Thyroid surgery may be required if the thyroid is significantly enlarged or if biopsy results are indeterminate, suspicious or suggest cancer. The surgeons at Mid-Kansas Ear, Nose & Throat will remove part or all of the thyroid gland. The surgery is performed under general anesthesia.
Each case is different and often decisions about which part of the thyroid to remove are made in the operating room. Your surgeon will discuss all of the possibilities with you pre-operatively. If you have questions, please ask at your pre-op appointment.
After the operation
Most patients are discharged later the same day or the next day. Complications are fortunately very rare but patients may experience bleeding, hoarseness, difficulty swallowing, numbness of the skin around the neck, vocal cord paralysis or low blood calcium.