A thyroidectomy is the surgical removal of all (Total thyroidectomy) or part (Hemi-Thyroidectomy) of the thyroid gland. Thyroid surgery may be necessary to treat thyroid cancer, large goiters that are casusing symptoms, or certain types of hyperthyroidism. Thyroid surgery is made safer by using larngeal (voice box) nerve monitoring device; this is specially useful in patients that have previously had surgery in this area of the neck, or when the risk of injury to the recurrent laryngeal nerve (RLN) is high due to the location of the cancer.
Minimally Invasive Thyroidectomy
Fortunately, endoscopic surgical techniques allow us to perform the procedure through an incision approximately one inch long, which when closed using a plastic surgery technique, leaves an almost invisible scar. The endoscope not only minimizes the scar and trauma to the tissue, it also magnifies the tissue so that the laryngeal nerve and parathyroid glands are well visualized. The hospital stay and recovery time following endoscopic thyroid surgery is significantly shorter than that of traditional methods as well.
If only part of the thyroid is removed, the remaining section is capable of producing the necessary hormones on its own. If the entire thyroid is removed, hormone replacement therapy will be needed to maintain normal body functioning.
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