During thyroid lobectomy, approximately one quarter of the thyroid gland is removed.
Also Known As:
- Thyroid surgery
- Diagnostic lobectomy
- Cancer surgery
Conditions Treated with Thyroid Lobectomy:
Thyroid lobectomy can be utilized to treat hyperthyroidism, an enlarged thyroid gland and thyroid cancer.
Non-surgical alternatives to thyroid lobectomy include radioactive iodine and thyroid medication. A total or partial thyroidectomy may be performed as a surgical alternative.
Anesthesia with Thyroid Lobectomy:
Thyroid lobectomy is performed under general anesthesia, which means that the patient is asleep and completely unaware during the procedure.
Potential Complications from Thyroid Lobectomy:
Possible risks following thyroid lobectomy include infection, bleeding, blood clots and a negative reaction to the anesthesia. It is also possible for the patient to experience painful swallowing, neck pain, hypothyroidism, hypoparathyroidism and hypocalcemia. Injury to nearby organs is possible.
Prognosis after Thyroid Lobectomy:
The prognosis for a positive end result following thyroid lobectomy is good.
Recovery from Thyroid Lobectomy:
The total recovery time after thyroid lobectomy is one to two weeks.