Though a small gland, the thyroid greatly influences whole-body function. When it grows problematic masses, leaks too many hormones, or shows cancerous changes, surgery may provide the best chance for normalized health. Our skilled otolaryngology team compassionately guides patients in determining whether total or partial thyroidectomy can alleviate issues stemming from thyroid disease.

Thyroidectomy may be considered for the following reasons:

  • Goiter: A goiter is an enlarged thyroid that may cause hoarseness and difficulty breathing and/or swallowing
  • Nodules: Most thyroid nodules are benign, but occasionally a thyroid nodule can be a cancerous tumor
  • Cancer: Treatment of thyroid cancer starts with removal of the thyroid
  • Hyperthyroidism: An overactive thyroid can sometimes be treated with oral medications or radioactive iodine, but some require more urgent attention or these treatments may not be an option. A small number of patients may have to undergo thyroidectomy.

During surgery, our team aims to protect critical structures like parathyroid glands and vocal nerve while thoroughly eliminating disease.

For post-surgical support, we provide medication regimens stabilizing metabolism and comprehensive follow-up assessing thyroid hormone levels and cancer markers for years following procedures when indicated. Our multi-disciplinary team strives to help patients regain optimal system function after thyroidectomy.