Thyroid Disorder Treatment Options
Serving Provo, Utah County, and Salt Lake County
At the Thyroid Institute of Utah, we offer a full range of treatment options
for any kind of thyroid or parathyroid dysfunction. We are a comprehensive
thyroid disease management clinic
fully equipped with a lab, ultrasound, endocrinologists, and experienced
Our office combines all aspects of thyroid care, including:
- Hormone Level Evaluation
Combined, our doctors have
performed more than 5,000 surgeries and 3,000 biopsies. At the Thyroid Institute of Utah, we deliver cutting edge care, all coordinated
among different specialty physicians in one, convenient location. Call
us today to schedule an appointment.
Hormone Medication Treatments
The main goal of thyroid hormone treatment is to closely replicate your
normal thyroid function. Thyroid hormones are necessary for the proper
functioning of most cells in the body. Our dedicated doctors closely monitor
your thyroid function to ensure you have the correct dose for your body.
Patients commonly ask about Armour Thyroid, which is derived from pigs’
thyroid glands. Armour causes significant fluctuations in T3 and T4 levels.
The dosage variation in different batches of Armour is well known. The
aspect of animal proteins present in Armour that are not naturally found
in the human body is also a problem. The majority of trials have not shown
an advantage of Armour over synthetic thyroid hormone. It is also worth
considering that pigs have a shorter life span and their metabolic requirements
are quite different than human beings; hence, pigs’ thyroid hormone
is also very different. Because Armour has drawbacks, including not being
FDA-approved, and our doctors’ combined experience has never seen
a consistent benefit of Armour over synthetic thyroid hormone, we do not
prescribe Armour at the Thyroid Institute.
The American Thyroid Association made the following statement regarding
"Desiccated (dried and powdered) animal thyroid (Armour), now mainly
obtained from pigs, was the most common form of thyroid therapy before
the individual active thyroid hormones were discovered. While desiccated
thyroid contains both T4 and T3, the balance of T4 and T3 in animals is
not the same as in humans, so the hormones in animal thyroid pills aren’t
necessarily “natural” for the human body. Further, the amounts
of both T4 and T3 can vary in every batch of desiccated thyroid, making
it harder to keep blood levels right. Finally, even desiccated thyroid
pills have chemicals (binders) in them to hold the pill together, so they
are not completely “natural”. Desiccated animal thyroid is
rarely prescribed today, and there is no evidence that desiccated thyroid
has any advantage over synthetic T4."
Surgery as a Treatment Option
Surgery is a common treatment option for anyone with cancerous thyroid
growth. Our surgeons discuss the type of surgery with you, how much of
your thyroid gland should be removed, and what you can expect after surgery.
At the Thyroid Institute of Utah, we use the latest technology that allows us to
perform minimally invasive surgical procedures.
Non-Surgical Treatment of Thyroid Cysts
Cysts in the thyroid are basically fluid filled cavities which if large
enough cause feelings of pressure in the neck and sometimes an unsightly
bulge. Simply draining the fluid out of thyroid cysts with a needle is
not a permanent solution, as thyroid cysts usually re-appear. Ultrasound-guided
injection of ethanol (alcohol) is safe and effective for the treatment
of thyroid cystic nodules.
In the following before-and-after example, a patient elected ethanol injections
and later demonstrated dramatic results. Following his enthanol treatment
to reduce the fluid in his thyroid, the mass in his neck shrunk significantly.
The visible bump it produced disappeared and the patient could also swallow
without any unpleasant pressure sensation.
Radioactive Iodine Treatment
Radioactive iodine is used to destroy overactive thyroid cancer cells.
Once inside your thyroid gland, the radioactive iodine destroys the unwanted
With years of experience and a team of highly qualified doctors, we can
provide you with service and care that is informative and comprehensive.
For more information about our treatments and the services offered at our
offices in Provo, Lehi and Draper. Call us