What are the different types of thyroid surgery?

What are the different types of thyroid surgery?

total thyroidectomy (removing all of the thyroid gland) lobectomy or hemithyroidectomy (removing half of the thyroid gland) near-total thyroidectomy (removing most of the thyroid gland but leaving a little tissue on one side) occasionally, isthmusectomy (removal of the central part of the thyroid gland) is performed.

Is a thyroidectomy major surgery?

Your thyroid gland plays an important role in regulating your body’s metabolism and calcium balance. A thyroidectomy is a treatment for a variety of conditions of the thyroid gland. A thyroidectomy is a common but major surgery with serious risks and potential complications.

What is thyroid cancer surgery called?

Thyroidectomy. Thyroidectomy is surgery to remove the thyroid gland. It is the most common surgery for thyroid cancer. As with lobectomy, this is typically done through an incision a few inches long across the front of the neck.

Can you remove the thyroid without removing the parathyroid?

Part of the art of thyroid cancer surgery is to removed the thyroid gland either total or in part but spare all of the parathyroid glands. Normal parathyroid glands have quite predictable locations.

What is half a thyroid removal called?

A hemi-thyroidectomy or thyroid lobectomy – where one lobe (one half) of the thyroid is removed; An isthmusectomy – removal of just the bridge of thyroid tissue between the two lobes; used specifically for small tumors that are located in the isthmus.

What is a lobectomy of the thyroid?

A thyroid lobectomy is used to remove one of your two thyroid lobes, leaving the other intact. We may perform this type of surgery if there are nodules that cause symptoms or could be cancerous. We also use it to treat excessive hormone production like that associated with hyperthyroidism.

How long does it take to recover from a thyroid lobectomy?

Most people are ready to return home within one day of surgery, but take off about two weeks from work to recover. You’ll need to refrain from heavy lifting or other tasks that can strain your neck for up to three weeks after your surgery.


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