Thyroid and parathyroid gland resections

Thyroidectomy is a surgical procedure in which parts or the entire thyroid gland are removed. Reasons for this may include hyperthyroidism, hypothyroidism, or the presence of nodules. Parathyroidectomy refers to the removal of the parathyroid glands, which are responsible for regulating calcium in the blood. Both procedures may be necessary to correct hormonal imbalances or to treat malignant changes. The surgeries are performed under anesthesia.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) about Thyroid Resection

What is thyroid resection?

Thyroid resection is a surgical operation in which a part or the entire thyroid gland is removed. This may be necessary for the treatment of thyroid cancer, benign thyroid nodules, hyperthyroidism (overactive thyroid), or other conditions.

When is thyroid resection recommended?

Thyroid resection is recommended when a person has thyroid nodules that are suspicious for cancer, when the thyroid gland is excessively large (goiter), in cases of hyperthyroidism, or other conditions that require surgical removal.

Are there different types of thyroid resections?

Yes, there are different types of thyroid resections, including total thyroidectomy (removal of the entire thyroid gland), hemithyroidectomy (removal of part of the thyroid gland, usually one side), and subtotal thyroidectomy (removal of a large portion of the thyroid gland).

What risks are associated with thyroid resection?

Risks of thyroid resection may include bleeding, infections, injury to the vocal cords or parathyroid glands, temporary or permanent changes in hormone levels, and allergic reactions to anesthesia. Our surgeons will inform you about all risks.

How long does recovery take after thyroid resection?

Recovery time may vary depending on the type and extent of the operation. Generally, however, patients can return to their normal activities after a few days to weeks. Full recovery may take several weeks to months.

Who is a candidate for thyroid resection?

Individuals with thyroid nodules suspicious for cancer, with overactive thyroid, thyroid enlargement, or other thyroid conditions that do not respond to medical treatments may be candidates for thyroid resection.

How is preparation for thyroid resection done?

Preparation may include discontinuing certain medications, fasting, performing preoperative tests such as blood tests or imaging, and following instructions from the surgeon. Important: list and inform about all medications taken before the surgery!

Are there alternative treatment options to thyroid resection?

Yes, depending on the diagnosis and condition, there are alternative treatment options such as medical therapy, radioiodine therapy, or monitoring without immediate intervention. Your doctor will recommend the best treatment option for your specific situation.

How do I find a qualified surgeon for thyroid resection?

The Gateway Clinics specialize in thyroid resections. Our surgeons have extensive experience and expertise in performing thyroid surgeries. Feel free to reach out to us for further questions or find more information on our website.

Where can I get more information about thyroid resections?

For more information about thyroid resections and specific treatment options, feel free to contact us directly or visit our website.


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