By West Coast Ear, Nose and Throat
December 18, 2014
Category: Thyroid Surgery
Tags: Thyroid Surgery  

Here are some telltale signs that you may need thyroid surgery in Thousand Oaks.

Here are the most common conditions and reasons why it may be time to consider getting thyroid surgery in Thousand Oaks.

Why is thyroid surgery performed?

Thyroid surgery is typically recommended if thyroid cancer is detected, if there is a nodule that is causing issues such as problemsThyroid Surgery swallowing or breathing, if there is a fluid-filled cyst that reoccurs after drainage, or if hyperthyroidism cannot be properly treated with the use of medications. However, surgery for hyperthyroidism is rare.

What is thyroid surgery?

The main purpose of thyroid surgery is to remove part or all of the thyroid gland to prevent nodules or cysts, or to remove cancerous parts of the thyroid.

There are several types of thyroid surgeries including a total thyroidectomy in which the entire thyroid gland is removed; a thyroid lobectomy, in which your Thousand Oaks ENT will only remove one lobe; or a subtotal thyroidectomy, in which we will remove more than one lobe (this is most common in those whose hyperthyroidism is due to Graves’ disease).

Thyroid surgery is an inpatient procedure and most patients can leave the hospital one or two days after surgery. Your general health along with the type of surgery will dictate how soon you can leave the hospital and how long your recovery time will be.

What to consider before thyroid surgery

If your doctor has recommended a total thyroidectomy, your entire thyroid will be removed. This means that you will develop hypothyroidism and need to take a synthetic hormone for the rest of your life.

Other thyroid surgeries like a lobectomy can also bring about hypothyroidism. If this happens you will also need to take thyroid medication for life.

If you are experiencing any of these problematic symptoms, then it may be time to schedule your next appointment with your Thousand Oaks ENT as soon as possible. We will be able to run the necessary tests to determine whether thyroid surgery is right for you.