Thyroid specialists in Denver

The thyroid specialists at HealthONE care for patients with a wide variety of thyroid disorders—from Graves' disease to thyroid cancers.

When surgical intervention is needed, our surgeons use advanced diagnostic imaging and surgical techniques to provide specialized thyroid and parathyroid surgeries.

For more information about HealthONE's thyroid services, please call (303) 575-0055.

Specialized thyroid care

Rose Medical Center—a part of the HealthONE network—is home to the Rose Thyroid & Parathyroid Center. As the largest thyroid and parathyroid program in Denver, we are experienced in diagnosing a variety of thyroid-related conditions.

Our team uses cutting-edge medical imaging procedures to ensure patients receive an accurate, quick diagnosis. Additionally, we offer continued care through routine checkups to ensure your care plan is appropriate as your treatment progresses.

In addition to specializing in the treatment of thyroid disorders, our team also treats a variety of endocrine disorders.

Multidisciplinary team of experts

Our center employs a multidisciplinary team of board-certified radiologists, endocrinologists and surgeons. Our doctors specialize in the care and surgical treatment of thyroid, parathyroid, pancreas and adrenal problems.

We also provide a multidisciplinary tumor board made up of physicians with expertise in diagnosis, treatment and care for patients with thyroid and parathyroid disease. This board meets to examine the individual needs of each patient and create a custom treatment plain tailored to their unique situation.

Thyroid and parathyroid conditions we treat

Our doctors treat a wide range of thyroid and parathyroid conditions, including:

  • Hyperthyroidism
  • Hypothyroidism
  • Hyperparathyroidism
  • Thyroid nodules
  • Thyroid-related metabolic/weight conditions

Graves’ disease

Graves’ disease is an autoimmune disorder that is the most common cause of hyperthyroidism. In patients who experience Graves' disease, the body makes antibodies, which attack the thyroid gland. They also stimulate thyroid tissue to produce excessive amounts of thyroid hormones, causing the following symptoms:

  • Changes in your menstrual periods
  • Fast heart rate
  • Increased appetite or more frequent bowel movements
  • Increased nervousness or irritability
  • Hair loss and increased growth of nails
  • Visual changes
  • Weight loss despite unchanged eating or exercise habits

Treating Graves’ disease

Our doctors specialize in caring for patients experiencing Graves' disease, using treatments such as:

  • Iodine ablation of thyroid tissue
  • Medication
  • Thyroid removal

Thyroid cancers

We understand a cancer diagnosis can be overwhelming, which is why our oncologists are here to offer comprehensive, compassionate cancer care to patients.

HealthONE is affiliated with Sarah Cannon Cancer Institute, HCA Healthcare's global cancer network. This partnership allows us to provide high-quality treatments and services to all patients.

The oncologists at Sarah Cannon at Rose Medical Center are committed to using the latest clinical research and innovative techniques to help treat thyroid cancer. Because of this, 75 percent of stage 4 thyroid cancer patients treated at our center are alive five years after treatment, compared to 64 percent of patients treated at other Colorado facilities.

Our oncologists treat the following types of thyroid cancer:

  • Anaplastic thyroid cancer
  • Differentiated thyroid cancer, including:
    • Hurthle cell
    • Follicular
    • Papillary
  • Medullary thyroid cancer

Services and treatments we offer

Our specialists offer a variety of treatment options for patients experiencing thyroid conditions, including:

Fine needle aspiration biopsy

Patients who experience a thyroid lump, nodule or mass may be recommended for a fine needle aspiration (FNA) biopsy. An FNA is a quick, safe and reliable method of evaluating thyroid nodules.

The procedure usually causes little pain and is performed with very thin needles that are inserted into the nodule. Cells from the nodule are extracted through the needles and are examined under a microscope to determine the nature of your nodule.

Genetic counseling

A genetic counselor is a healthcare professional with special training in medical genetics and psychosocial counseling. Our genetic counselors evaluate the likelihood of a hereditary cancer condition based on your personal and/or family history of cancer.

Prior to an initial genetic counseling appointment, one of our genetic counselors will complete a risk assessment. They will then review it with you at your appointment where you will discuss possible genetic testing options. If you have concerns about a hereditary thyroid cancer condition, please speak with your physician for a referral to one of our genetic counselors.

Thyroid and parathyroid imaging

We offer the following diagnostic imaging services to help diagnose thyroid and parathyroid conditions:

  • 4D parathyroid computed tomography (CT) scan
  • Lymph node mapping
  • Parathyroid ultrasound
  • Parathyroid dual isotope nuclear scan
  • Parathyroid single isotope nuclear scan
  • Radioactive iodine whole body nuclear scan
  • Thyroid nuclear scan and iodine uptake (six and 24 hours)
  • Thyroid ultrasound

Thyroid and parathyroid surgery

If advanced treatment is needed, our surgeons offer special surgical procedures to treat thyroid conditions. However, sometimes the treatment may involve the surgical removal of the thyroid. The most common reasons a person may require part or all of their thyroid removed are:

  • An overly large thyroid
  • Thyroid cancer
  • Thyroid nodule

The three main types of thyroid surgery we perform include:

  • Lobectomy—Removal of one half of the thyroid
  • Subtotal thyroidectomy—Removal of almost all of the thyroid, where only a small amount of the thyroid is left behind
  • Total thyroidectomy—Removal of the whole thyroid

Minimally invasive thyroidectomy and parathyroidectomy

Most thyroid surgeries are accomplished through a small incision in the lower neck. However, as part of our continued commitment to innovation and less invasive procedures, we offer transoral endoscopic thyroid surgery via the vestibular approach (TOETVA).

During a TOETVA procedure, incisions to remove all or part of the thyroid are made through the inner part of the lower lip. All scars from a TOETVA procedure are hidden and much smaller than with traditional thyroid surgery.

Educational resources

Patients can use the following resources to find out more about thyroid conditions and treatments.