Thyroidectomy is an operation that consists in the total or partial removal of the thyroid gland. Do you or someone close to you have a thyroidectomy planned? In this article, we help you better understand this surgical procedure. Learn about the operation and what you need to know to prepare as best as possible.
In what cases is thyroid surgery needed?
- The suspicion of a cancerous nodule: if alternatives such as treatment with iodine-131 exist, surgery is recommended when the cancer risk is high.
- The presence of a benign nodule: an operation is recommended when the nodule is larger than 25 millimeters and generates discomfort in breathing, swallowing or speaking.
- Thyroid cancer or a goiter with a significant increase in thyroid volume.
- Basedow’s disease, an autoimmune disease which causes hyperthyroidism (an abnormally high production of thyroid hormones).