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January Is Thyroid Awareness Month

The thyroid plays a significant role in your health and well-being. Since January is Thyroid Awareness Month, we thought now was the perfect time to educate you about this small but powerful organ and how you can identify thyroid disease early so you can seek medical treatment.

What Is the Thyroid & What Does It Do?

Located in the base of your neck is a small, butterfly-shaped gland called the thyroid. While small in size, this gland affects virtually every organ in the body, including the heart. It is important in the regulation of your metabolism.

Thyroid hormones T4 (thyroxine) and T3 (triiodothyronine) control how the body uses energy. When functioning normally, the thyroid will release the correct amount of hormones to maintain the proper metabolic rate.

How Common Is Thyroid Disease?

An estimated 20 million people in the U.S. currently live with some type of thyroid disorder. Women are more likely than men to suffer hypothyroidism, or when the gland does not produce enough hormones. However, thyroid disease can affect anyone at any age.

Signs of Thyroid Complications

When the thyroid isn’t functioning properly, the consequences can be quite serious. One common complication is hyperthyroidism, or when the thyroid overproduces the T4 hormone. Hyperthyroidism can lead to more serious diseases, including heart disease, and can also contribute to obesity, depression, and even infertility.

You may want to have your thyroid levels checked if you experience the following symptoms:

  • Chronic fatigue
  • Muscle weakness
  • Unexplained weight loss or gain
  • Irregular menstrual cycles
  • Increased sensitivity to heat or cold
  • An enlarged thyroid

Thyroid Treatment Options

The key to proper thyroid disease treatment is early detection. If you suspect there may be a problem with your thyroid, consult with a medical professional to learn about your healthcare options. You should start with your primary care provider since many thyroid problems are nonsurgical in nature.

However, if you do have a thyroid problem that does need surgery, the Surgical Professionals team has experience performing partial and total thyroidectomies for patients throughout East Valley, AZ. Your health is our primary concern, and we prioritize professionalism in all we do, from the operating room to the clinic to the bedside.

We would be happy to meet with you in consultation to see if surgery is the most appropriate treatment for your condition. We will also discuss options that may be available to you. And if we don’t feel surgery is the best choice for you, we’ll let you know that as well.

Contact Surgical Professionals online or call (480) 892-2456 to schedule a surgical consultation.

What Our Patients Have to Say

AMAZING! Dr. Ju is an awesome Dr he did an emergency surgery on me, he was so calm and professional. He made what could have been a horrible experience so easy. Thank you, Dr. Ju,
I have had 2 surgeries by Dr. Ju, gallbladder removal & a small fatty tissue tumor in my lower back. Both we’re successful with no complications. Dr. Ju is not only highly skilled as a surgeon, but he is also very personal & compassionate.

John Maas /

March, 2020 Dr. Gray performed my thyroid cancer surgery. Everything went as he said it would. He is a very competent and gifted surgeon. I would highly recommend him as a surgeon.

Shirley LaRocca /

Really trust this Dr. Ju. I am glad I had him to do emergency surgery on me and to put things back to normal.

Robyn Kleinman /

July 7 2016 Dr. Grey took the time to answer all my questions even after I had left the office . I was referred to him after a failed attempt with another surgeon and so far I’m 14 hours post surgery and doing good . Thank you Jennifer for your efforts and Dr. Grey

Tiff in Phoenix, AZ /

What can I say Dr. Ju did my very first ever surgery, and wow he was amazing, I was scared out of my mind but he made me feel comfortable, I healed nicely and was no longer in pain. He is an amazing surgeon god definitely blessed his ability.

Agina Blaw /

Dr Gray did an excellent job twice when my father had hernias. One was an emergency situation, and the other was not. Both times, Dr Gray showed expertise in diagnosing the problem, performing the surgery, setting our expectations and follow through after the procedure. I definitely would recommend him for your surgical procedures.

Self-verified patient of Dr. Devin L Gray  /

Dr. Ju saved my life. I had surgery back in 2010 (almost 10 years ago). He is an amazing surgeon with a wonderful concern for his patients. His staff were also very professional and caring during a very difficult time in my life. Thank you, Doctor Ju.

Rose Martin /

Had an inguinal hernia Dr Gray did a great job I strongly recommend his skills

Self-verified patient of Dr. Devin L Gray  /

Dr Ju is amazing. It was my first surgery and I was scared. I came thru it no problems. Thank you!

Wendy Foody /

My entire experience with Doctor Gray was of the utmost professionalism courtesy kindness by all of his staff included. Doctor Gray was dynamic in his experience and his knowledge. In my experience I thought I was taken care very well which gave me a great level of confidence in my experience through this surgery.

Brett Barker /

This Doctor saved my life and I have nothing but admiration for him. Dr. Brian Ju was my surgeon for the removal of my gall bladder 2 weeks ago. He is the most phenomenal and adept surgeon I’ve ever experienced. He even coordinated with the anesthesiologists to ensure that the anesthesia had anti-nausea elements because of my history with nausea!

Sherri Smith /

I am not from the valley but was here to visit my son and his family. Dr. Gray and his staff were amazing in getting me in and actually scheduling my surgery the day after I had my first visit. The office staff – especially Alex is absolutely the BEST. Everyone is extremely efficient and at the same time – very caring. I can not thank Dr. Gray and his staff more! Very grateful and I wish I could package what you have going on and take it home with me! THANK YOU!!!!

Kathi in Pueblo, Colorado /

I was fortunate have Dr. Ju for two surgeries. He was an excellent surgeon for one, and his bed side manor was outstanding. I felt very confident with Dr. Ju and his staff. If I were to have any procedures or surgeries done in the future, I would schedule them with Dr. Ju and the excellent staff at Surgical Professionals Inc. Thank you again to a wonderful professional staff.

Robert Reindl /


Self-verified patient of Dr. Devin L Gray  /

10 years ago, gall bladder, now hernia repair. I specifically went back to him because of his bedside manner and professionalism. I highly recommend him to anybody looking for a positive experience.

Jeff Hals /

Excellent bedside manner and surgical skill. Would definitely recommend him!

Karen Garcia /