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Jul 10

Accountable Health Plan PPO – Thyroid Surgery Insurance Coverage

Looking for a thyroid and parathyroid surgeon that works with Accountable Health Plan PPO? You’re in the right place.

Dr. Kroeker will proudly work with your Accountable Health Plan PPO insurance policy. Please give us a call during business hours at 512-498-4850, or email us using the blue box (Ask Dr. Kroeker) in the bottom right corner of your browser. Thank you.

Accountable Health Plan PPO

When choosing an insurance company, we understand you have many options. That is why Dr. Kroeker has created relationships with so many different insurance providers, including Accountable Health Plan PPO. With every insurance policy, the terms of payment and procedure for filing paperwork is slightly different.

If you would like to use your Accountable Health Plan PPO for your thyroid or parathyroid surgery, we suggest that you give our office a call during business hours at 512-498-4850 to better understand the process and start your paperwork.

We know that the Accountable Health Plan PPO gives you many options when it comes to thyroid surgery. Thank you for choosing Dr. Teresa Kroeker. Let us know how we can be of service.

Looking to see if Dr. Kroeker works with a different insurance policy or provider? View our master list of contracted insurance coverage here.

Jan 27

Why do patients need thyroid or parathyroid surgery?

Some people will have symptoms when it comes to thyroid nodules, but many people will not. The reasons Dr. Kroeker performs thyroid surgery are as follows: thyroid cancer, nodules that are suspicious for cancer, nodules (multiple or single) in the thyroid that are causing compressive symptoms, and hyperthyroidism.

Your thyroid is intimately associated with the trachea and esophagus, as it is located directly on top of these structures. Compressive symptoms are caused by the thyroid “pushing” on the esophagus or trachea, which narrows the lumen. Patients may have dysphagia, which is when a patient has difficulty swallowing food or pills. Patients may also experience a choking sensation or shortness of breath when they lie down flat. Or the patient might have a hard time breathing while working out because those nodules can compress the trachea, narrowing the windpipe.

These compressive symptoms can also affect your recurrent laryngeal nerve, which innervates your vocal cords. If a patient has a large multinodular goiter that is compressing a nerve, a patient might have voice changes or hoarseness.

Patients who notice symptoms usually have larger thyroid nodules that they can feel or they are having any of the above compressive symptoms—food getting stuck at the upper level of the neck, problems breathing, or voice changes.

If a patient has metastatic cancer, a patient could find a lymph node further out in the lateral neck. But many patients never know or experience any of these symptoms prior to diagnosis. A lot of nodules are found incidentally on ultrasounds for other reasons.

Sep 26

Expert Surgical Technique Panel at the 2nd World Congress on Thyroid Cancer

Austin’s own fellowship-trained Endocrine Head and Neck Surgeon, Dr. Teresa Kroeker, was one of five surgeons who served on the expert surgical technique panel at the 2nd World Congress on Thyroid Cancer held in Toronto, Ontario, July 10-14, 2013. The World Thyroid Congress is a global multidisciplinary meeting of all specialties involved in the field of thyroid cancer. Keynote topics included use of genetic molecular markers, surgical approaches to thyroid cancer, surgical management of metastatic disease in the neck, long-term follow-up and surveillance of thyroid cancer, and systemic treatment of thyroid cancer.

Dr. Kroeker was also selected to serve on the course faculty for the American College of Surgery Thyroid/Parathyroid Ultrasound Certification Course in Toronto during the World Thyroid Congress. This course teaches the principles and physics of ultrasound, the anatomy of the neck, ultrasound evaluation of thyroid and parathyroid disease, and ultrasound-guided fine needle aspiration techniques.

Dr. Teresa Kroeker and Dr. Jeremy Freeman

Dr. Teresa Kroeker and Dr. Jeremy Freeman, Chairman of the Organizing Committee for the 2nd World Congress on Thyroid Cancer

Sep 26

Guest Speaker at The University of Texas Club about Thyroid Disease

Dr. Teresa Kroeker had the honor of being asked to be a guest speaker at The University of Texas Club about thyroid disease. She discussed anatomy, physiology, and thyroid diseases including hypothyroidism, hyperthyroidism, thyroid nodules, and thyroid cancer.

Dr. Kroeker Guest Speaker