THYROID ASSESSMENT

Dr Jones provides a detailed assessment of patients with thyroid lumps (nodules). She works very closely with experienced thyroid radiologists who will review existing scans and perform further scans as required.

Dr Jones also works closely with hand-picked endocrinologists (hormone specialists), who often help with the hormone management of thyroid patients. All patient concerns are considered and addressed during treatment.

Dr Jones remains in close communication with the patient’s GP and sends them a detailed management plan that is also copied to the patient.

Dr Jones regularly attends Australian and international Thyroid meetings to remain up to date with the latest advances in thyroid surgery.

THYROID SURGERY

The majority of thyroid operations (thyroidectomies) are for large, benign (non-cancerous) nodules that are causing pressure symptoms in the throat. Thyroid surgery is also offered for nodules that are concerning for thyroid cancer or nodules that have been confirmed cancerous on pre-op needle testing (Fine Needle Aspiration – FNA). Dr Jones has the thyroid tissue analysed by dedicated thyroid pathologists.

Dr Jones operates at St John of God Hospital in Subiaco with experienced anaesthetic and nursing staff. In theatre state of the art equipment is used including the intraoperative nerve monitor (IONM). This nerve monitor helps to locate and preserve the function of the recurrent laryngeal nerve RLN (voice box nerve), that runs very close to the side of the thyroid gland and the trachea (windpipe). Dr Jones performs thyroid operations with excellent cosmetic results.

When managing patients with extremely large thyroid nodules or extensive thyroid cancer, Dr Jones will perform these operations with another experience thyroid surgeon as a combined case. This guarantees the best possible surgical outcome.

TEAM MANAGEMENT OF THYROID CANCER

All thyroid cancer patients under Dr Jones’ care are discussed at the Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital (SCGH) Endocrine Pathology Multidisciplinary Team Meeting (MDM). The thyroid scans and pathology are reviewed by a team of medical specialists including other thyroid surgeons, endocrinologists, nuclear medicine physicians, pathologists and thyroid radiologists. Relevant cases will be referred to the state Genetics Service of Western Australia (GSWA) at King Edward Memorial Hospital in Subiaco. Complex treatment plans are created.

All thyroid cancer patients will be referred to the SCGH Nuclear Medicine Department. The majority to discuss oral radioactive iodine treatment.