(908) 722-0030


611 Courtyard Drive #600

Hillsborough, NJ

Follow Us
CJS > Taking care of thyroid problems could mean surgery

Taking care of thyroid problems could mean surgery

thyroid problemsA thyroidectomy, or removal of your thyroid, may be recommended for certain conditions of the gland, such as:

  • Thyroid cancer

If you have thyroid cancer, removing most of or your entire thyroid will likely be a treatment option. In fact, cancer is the most common reason for a thyroidectomy.

  • Enlargement of the thyroid called a goiter

Removing all or part of your thyroid gland is an option if you have a large goiter. That’s because a goiter can be uncomfortable and it can also cause difficulty breathing and swallow. In some cases, a goiter can also cause hyperthyroidism, which is an overactive thyroid.

  • Overactive thyroid, called hyperthyroidism

Hyperthyroidism is a condition in which your thyroid gland produces too much of the hormone thyroxine.

There are three main approaches to thyroid surgery

  1. Conventional

Involves making an incision in the center of your neck to directly access your thyroid gland to remove it.

  1. Endoscopic

Uses smaller incisions in the neck so that surgical instruments and a small video camera can be inserted. The camera guides your surgeon through the procedure.

  1. Robotic

Performed either through incisions in the chest and armpit or an incision high in the neck. Robotic surgery can be performed avoiding an incision in the center of your neck.

After a thyroidectomy

You’ll likely spend a day in the hospital, but should be able to eat and drink as usual after surgery. You may experience neck pain and a hoarse or weak voice. These symptoms are often temporary. You should be able to return to your normal activities within about 10 days.

The long-term effects of thyroidectomy

This depends on how much of your thyroid is removed, which could be:

  • Partial

If only part of your thyroid is removed, the remaining portion should take over the function of the entire thyroid gland, and you shouldn’t need thyroid hormone replacement therapy.

  • Complete

If your entire thyroid is removed, you’ll need to take a synthetic thyroid hormone, daily, according to your doctor’s instructions.

Learn more by calling (908) 722-0030.



No Comments

Leave a reply