Thyroid Surgery / Thyroidectomy
Thyroid surgery is a surgical procedure used to treat thyroid gland problems. The thyroid gland is an organ located in the lower part of the neck and plays an important role in the regulation of metabolism.
Health care providers perform thyroidectomy to treat thyroid disorders. These include cancer, noncancerous enlargement of the thyroid (goitre) and overactive thyroid (hyperthyroidism). In this procedure, an incision is made to remove the thyroid gland or nodule, usually under general anaesthesia. The surgeon uses micro surgical techniques to remove thyroid tissue.
After thyroid surgery, patients often experience pain, swelling and discomfort in the throat. However, the recovery process is usually quick and patients can usually return to their normal activities within a few days.
Thyroid surgery is an important procedure, especially if the nodules or cancer are large. However, like any surgical procedure, thyroid surgery carries risks and should be performed by a qualified surgeon.