Blue PPO
  • BCBS BlueCare HealthOptions HMO
  • BCBS BlueChoice PPC/PPO
  • BCBS Miami Dade Blue PPO Limited Benefits Plan
  • BCBS of Florida (All products except "SELECT" Plans)
  • BCBS of Florida (Commercial plans exclude HIX Select)
  • BCBS Traditional PHS/PPO
  • Beacon Health (ValueOption)
  • Beech Street PPO
  • Broward Health Medical Center
  • CarePlus Medicare HMO
  • Catholic Hospice
  • CCP/CMS Title XIX (Medicaid Enrolled in South Florida)
  • CCP/CMS Title XXI (Non Medicaid Enrolled in South Florida)
  • CCP/MMA (Broward County residents)
  • Charlotte County Sheriffs Office PPO
  • Cigna Affiliates
  • Cigna Behavioral Health
  • Cigna Dental HMO/PPO
  • Cigna EPO
  • Cigna HMO
  • Cigna Life Source (Intracorp is part of Cigna Lifesource)
  • Cigna MDCPS Jackson Sr. High
  • Cigna POS
  • Cigna PPO
  • Cigna Shared Administration
  • Clear Health Alliance SNP Medicaid HMO
  • CompCare (Comprehensive Behavioral Care)
  • Concordia Behavioral Health
  • CorVel WC
  • Coventry First Health WC
  • Coventry Health Care of Florida (HIP) HMO/POS
  • Coventry Health Care of Florida (HIP) PPO
  • Coventry Health Plan of Florida (Foundation) HMO
  • Coventry Health Plan of Florida (Foundation) POS
  • Coventry National PPO
  • Coventry Summit Medicare HMO
  • Coventry Vista Medicare HMO
  • Coventry Vista Medicare HMO
  • Delta Dental PPO
  • DentaQuest (ADI)
  • DIKLA
  • Dimension WC
  • Dimension Plus PPO
  • EHN PPO
  • EQUIAN (Health Systems International)
  • Europe Assistance/Global Corporate Solutions (Care Management Network)
  • eyeQuest
  • FCCI WC
  • Florida Healthcare Plan (Affiliate of BCBSFL)
  • Florida PACE (FPC)
  • Freedom Health Medicaid HMO
  • Freedom Health Medicare HMO
  • Gallagher Bassett WC (MDCPS & FCSRMC)
  • Global Excel Mgt PPO
  • Global Health Claims Services
  • Great West (Cigna) HMO/POS
  • Guardian Life PPO
  • HAA Preferred Partners
  • Health First Health HMO/POS
  • Health First Health Medicare HMO
  • Health First Health PPO
  • Health Net Veterans Choice HMO
  • Heritage Summit Healthcare WC
  • Humana Behavioral Health (LifeSynch)
  • Humana Dental/CompBenefits/OHS
  • Humana EPO
  • Humana HMO
  • Humana HUMx
  • Humana Medicaid HMO
  • Humana Medicare HMO
  • Humana National Transplant
  • Humana PPO
  • Humana Premier
  • iCare Health Solutions
  • Interlink Health Services
  • International Kids Fund (IKF)
  • League Medical Concepts Federal Inmates
  • Life Trac
  • Magellan Behavioral Health
  • Magellan Complete Care SNP Medicaid HMO
  • MDAbroad
  • Medica Medicare HMO
  • Medical Development In't (MDI)-Federal Inmates
  • Medicus
  • Metlife Dental PPO
  • MHNet Behavioral Network (MHNet)
  • Molina
  • Molina Market Place
  • Molina Medicaid HMO
  • Molina Medicare HMO
  • Morgan White International
  • MultiPlan PPO
  • Naphcare (Federal Prisoners)
  • National Healthcare Solutions Inc.
  • Neighborhood HealthPlan HMO/POS
  • Neighborhood HealthPlan PPO
  • North Broward Hospital District PPO
  • Olympus Managed Healthcare
  • Optum
  • Positive Healthcare SNP Medicaid HMO
  • Positive Healthcare SNP Medicare HMO
  • Prestige Health Choice Medicaid HMO
  • Prime Health Services WC
  • Quality Health Management
  • Religious Order of Jehovah's Witnesses PPO
  • Rockport Healthcare Group WC
  • Royal Caribbean Cruises PPO
  • Sanus Health Corporation
  • Simply Healthcare Medicaid HMO
  • Solstice Dental HMO/PPO
  • Start Healthcare Network
  • Sunshine
  • Sunshine AMBETTER
  • Sunshine Healthy Kids HMO
  • Sunshine Medicaid HMO
  • Sunshine Medicare HMO
  • Tricare South Prime HMO
  • Tricare South Standard PPO
  • United Behavioral Health (UBH)
  • UnitedHealthcare Affiliates
  • UnitedHealthcare Healthy Kids HMO
  • UnitedHealthcare HMO/POS
  • UnitedHealthcare Medicaid HMO
  • UnitedHealthcare Medicare Nursing Home Plan
  • UnitedHealthcare PPO
  • University of Miami Athletic Dept PPO
  • VUMI
  • Wellcare/Staywell Healthy Kids HMO
  • Wellcare/Staywell Medicaid HMO
  • Wexford Health State Inmates
  • Worldwide Managed Care