A thyroidectomy is the removal of all or part of the thyroid gland. The procedure is performed through an incision in the neck.
Also Known As:
- Thyroid removal surgery
- Thyroid surgery
Conditions Treated with a Thyroidectomy:
A thyroidectomy is utilized to treat hypothyroidism, hyperthyroidism, thyroid cancer and nontoxic goiter.
Some thyroid issues can be treated with thyroid medications. There are no comparable surgical alternatives to a thyroidectomy.
Anesthesia with a Thyroidectomy:
A thyroidectomy is performed under general anesthesia, which means that the patient is asleep and completely unaware during the procedure.
Potential Complications from a Thyroidectomy:
Possible risks following a thyroidectomy include infection, bleeding and a negative reaction to the anesthesia. It is also possible to experience injury to vocal cord nerves or the larynx.
Prognosis after a Thyroidectomy:
The prognosis for a positive end result following a thyroidectomy is good.
Recovery from a Thyroidectomy:
The total recovery from a thyroidectomy takes one to two weeks.