If you suffer from Grave’s disease or thyroid eye disease, or if you know someone who does, you understand the importance of having not only one experienced surgeon by your side at all times, but the benefit that two different specialized surgeons bring to the table. At La Peer Health Systems in Los Angeles, we’re pleased to provide our patients suffering from Grave’s disease with a unique team approach, headed by Babak Larian, MD, FACS.
What Is Grave’s Disease?
When a person is suffering from Grave’s disease, it means that their thyroid is overactive and producing far too many thyroid hormones, also known as hyperthyroidism. Grave’s disease is most commonly seen in individuals during their middle-aged years, though it can occur (rarely) at any point throughout a person’s life. Symptoms of Grave’s disease include the following:
- Weight loss
- Increased sensitivity to hot and cold
- Eye protrusion (pain in eye, dry eyes as a result)
One of the more serious side effects of Grave’s disease can be the protrusion of one or both eyes, known as Grave’s ophthalmopathy or thyroid eye disease. This happens as a result of inflammation of the eye muscles which begin to attack autoantibodies. As this begins to happen, it’s very common for the eyes to begin to bulge, feel itchy, dry, and can be very painful as well as bring double vision.
When a person is experiencing this symptom or any other symptoms of thyroid eye disease, it’s very important to have both an oculoplastic surgeon and experienced head and neck surgeon manage and treat your condition with orbital decompression.
Orbital Decompression Surgery
As stated above, protrusion of one or both eyes as a result of Grave’s disease is best treated by a surgeon who fully understands the necessary treatment of the thyroid and a surgeon who is experienced in treating issues relating to the eyes. At La Peer Health Systems, Dr. Larian works to bring patients the best outcomes possible during treatment and management of thyroid eye disease.
Orbital decompression surgery is performed using minimally invasive technology that will leave the patient without any scars or signs of a surgical procedure as a result of proptosis meaning bulgy eyes. During the procedure, an oculoplastic surgeon will decompress the eye. This reduces the bulgy appearance by expanding the socket and allowing the eye to move backwards.
Following orbital decompression, it’s normal to experience swelling and bruising for the next seven to ten days. Over the course of the following weeks, you’ll begin to feel better and back to normal, without any sign that you’ve undergone surgery. Because your hyperthyroidism will still need to be managed, Dr. Larian can now help you provide you with the best outcomes possible that will improve your overall quality of life.
Contact La Peer Health Systems Today
If you’re interested in learning more about how our surgeons provide a unique team approach to the treatment of thyroid disease, thyroid eye disease, and proptosis, (meaning bulgy eyes) we encourage you to contact our medical center today to schedule your initial consultation by calling (855) 360-9119. Dr. Larian, board certified head and neck surgeon, can provide our patients with the utmost care while seeking only the best outcomes possible.
For additional information on how our doctors can help you beat thyroid disease, please contact La Peer Health Systems today.
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