A thyroidectomy is a surgical procedure in which all or a portion of the thyroid gland is removed. The thyroid is a butterfly-shaped gland located at the base of the neck, and it plays a crucial role in regulating various metabolic processes in the body. A thyroidectomy is typically performed to treat conditions such as thyroid cancer, large goiters, hyperthyroidism (overactive thyroid), or other thyroid disorders that haven’t responded to other treatments.
The procedure is conducted under general anesthesia, and the surgeon makes an incision in the front of the neck to access the thyroid gland. The extent of the removal depends on the reason for the surgery. In a total thyroidectomy, the entire thyroid gland is removed, while in a partial or subtotal thyroidectomy, only a portion of the gland is taken out.
If thyroid surgery is deemed the optimal treatment for your situation, gaining insight into what to anticipate can help alleviate any apprehensions. Recognizing that surgery can be an intimidating prospect for some patients, our priority is to ensure your comfort and tranquility leading up to the procedure.
Dr. Cohen, our highly skilled thyroid surgeon, specializes in minimally invasive thyroid surgery. In contrast to traditional thyroid surgeries that often result in noticeable neck marks, Dr. Cohen has refined the use of a small incision, minimizing postoperative self-consciousness.
Undergoing general anesthesia ensures you remain unconscious throughout the procedure, contributing to a more relaxed experience. Once you are under anesthesia, Dr. Cohen will make a small incision in the central part of your neck. Subsequently, a portion of your thyroid or the entire gland will be carefully removed. The duration of the procedure varies, typically lasting a few hours, contingent upon the specific type of surgery required. Our commitment is not only to the effectiveness of the surgery but also to your peace of mind throughout the entire process.
Following the procedure, it’s common to encounter temporary effects such as a weakened or hoarse voice and neck discomfort, typically attributed to nerve irritation that can occur during surgeries. Despite these initial considerations, you can resume your normal eating and drinking habits, and there’s a possibility of being discharged on the same day. The postoperative care tailored to your specific situation will be determined by your surgeon.
Once discharged, you can generally resume routine activities within a week. However, it is advisable to refrain from engaging in strenuous activities for at least two weeks to support a smoother recovery process. This cautious approach ensures that you allow ample time for healing and minimize any potential strain on the affected areas.
More importantly, our team of world-renowned surgeons have saved countless lives, and have enabled countless more to live healthy, happy lives.
Surgery Group LA is a team of professional and board-licensed surgeons, who specialize of their respective fields. The institution’s project to offer sufferers with advanced and complete surgical care.
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