The butterfly-shaped gland in the neck that regulates metabolism and helps with growth and development is called the thyroid gland. There are some conditions of the thyroid that can be treated with medication, and other conditions that may benefit from surgery.
If a goiter (enlarged thyroid gland) develops, the enlarged thyroid may compress the trachea or esophagus, making it more difficult to breathe and swallow normally. This sometimes requires surgery.
If nodules develop in the thyroid, it will be necessary to determine if cancer is present or likely to develop. This evaluation usually includes a fine needle aspiration biopsy of one or more of the nodules. This is an outpatient procedure, and it can often be accomplished in the office.
If surgery is indicated, either the entire thyroid gland or only a part of it may be removed, depending on the indication for surgery. For a total thyroidectomy, the surgeon removes the whole gland and often some lymph nodes around it. This is usually done for larger thyroid cancers. In a thyroid lobectomy, just one lobe (side of the gland) that contains the problem is removed. After surgery, the doctor will check the blood levels and prescribe the proper medications.
If you are suffering from problems with your thyroid, feel free to contact our office to learn more about evaluation and treatment options and how TOA Surgical Specialists can help.
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