Thyroid Surgery / Thyroidectomy - Where to Get Information?

Thyroid surgery is frequently used to treat thyroid cancer and is sometimes the preferred approach to dealing with goiter, nodules or an overactive thyroid.

Here are comprehensive resources regarding thyroid surgery — known as thyroidectomy — including reasons for thyroid surgery, choosing a surgeon, types of thyroid surgery, anesthesia for thyroid surgery, endoscopic surgery, minimally invasive thyroid surgery, surgery complications and recuperation.


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Learn about all aspects of thyroid surgery (known as thyroidectomy), including the reasons for thyroid surgery, choosing the best thyroid surgeon, the different types of thyroid surgery, anesthesia used in thyroid surgery, endoscopic surgery, complication rates, and what to expect from the recuperation process after surgery.



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What should a thyroid patient expect before, during and after the thyroid biopsy procedure known as fine needle aspiration, or FNA? What about a thyroid surgery? Learn more about FNA and/or thyroid surgery, and experiences with thyroid biopsy or thyroidectomy.



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Thyroid surgery is not very common, so it is especially important that you find a surgeon who is experienced in the procedure. This article offers guidelines on choosing a thyroid surgeon, how many surgeries per year a surgeon needs to perform in order to be considered experienced and have lower complication rates, and various sources for locating top thyroid surgeons.



Have you ever wondered what a thyroid surgery scar looked like just a few days after surgery? A month later? Or more? Here is an opportunity to see what thyroidectomy scars look like, in post-surgery photos.



If you are having thyroid surgery, should you stay overnight or longer at the hospital, or can you leave the same day? There are pros and cons and questions about both approaches that are worth exploring. Learn more about the risks and benefits, as well as the safety, of outpatient thyroid surgery and whether it is preferable to traditional inpatient hospital stays.



Complication rates after thyroid surgery are typically low, and even lower when the surgery is performed by an experienced surgeon who does many thyroid surgeries per year. Still, complications can and do occur, including hypoparathyroidism, hypocalcemia and laryngeal nerve damage. Learn more about these complications now.



After a thyroid surgery, it's A look at what thyroid patients can expect in the recuperation period after thyroid surgery/thyroidectomy.


Outpatient Laser Surgery for Benign Thyroid Nodules

Learn more about outpatient laser surgery, a technique that one day may become a common treatment for benign thyroid nodules.

Endoscopic Axillary Underarm Thyroidectomy

Endoscopic axillary underarm thyroidectomy is a surgical technique in which partial thyroidectomy is performed with no neck incision or scarring. This technique, also known as "bloodless endoscopic axillary (underarm) thyroidectomy," involves no trauma to the neck, and does not risk the voice or laryngeal nerves. Learn more about this approach.


Explore the use of smaller incisions — with resulting smaller scars — for traditional thyroid surgery.



A look at the use of cosmetic surgery techniques for thyroid surgery, with the goal of minimal scarring and faster healing.



When treating some cases of thyroid enlargement, nodules, thyroid cancer or overactive thyroid, some cases of surgical removal of the thyroid may be performed while the patient is under local — not general — anesthesia.