Thyroid Gland Removal Surgery in Kondapur, Hyderabad
Thyroid Surgery involves the removal of all or a portion of the thyroid gland if problems like swelling etc. occur in the gland.
What Is Thyroid Removal?
The thyroid is a small butterfly-like shaped gland located in the lower front part of the neck. The gland helps regulate metabolism and produces hormones that are carried by the blood to every tissue in the body.
Sometimes, when the thyroid produces too many hormones or develops structural problems, like swelling and the growth of nodules or cysts, then, Thyroid Removal Surgery may be necessary.
When Is Thyroid Removal Prescribed or Needed?
If you witness any of the following signs and symptoms:
- Sudden weight loss or gain
- Larger appetite than usual
- Nervousness, anxiety or irritability
- Palpitations (sudden or uneven pounding of the heart)
- Irregular or stop in your menstrual cycle
Then, you should seek medical attention and schedule your appointment with a healthcare professional at the earliest, as they might recommend you to take a thyroid blood test, which helps know the level of thyroid in your blood, to help confirm if you have been diagnosed with any kind of issues related to Thyroid and if you need to go through a Thyroid Removal Surgery.
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How Is Thyroid Removal Performed?
There are several different types of Thyroid Removal Surgeries at Apollo Kondapur, the most common of them being:
- Lobectomy: The thyroid gland consists of two lobes, sometimes, inflammation, a nodule, or swelling affects only half of the thyroid gland. When this happens, the surgeon removes only one of the two lobes and the part behind may retain some or all of its functions.
- Subtotal Thyroidectomy: A Subtotal Thyroidectomy removes the thyroid glands however leaves behind a small amount of the thyroid gland which helps conserve some thyroid functions.
- Total Thyroidectomy: A Total Thyroidectomy is appropriate when nodules, inflammation or swelling affects the whole thyroid gland, or when cancer is present. In this surgery, the entire thyroid gland and the thyroid tissue is removed.
The type of Thyroid Removal Surgery that you are recommended, depends on the severity of the thyroid-related issues and your doctor.
How Do You Prepare For Thyroid Removal?
There are certain things to keep in mind before a Thyroid Removal surgery, which you will of course be provided by your doctor. However, some important points may include:
- Not eating or drinking anything after midnight, before your surgery
- You must tell your doctor if you:
- Are allergic to certain medications, for instance, anaesthesia
- Are taking any kind of medications
- You should arrange a family member or friend, who can help you drive home after you have been discharged
What Are The Complications and Risks Of Thyroid Removal?
Risks specific to thyroid surgery rarely occur. However, some possible complications of Appendectomy include:
- damage to the parathyroid glands (which are the glands that control the level of calcium in your body)
- damage to the recurrent laryngeal nerves (nerves connected to your vocal cords)
other risk factors include:
- Heavy bleeding
What Happens After Thyroid Removal?
On the day after, you have been discharged, you may resume your normal activities however must not engage in any kind of heavy or strenuous activities, for instance, intense workouts.
Your throat may probably feel sore for several days and for that you may have to take certain medications, like acetaminophen or ibuprofen, to help relieve the soreness or even narcotic pain medicines sometimes.
Sometimes, after your surgery, you may develop Hypothyroidism, for which your surgeon may prescribe you certain medications to balance your hormone levels.
What Is The Recovery Time For Thyroid Removal?
You may be able to follow your daily light activities, the day after your surgery, but, it may usually take approximately one to two weeks to recover from a thyroid removal surgery, however, you must wait for a few days and consult with your doctor before engaging in any form of strenuous activity.
When Should You Seek For Medical Help After Thyroid Removal?
Your neck might feel sore for several days after the surgery, which should reduce with time and you may be able to relieve the soreness by taking certain medications prescribed by your doctor. However, if, after the surgery, you witness any of the following signs or symptoms:
- if your muscles start twitching
- if you feel nervous
- if you feel jittery
then, you must notify your doctor so that they can look into the issues further.
A Thyroid Removal surgery is mostly recommended when you are facing issues related to the thyroid gland and is generally a safe surgery, however, as with all surgeries, might have few complications and risks here and there.
The answer to this question depends on the thyroid issue you are facing, for instance, if the whole of your thyroid gland is swelling or causing problems in breathing or swallowing etc. then you may have to remove your whole thyroid gland through a Total Thyroidectomy surgery, and, if only the half of your thyroid is causing you problems or swelling, then you may have to remove only the affected half of the gland, keeping the other half as is.
If you had open or minimal-access surgery, then, you may have a scar on your neck, however, if your surgeon performs a robot-assisted surgery from an incision in your armpit, your scar may be under your arm. The length of your scar, however, may depend on the size of your incision.