As Lonnie Lamoreaux carried on with life in Anchorage, Alaska, it became more difficult to hold conversations without wheezing or coughing. His hometown doctor said there nothing could be done there.
Surgical treatment for thyroid disorders.
Thyroidectomy is a surgery to remove all or part of the thyroid gland. We use thyroidectomy to treat a number of thyroid disorders, including:
- Hyperthyroidism -- an overactive thyroid gland
- Thyroid cancer
- Thyroid goiter -- an enlarged thyroid gland
- Thyroid nodules -- growths in the thyroid gland
Standard thyroidectomy is a good choice for patients with large thyroid nodules, advanced thyroid cancer, or large thyroid goiters.
How does thyroidectomy work?
In a standard thyroidectomy, a surgeon makes a 3- to 4-inch incision in the neck to access the thyroid gland. The thyroid gland is located near many important structures in the neck, including the nerves to the larynx (voice box) and major blood vessels. Our surgeons’ expertise and use of technology ensure that we protect these structures while performing successful thyroidectomy.
Depending on the thyroid disorder, the surgeon may remove all or part of the thyroid gland. Standard thyroid surgery is an inpatient procedure, and patients typically stay in the hospital for a few days afterward for monitoring.
Our doctors offer thyroidectomy options in addition to the standard procedure. Many of these are less invasive and require smaller incisions. These options include: