Revision Thyroidectomy

Multifocal-Cancer-2If you or a loved one has ever dealt with a thyroid condition, you know how difficult fully comprehending the weight of the disorder and treatment can be. In many cases, those suffering from a thyroid condition find ease in knowing that their problem can be taken care of with one surgery. However, for some, multiple thyroid procedures and treatments may be required to allow the patient to lead the best quality of life possible.

At the CENTER for Advanced Head & Neck Surgery in Los Angeles, Babak Larian, MD, FACS, and world-renowned thyroid specialists performs revision thyroid surgery for patients needing additional treatment to fully overcome their thyroid disorder.

What Is Revision Thyroid Surgery?

Revision thyroid surgery, also known as re-operative thyroid surgery or revision thyroidectomy surgery, is a procedure aimed to correct a problem with the thyroid after an initial surgery has already been performed. A person may need to undergo revision thyroid surgery for a number of reasons, including but not limited to the following:


The most common reason to perform revision thyroid surgery is the development of a recurrent tumor or cancer in the area where the thyroid gland previously resided and was removed from. During an initial surgery, the entire thyroid isn’t always completely removed, or at times microscopic pieces of cancer (that are not visible) are unintentionally left  making it possible for cancer to recur. In cases of recurring thyroid cancer, nodules, goiters, or tumors, the remaining gland is almost always removed completely.  When performing a revision thyroidectomy special care must be taken to protect the recurrent laryngeal nerve, and the parathyroid glands.

Because revision thyroid surgery can be more challenging than the initial procedure due to anatomic changes, scarring, and loss of normal landmarks, it’s imperative to visit a thyroid specialist to ensure that you receive the best care possible utilizing the safest and most effective techniques. At the CENTER for Advanced Head & Neck Surgery in Los Angeles, Dr. Larian strives to perform revision thyroid surgery through a minimally invasive technique whenever possible, though it is sometimes necessary to use a traditional method depending on the patient. Minimally invasive revision thyroid surgery allows for the safe and effective removal of the ailment affecting the thyroid gland and allows the patient to return home upon waking to rest and recover in the comfort of their own surroundings.

Revision Thyroid Surgery FAQ

At the CENTER for Advanced Head & Neck Surgery in Los Angeles, our team of thyroid specialists understand that you may have a lot of questions pertaining to your pending surgery, and we want you to know that you couldn’t be in better hands. Below, Dr. Larian has comprised a list of the most frequently asked questions that we hear often. If you have additional questions that aren’t answered on this page, please feel free to contact our office at your convenience.

Q: Who should perform revision thyroid surgery?

A: It’s important that a board certified surgeon that specializes in thyroid surgery and has a unique knowledge of the thyroid gland always perform revision thyroid surgery. Revision thyroid surgery can be much more challenging than primary thyroid surgery, which is why it’s imperative to visit a specialist.

Q: How common is it to need revision thyroid surgery?

A: Revision thyroid surgery is only necessary if a problem occurs with the thyroid gland after an initial surgery. Most commonly, this is due to the reoccurrence of thyroid cancer.

Q: Will insurance cover revision thyroid surgery?

A: In almost all cases, revision thyroid surgery will be covered by insurance. Dr. Larian’s office will work with your provider to make sure as much of the procedure is covered as possible.

Q: How will I know if I need revision thyroid surgery?

A:  In patients that have had thyroid cancer previously, revision surgery is needed when there are signs of tumor recurrence.  These include elevation in thyroglobulin levels, and finding the tumor on imaging studies.

Q: What is the recovery like after revision thyroid surgery?

A: If you need to undergo revision thyroid surgery, Dr. Larian will always attempt to perform the procedure in a minimally invasive way to limit the discomfort and recovery time for the patient. Revision thyroid recovery will be typical of your initial thyroid surgery, with the patient feeling better and back to their normal activities after two weeks, though everyone is different.

Schedule Your Consultation With Thyroid Expert Babak Larian, MD, FACS, Today

Suffering from a thyroid condition for a second time can cause a significant amount of stress for the patient. At the CENTER for Advanced Head & Neck Surgery in Los Angeles, Dr. Larian aims to provide his patients with the best service and care possible by presenting your needs with a solution. To learn more about revision thyroid surgery, we encourage you to contact Dr. Larian today by calling 310-461-0300 to schedule your initial consultation. Dr. Larian is an experienced head and neck surgeon with the proper knowledge and understanding of treating thyroid conditions with cutting-edge minimally invasive techniques.

For more information regarding the performance of a revision thyroidectomy, please contact Dr. Larian today.