An endocrinologist is a doctor who specializes in diseases that affect your endocrine system. These are the glands and organs that make hormones. Your hormones are chemicals that tell all of your body's systems how to function. Diseases that interfere with your hormones can have serious effects.
Graves' disease is the result of an overactive thyroid gland (hyperthyroidism). Thyroid hormone is important to your body's growth and metabolism. But if you have too much thyroid hormone, your body's processes may speed up or overreact, causing a variety of symptoms. Three options are available to treat Graves' disease: medications, radiation, or surgery. Here's what you need to do at home following treatment.
A thyroidectomy is the removal of your thyroid gland. Removing the thyroid gland removes your body's source of thyroid hormone. So after the surgery, you will need to take thyroid hormone pills every day. This helps keep the level of thyroid hormone in your body steady. This sheet tells you more about how to care for yourself after surgery.