The most common reason patients are referred for thyroid surgery is after an evaluation for a thyroid nodule. Surgery is also an option for the treatment of hyperthyroidism and for any goitre that may be causing symptoms.
During Parathyroid gland surgery, the normal parathyroid glands are left intact while the glands that are overproducing are removed. The average cure rate, according to EndocrineWeb.com, is approximately 94%.
Information about Thyroid and Parathyroid surgery procedures
Operations for thyroid and parathyroid disorders are safe and highly successful with a low complication rate. Parathyroid disease, or hyperparathyroidism, can be cured with minimally invasive parathyroid surgery. Since the disease results in overproduction of hormones, the goal is to remove the source of the problem. During Parathyroid gland surgery, the normal parathyroid glands are left intact while the glands that are overproducing are removed. The average cure rate, according to EndocrineWeb.com, is approximately 94%.
Thyroid surgery is a possible treatment for individuals who suffer from thyroid conditions such as hyperthyroidism or thyroid cancer. Doctors will usually attempt to treat a thyroid condition using medication first. If nonsurgical methods do not work to alleviate or manage symptoms effectively, thyroid surgery is often the next line of procedure. Through this type of surgery, doctors are able to eliminate the problem for good since the operation actually removes the source of the problem – the thyroid gland.
The extent of thyroid surgery performed depends on the specific thyroid condition being treated. The goal is to treat the condition to the best extent possible, while maintaining the lowest risk. Surgery will be recommended if the condition cannot be adequately treated medically, i.e. if cancer is found or suspected, if the airway is obstructed, or if medical treatment is unsuccessful. Depending on the specific condition, the extent of thyroid surgery will vary from removing only one lobe of the thyroid, or half of the gland. This procedure is called a thyroid lobectomy or hemithyroidectomy. Removing the entire thyroid is called a total thyroidectomy.
If you have questions about thyroid and parathyroid procedures, contact your local doctor who will arrange for you to see a thyroid surgeon.