Thyroid Surgery

Thyroid operations are advised for the patients who have variety of thyroid conditions, including both cancerous and benign thyroid nodules, large thyroid glands (goiter) and overactive thyroid glands.

There are several thyroid operations that surgeon may perform, including
  • Excisional boipsy-removal a small part of thyroid gland. (rarely used today)
  • Lobectomy-removing half of thyroid gland.
  • Removing nearly all thyroid gland (subtotal thyroidectomy)
  • Total thyroidectomy, which removes all identible thyroid tissue.

There are specific indications of each of these operatins. The main risk of thyroid operations involve possible damage to important structure near thyroid, primarly the parathyroid glands and recurrent and external laryngeal nerves (which control the vocal cords)

What is Thyroid Gland?

The thyroid gland is a butterfly shaped endocrine gland that is normally located in the lower front of the neck.

Why do i need an operation?

Defends on biopsy i.e 1) cancer 2) inconclusive biopsy.

What are risk of operations?

Bleeding, Injury to recurrent larengeal nerves

Will i be able to lead a normal life?

Yes