Thyroid Surgery

Thyroid surgery is the partial or complete removal of the thyroid.

Thyroid Surgery in brief

The thyroid is a butterfly-shaped gland that lies below your Adam’s apple, along the front of the windpipe. The thyroid has two side lobes, connected by a bridge (isthmus) in the middle. The thyroid secretes the hormone thyroxine (T4).

The endocrine surgeon makes an incision in the neck and separates muscle and other tissues to expose the thyroid and remove it. Other common types of thyroid surgery include a lobectomy (one lobe is removed) .

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Why Is Thyroid Surgery Needed?

Thyroid Surgery is a treatment option for thyroid nodules, hyperthyroidism and thyroid cancer. A thyroidectomy (total removal of the thyroid) is a cure for hyperthyroidism and some types of thyroid cancer. Thyroid nodules large enough to impede breathing or swallowing (goitre) may require surgery.

Before the Procedure

Thyroid surgery is a low risk procedure. Risks include:

  • In 1% of surgeries the vocal nerves are damaged, leaving a patient hoarse or changing the voice.
  • In 1% the parathyroid glands are damaged or removed during surgery, resulting in hypoparathyroidism. Patients will have to take calcium supplements.
  • A total thyroidectomy will likely lead to hypothyroidism. Patients will need to take man-made (synthetic) thyroid hormone.

After Thyroid Surgery: The New You

One overnight in hospital is required. Hours after surgery patients are awake, moving about, eating and drinking. Most people return to regular activities within 5 to 14 days.

If you or a loved one needs thyroid surgery, call Advance Surgical on (08) 9386 2634.

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