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Laparoscopic Partial Thyroidectomy

Posted On: 07-22-2015
Laparoscopic Partial Thyroidectomy

What is Laparoscopic Partial Thyroidectomy?

During laparoscopic partial thyroidectomy, the diseased part of the thyroid gland is removed. This procedure is performed with a minimally invasive method that utilizes a laparoscope (a small video camera) and small instruments inserted through small incisions.

Also Known As:

·         Partial thyroid removal

·         Laparoscopic surgery

·         Laparoscopic subtotal thyroidectomy

Conditions Treated with Laparoscopic Partial Thyroidectomy:

Laparoscopic partial thyroidectomy may be performed in cases of hyperthyroidism, thyroid cancer and an enlarged thyroid gland.

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Non-Surgical or Other Surgical Alternatives to Laparoscopic Partial Thyroidectomy:

Non-surgical alternatives to laparoscopic partial thyroidectomy include radioactive iodine and thyroid medication. An open or total laparoscopic thyroidectomy may be performed as a surgical alternative.

Anesthesia with Laparoscopic Partial Thyroidectomy:

Laparoscopic partial thyroidectomy is performed under general anesthesia, which means that the patient is asleep and completely unaware during the procedure.

Potential Complications from Laparoscopic Partial Thyroidectomy:

Possible risks following laparoscopic partial thyroidectomy include infection, bleeding, neck pain, hypocalcemia, hypoparathyroidism, hypothyroidism and a negative reaction to the anesthesia. It is also possible to experience blood clots, painful swallowing, neck pain and injury to nearby organs and tissues.

Prognosis after Laparoscopic Partial Thyroidectomy:

The prognosis for a positive end result following laparoscopic partial thyroidectomy is good. However, due to the likelihood of developing hypothyroidism, lifelong hormone replacement therapy may be required.

Recovery from Laparoscopic Partial Thyroidectomy:

Total recovery from laparoscopic partial thyroidectomy takes one to two weeks.

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