Has your doctor mentioned that you may need thyroid surgery, either soon or in the future? If so, you likely have several questions. Here are the basic facts you need to know about thyroid surgery. Be sure to contact your ENT at West Coast Ear, Nose and Throat in Simi Valley to discuss the details of your particular condition.

What is Thyroid Surgery?

Thyroid surgery is a surgical procedure in which all or part of your thyroid gland is removed. The thyroid is a butterfly-shaped gland located in your lower neck. Part of the endocrine system, your thyroid helps control your metabolism.

When is Thyroid Surgery Needed?

Thyroid surgery is used to treat a variety of thyroid conditions. For example, it can be used to remove nodules, cysts, goiters and tumors on the thyroid. It can also be used to treat hyperthyroidism or to remove cancer of the thyroid.

How is Thyroid Surgery Performed?

During thyroid surgery, your surgeon will create a small cut in your neck. He or she will then carefully remove all or part of your thyroid without damaging the blood vessels nearby. Once your thyroid is removed, your surgeon will place a small catheter to help drain extra blood and fluids and then close up the area with stitches. The entire procedure can take up to four hours.

Am I a Good Candidate for Thyroid Surgery?

If your Simi Valley ENT has found unwanted growths on or problems with your thyroid, you may be a good candidate for thyroid surgery. Only your doctor can let you know for sure, though, so be sure to schedule a consultation with your ENT at West Coast Ear, Nose and Throat in Simi Valley to learn more about your condition and to find out what the best treatment for you may be.