The endocrine system is a complex affair which is responsible for all processes within our bodies such as growth, metabolism, sexual development and pregnancy. But this complexity also means there is scope for things to go wrong. This leads to a wide range of conditions which are treated effectively and efficiently within our private Harley Street hospital.
Non-surgical conditions are treated by our specialists whereas surgical problems are treated by our ENT surgeons. But we adopt a team approach to endocrine treatment. Our teams consist of highly trained, dedicated professionals such as endocrinologists, specialists/surgeons, radiologists, anaesthetists and pathologists. All of which is supported by specialist nurses and other personnel.
Cancer specialists or oncologists are sometimes involved with the team, providing advice and guidance where necessary.
The endocrine system
The endocrine system is a series of glands which secrete hormones into the bloodstream. These glands include:
- Pineal body
- Reproductive, e.g. ovaries (women), testes (men)
- Digestive, e.g. pancreas
Plus there are other organs which secrete hormones such as the heart, brain, lungs, stomach, kidneys, liver and skin. The uterus and placenta also release hormones during pregnancy.
The endocrine system controls every cell, muscle, tissue, organ and function of your body.
Some processes such as movement and breathing (respiration) are controlled by the nervous system: but the endocrine and nervous systems work together to enable your body to function as normal.
Types of endocrine disorders
There are various conditions which affect the endocrine system which include:
- Thyroid cancer
- Metabolic syndrome
- Growth hormone deficiency
- Cushing’s disease
- Pituitary tumour/s
- Addison’s disease
- Over/underactive thyroid
Treatment for endocrine disorders
This depends upon the type of endocrine disorder you have. Many conditions can be treated with medication but others will require surgery, especially those where tumours have developed on a gland.
The aim is to reduce the effects of the hormone associated with that gland.
The most common types of surgery involve those on the adrenal, thyroid and parathyroid glands, for example, removal of the thyroid gland.
Your treatment is carried out by eminent specialists and surgeons who have many years of experience in this field. This is backed up by excellent medical and nursing care.