Mar 10, 2020
Dr. Tobias Carling performs more
adrenal gland surgeries than any other surgeon in America.
In this podcast, he offers
Dr. Tobias Carling left his position as Chief of Endocrine Surgery at Yale in 2020 to open the Carling Adrenal Center in Florida. Early in his medical schooling he found the endocrine system worthy of advanced study. Eventually the challenges and diverse array of tumors the adrenal gland presents kept his interest and he made it his specialty.
After being at Yale for almost
18 years, he started the Carling
Adrenal Center in Tampa
to continue giving patients exceptional care. In this podcast he
begins by explaining the biology of the glands, such as the three
hormones they produce: aldosterone, cortisol and
catecholamines. He explains how common it is for tumors to
form in the glands and what risks they pose.
Primarily, different tumors produce different degrees of hormone levels in the body in excess, which can be toxic. This, he adds, is why adrenal tumor diagnosis is important and sometimes tricky. Some cases, like Conn's Syndrome, can be a silent disease hidden by the presentation of symptoms attributed to high blood pressure.
Finally, he explains various issues related to adrenal gland surgery such as when cortical-sparing surgery is advisable and when it's not. Such decisions take into account issues such as the risk of spilling tumors into the body as well as the state of the other gland. He comments that the surgery must be done as quickly as possible yet as precisely as possible because of the vital nature of the surrounding area.
To learn more, see the Carling Adrenal Center Website at https://www.adrenal.com/, which includes a lot of information to help readers better understand everything from lab numbers to different issues to consider. They've made a concerted effort to help patients educate themselves.