Located at the foundation of the neck, the thyroid is similar in shape to that of a butterfly. The thyroid creates hormones that coordinate with your metabolism, ranging from how fast calories are burned to the activity of your heart rate. If you may be experiencing thyroid disorders such as cancer, thyroid swelling, or an overactive thyroid, thyroidectomy is a solution to consider.
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What is thyroidectomy?
Thyroidectomy is the removal of either all or a portion of the thyroid gland. The amount of the thyroid gland that’s extracted is based on your individual reason for surgery. If a portion of the thyroid is removed, the thyroid may be able to continue its normal functionality post-operation. If the entire thyroid is withdrawn, thyroid hormone treatment may become necessary to compensate for your thyroids natural function.
Why is thyroidectomy performed?
- Thyroid cancer is the most common reason for a thyroidectomy. If a patient may have thyroid cancer, extracting the thyroid in its entirety may be necessary depending on the nature of the cancer.
- Thyroid swelling (goiter) is a noncancerous enlargement of which the entire or partial section of the thyroid may be removed. A goiter may cause trouble breathing or swallowing. If this is the case, a larger portion, if not the entire thyroid may be removed.
- An overactive thyroid, or hyperthyroidism, is when your thyroid creates an excessive amount of the thyroxine hormone. Thyroidectomy may be an option to consider, however there are additional approaches to take to treat this condition.
What results can I expect from thyroidectomy?
The results a patient can expect from this procedure will depend on the amount of thyroid that is extracted. If only a portion of the thyroid is withdrawn, the remaining thyroid usually is able to continue its operation as normal and thyroid hormonal therapy may not be required. However, if the thyroid in its entirety is removed, you will need to intake synthetic thyroid hormones regularly. These synthetic thyroid hormones carry out the same functionalities at their natural counterparts. Dr. Steljes will help you determine the amount of thyroid hormones you may need following surgery.
If you feel that you may be experiencing complications with your thyroid, contact us today and schedule a consultation appointment to meet with Dr. Steljes to determine if thyroidectomy may be right for you.