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May 06

Do you need a thyroidectomy?

HypothyroidismThyroid surgery (thyroidectomy) involves removing part or all of the thyroid gland. Although not the most common treatment, thyroid surgery is the only way to immediately cure hyperthyroidism, a thyroid gland that is overactive. The first line treatment for hyperthyroidism is usually drug therapy, but there are some circumstances in which thyroid surgery is strongly preferred to drug treatment.

Like surgery at many other sites, thyroid surgery has been greatly improved as a laparoscopy procedure. Generally, the recovery time after thyroid surgery is short and there is little discomfort. Immediately after surgery recovery, you will be able to perform normal activities like talking, eating and swallowing. Many people spend one night in the hospital, although some thyroid surgery procedures allow for same-day release.

You can learn more about this surgical procedure by reading our past article, “Hyperthyroidism and Thyroid Surgery.” If you have any question about thyroid treatment, thyroid surgery, thyroid cancer treatment or about any other areas included in general surgery, especially bariatric surgery, please contact our office. You may use Contact Dr Birkedal or phone us at (386) 210-9794. Our offices, located in Daytona, New Smyrna and Palm Coast are all part of the AdventHealth Medical Group.

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