When is this performed?
- In the treatment of an over active thyroid
- For the removal of a large thyroid
- For the removal of a thyroid nodule or lesion
What does the treatment involve?
- Receiving an anaesthetic – usually general anaesthetic
- Surgical incision around the necklace line in the neck
Are there any side-effects?
- Immediately after surgery the neck can feel sore and swallowing may be a uncomfortable
- The mortality rates with surgery are very low (0.16%)
- A hoarse voice is common and usually temporary
- Permanent change to the voice is rare (1-2%)
- If the complete thyroid is removed, patients have an under active thyroid following surgery and require life-long thyroid hormone replacement
How long does this treatment take and is admission to hospital required?
- Usually 1-3 days and hospital admission is required. Patients will also need to take time off work and avoid driving for about 2 weeks.
What should you tell your doctor?
- A precise list of all your medication
- Your allergies