Thyroid surgery is surgery performed to remove a malignant or benign tumor, although other conditions like gland enlargement or excessive hormone production (hyperthyroidism) may also indicate the need for an operation.
Did you know…
an estimated 1 in 20 people have some type of thyroid disorder or abnormality? Millions of people in the U.S. are undergoing treatment for thyroid disorders, and tens of thousands of people have their thyroids removed every year. In 2001, there were approximately 34,500 thyroidectomies performed in the U.S., with the vast majority of them carried out by general surgeons.
Frequently Asked Questions
What types of conditions might require thyroid surgery?
There are several different diseases and disorders of the thyroid that might require surgery. Examples include:
- Thyroid cysts or nodules
- Thyroid cancer
What happens after my thyroid surgery?
Our surgeons work together with your primary care provider and other specialists to collaborate upon your overall care and recovery. Many patients – especially those with thyroid cancers – will require a multi-disciplinary approach to their overall treatment plan. We can work together with endocrinologists, oncologists, pathologists and radiologists to assess, treat and manage your condition.