What Is Thyroid Removal Surgery?

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What is thyroid removal surgery?

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Thyroid removal surgery is used to treat goiters, thyroid nodules, thyroid cancer, and hyperthyroidism. During the procedure, the surgeon removes part or all of the thyroid gland.

Surgeries can be divided into total thyroidectomy, thyroid lobectomy with or without an isthmectomy, and subtotal (near-total) thyroidectomy. After the injection of general anesthesia, an incision is made in the skin. The muscle and other tissues of the neck are pulled aside to expose the thyroid gland.

The surgery is used to treat thyroid issues. If thyroid cancer is present and diagnosed and other types of treatments for the cancer do not work well for the patient, surgery may be a better option. It can also be applied for other conditions, including a large benign nodule, the recurrence of a fluid-filled (cystic) nodule, pregnancy with hyperthyroidism and other cases of hyperthyroidism that can’t be treated with drugs or radiation treatment.

 

Keywords: thyroid removal; thyroid removal surgery

 

 

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