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The Partial or Complete
Removal of the Thyroid Gland

Thyroidectomy is a surgical procedure that involves the removal of the thyroid gland located in the front of your neck. It is commonly performed to treat conditions such as thyroid cancer, thyroid nodules, goiter (enlarged thyroid), or hyperthyroidism. The surgery can involve the complete removal of the thyroid (total thyroidectomy) or the removal of a portion of the gland (partial thyroidectomy). Thyroidectomy is typically recommended when medication or other treatments fail to adequately address the thyroid condition.

woman after treatment for Thyroid issues in Aldie

Thyroid Surgery Treats the Following:

  • Thyroid cancer
  • Thyroid nodules
  • Goiter (enlarged thyroid)
  • Hyperthyroidism
  • Graves’ disease
  • Thyroiditis
  • Thyroid cysts
  • Thyroid hormone imbalance
  • Recurrent thyroid cysts or nodules
  • Suspicion of malignancy in the thyroid gland
  • Difficulty swallowing or breathing due to an enlarged thyroid
  • Thyroid-related symptoms, such as weight gain or loss, fatigue, and mood changes

For additional information about our treatments for thyroid in Aldie, get in touch with us today to schedule an appointment.

Types of Thyroid Surgery

Total Thyroidectomy

Total thyroidectomy is a surgical procedure that involves the complete removal of the thyroid gland. It is commonly performed to treat thyroid cancer, Graves’ disease, multinodular goiter, and certain cases of hyperthyroidism. During the procedure, the entire thyroid gland is removed, which may include the isthmus connecting the two thyroid lobes. Total thyroidectomy may be recommended when there is a need to remove all thyroid tissue.

Partial Thyroidectomy

Partial thyroidectomy involves the removal of a portion of the thyroid gland while leaving the remaining healthy tissue intact. It is commonly performed for benign thyroid nodules, goiter, and some cases of thyroid cancer confined to one lobe. During the surgery, a portion of the affected thyroid lobe is removed, preserving the function of the remaining thyroid tissue. Partial thyroidectomy aims to minimize the impact on thyroid hormone production.

Candidates for Thyroid Surgery:

  • Individuals diagnosed with thyroid cancer
  • Patients with large thyroid nodules causing symptoms or suspicion of malignancy
  • Those with an enlarged thyroid causing difficulty swallowing or breathing
  • Individuals with recurrent thyroid cysts or nodules
  • Those with suspicious thyroid biopsies or inconclusive results
  • Patients with thyroid-related symptoms impacting their quality of life
  • Individuals with a family history of thyroid cancer or hereditary thyroid conditions
family after screening for Thyroid in Aldie

What Happens
During Thyroid Surgery?

The minimally invasive surgery for thyroid in Aldie initiates with a small incision in your neck. Utilizing specialized instruments and a miniature camera, the surgeon performs the surgery with precision. They carefully remove the thyroid gland or the affected portion while preserving nearby structures. The minimally invasive approach reduces scarring, pain, and recovery time compared to traditional surgery. Our team will ensure your comfort throughout the procedure.

Post-Surgery Aftercare Guidelines:

  • Take prescribed medications as directed, including any thyroid hormone replacement therapy.
  • Keep the surgical incision clean and dry, following the provided instructions for wound care.
  • Avoid strenuous activities, heavy lifting, or excessive neck movements for some time.
  • Attend follow-up appointments with your surgeon to monitor healing and adjust treatment.
  • Report any signs of infection, such as increased pain, redness, swelling, or discharge.
  • Follow a balanced diet and stay hydrated to support overall healing and thyroid function.
  • Monitor and report any changes in energy levels, mood, or weight to your healthcare provider.
  • Follow your surgeon’s instructions regarding resuming normal activities.

Thyroidectomy FAQs

How should I prepare for thyroid surgery?

Before surgery for thyroid in Aldie, it’s crucial to inform your surgeon about your medical history and medications. Follow their guidance on fasting and avoid blood-thinning drugs. Arrange for post-surgery support at home and have a discussion about potential complications and risks.

What is the expected duration of a thyroid surgery procedure?

The duration of thyroid surgery typically ranges from 2 to 4 hours. Factors like the complexity of the procedure and your individual case can influence the exact duration. Your surgeon will provide a more accurate estimate during pre-surgery consultations.

How long is the recovery period after thyroid surgery?

The recovery time after thyroid surgery varies, but most patients can expect a 1 to 2-week initial recovery period. However, returning to regular activities may take several weeks, depending on individual factors and the extent of surgery.

Can thyroid surgery affect my voice or vocal cords?

Thyroid surgery carries a small risk of temporary or permanent vocal cord changes, especially if the surgery involves nearby structures. However, our surgeons take precautions to minimize this risk of voice changes.

What is the success rate of thyroid surgery in treating thyroid disorders?

When conducted by experienced surgeons, surgery for thyroid in Aldie is highly successful in treating disorders of the thyroid. Success rates vary by the type and severity of the condition, but the procedure is generally effective in alleviating symptoms and managing thyroid problems. The risk of complications is fairly low when performed by skilled professionals.

Schedule Your Consultation

Comprehensive Surgery Specialists, under the guidance of board-certified surgeon Dr. Jacqueline Moore, cordially invite you to arrange a consultation today. As a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons, Dr. Moore brings substantial expertise in thyroid surgery. Whether you’re seeking treatment for thyroid conditions, nodules, or cancer, our team in Stone Ridge is dedicated to providing personalized care. Take the first step toward better thyroid health and book your consultation with Comprehensive Surgery Specialists now.

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