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THYROID SURGERY

Finding a Thyroid Tumor:

There are two treatments that we use to test for thyroid cancer or other necessary protocols for thyroid surgery:

1) Ultrasound

We offer thyroid ultrasounds which use soundwaves and imaging technology to produce pictures of the thyroid gland within the neck. These ultrasounds are commonly used to evaluate lumps or nodules found during a routine exam. Ultrasounds are very safe and painless, and can also be used to see if a thyroid nodule has substantially grown over time.

2) Biopsy

In addition to thyroid ultrasounds, we are also able to perform a fine needle biopsy, typically performed under ultrasound guidance. Your doctor will insert the needle through the skin and into the thyroid nodule in order to withdraw cells. The biopsy samples will then be used to make a diagnosis regarding the potential thyroid tumor.

Thyroid surgery

Thyroid surgery is used to treat or rule out thyroid cancer, as well as to treat Graves’ disease, recurrent thyroid cysts, or symptomatic thyroid nodules.

The 3 primary reasons to consider thyroid surgery include:

  • A nodule that is potentially thyroid cancer
  • A diagnosis of thyroid cancer
  • A nodule that is causing symptoms such as difficulty swallowing or a visible mass.

Your surgery will depend on the results of your ultrasound or biopsy, and will ultimately depend on the tumor itself, whether it is benign or malignant. Thyroid surgery is generally safe and complications are uncommon. The overall risk of serious complications are less than 2%. Once you’ve recovered from your thyroid surgery, you’ll be able to resume normal activity after a few weeks of rest and recovery.

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