Thyroid surgery becomes necessary when the thyroid produces excess hormones or develops structural problems like the growth of cysts and swelling.The surgery involves removing all or part of the thyroid gland. Our surgeon, Dr. Prasad has the experience and expertise in performing thyroid surgery for treating thyroid problems.
Thyroid surgery is recommended in the following conditions:
The most common types of thyroid surgery are:
Lobectomy is a type of surgery where half of the thyroid gland that has the nodule is removed. It is an effective surgical procedure to treat small or intermediate size papillary thyroid cancers. In this procedure, a small incision in the lower central neck is made after giving general anesthesia to the patient.
It is sometimes called ‘diagnostic lobectomy’ because the preoperative diagnosis may be uncertain, and the reason for this surgery is to make a diagnosis whether you have cancer or not. Generally, a frozen section (biopsy of the nodule) is performed during the procedure while the patient remains under anesthesia. The pathologist then examines the nodule, and if cancer is found, the patient would have to go for a total thyroidectomy.
The patient will have to get their thyroid levels checked after surgery. Depending on the thyroid levels, some patients might have to undergo thyroid hormone replacement.
Your surgeon will use general anesthesia during the procedure. Several monitors are placed on your body to ensure your blood pressure, heart rate, and blood oxygen are at safe levels throughout the surgical procedure. The surgeon makes an incision in the neck or several incisions around the thyroid. All or part of the thyroid gland is removed depending on the type of surgical procedure. If you have thyroid cancer, the surgeon may remove lymph nodes around the thyroid. The main approaches to thyroidectomy are:
At Alaska cancer treatment center Far North Surgery, we use the latest techniques, tools, and surgical procedures to treat thyroid problems. Our surgeon Dr. Madhu Prasad uses laparoscopic or minimally invasive surgery in treating thyroid problems and thyroid cancer. Call us at 907-276-3676 to get the best treatment option for thyroid problems or answer any questions you may have. You can also fill out our 1-minute contact form here.