Surgical Procedures

Thyroid Surgery

General Surgeons in Chandler, AZ

Thyroid surgery is a broad category that encompasses several different types of surgeries performed on the thyroid.

Reasons for Thyroid Surgery

There are a few primary reasons for these types of surgeries such as a case of thyroid cancer or a goiter/nodule that is large enough to cause problematic symptoms. This goiter or nodule is typically treated using thyroid surgery if the patient experiences:

  • Difficulty swallowing
  • Compression of the trachea
  • Displeasure at the unsightly size of the mass
  • Other severe symptoms associated with related conditions of the thyroid such as Graves’ disease, a toxic nodule, or a toxic multinodular goiter.

Types of Thyroid Surgery

The type of thyroid surgery is performed will depend upon the particular patient and their thyroid condition. There are 4 common forms of thyroid surgery including:

Open Thyroid Biopsy

During a thyroid biopsy, a small sample of thyroid tissue is removed from the thyroid gland to be later examined for signs of cancer, infection, or other serious thyroid complications.

Thyroid Isthmusectomy

This procedure excises the thyroid isthmus. A thyroid isthmusectomy is not often performed, although it is an excellent method for preservation of the thyroid that may not be able to be attained with a thyroid lobectomy.

Hemi-Thyroidectomy/Thyroid Lobectomy

A hemithyroidectomy, more often known as a thyroid lobectomy, involves removing the half of the thyroid gland containing a nodule. A thyroid lobectomy may also be necessary in order to properly diagnose a thyroid condition if other biopsy methods are not satisfactory.

Total or Near-Total Thyroidectomy

With a near-total or total thyroidectomy, a majority of or the entire thyroid gland is removed. Most often, this surgery is performed if there is the presence of a large goiter, Graves’ disease, or thyroid cancer. Due to the huge loss of the thyroid gland, patients who undergo this procedure will need to remain on lifelong thyroid hormone replacement after surgery.

For more information about thyroid surgery, or to determine which type of surgery is right for you, contact one of our specialists at  Agave Surgical Specialists at (602) 582-5233 today. You can also schedule an appointment online using our secure form.