Thyroid surgery is also called thyroidectomy, or removal of the thyroid gland. The thyroid gland is a gland at the base of your neck that is shaped like a butterfly. It produces thyroid hormone, which is involved in nearly every one of your body’s processes. It helps regulate your body temperature, metabolism and use of energy, and heart rate, for example.
When you first visit, your condition will be evaluated so that a diagnosis can be made and you and the ENT Otolaryngologist can discuss your treatment options. The doctor will review your medical history and may ask you questions about any symptoms, such as trouble with breathing or swallowing.
Thyroid Surgery for Hyperthyroidism and Thyroid Cancer
Thyroid surgery occurs under general anesthesia. You will fast the day of your surgery. The procedure takes several hours, and you may stay in the hospital for a full 24 hours. It typically takes about 10 days for you to be able to return to regular activities. Complications can include low calcium or potassium levels, bleeding, and infection.
What to Expect with Thyroid Surgery
Dr. Fletcher advises his patients that they may be a good candidate for a facelift if they are bothered by the following facial conditions:
- Sagging skin from the cheeks to the jawline
- Skin folds (loose skin) on the neck
- Facial volume loss
Patients also ask, when should I get a facelift? While, there is no minimum age at which you can explore undergoing a facelift, most are performed on patients 50 and older. There are differences in a person’s facial aging from heredity, sun exposure and overall lifestyle choices.
Dr. Fletcher will discuss your goals and examine your skin. Patients must be in overall good health as a facelift is a surgical procedure. Patients may also benefit from an eyelid lift or other cosmetic procedures.
Compassionate and Individualized Care
At the Georgia Center for Ear, Nose and Throat Center, we believe in treating each patient with the compassion and respect you deserve. We aim to make you feel comfortable from the moment you step in the door until you are completely recovered from your surgery. Our goal is to make you feel better.
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The Georgia Center for Ear, Nose, and Throat is more than an advanced sinus treatment facility. We offer a wide array of cosmetic facial rejuvenation procedures. Dr. Aaron Fletcher and his staff are committed to making sure you feel comfortable in each stage of the process. Call and schedule a consultation to learn more about Dr. Fletcher’s brow lift and other facial procedures. Call us at 678.902.9495 or contact us online for your consultation.
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“Dr. Fletcher removed my thyroid. He took excellent care of me pre-op and post-op. Dr Fletcher took the time to answer all the questions that I and my family had. We were all at ease going in to the procedure and recovery has gone smoothly. Dr Fletcher has kept me well informed on my care and condition and I will readily recommend him and his staff for all of their services."
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Frequently Asked Questions
Thyroid surgery, also known as a thyroidectomy, is a major operation. It has serious risks and potential complications, which are uncommon.
The recovery time after a thyroid surgery varies depending on multiple factors, such as the extent of the surgery, the general health status of the patient, and postoperative care.
Typically, patients stay in the hospital for a day or two for close monitoring, after which most people are ready to return home. You may experience discomfort, swelling, and difficulty speaking or swallowing and may need about two weeks before resuming normal daily activities such as school or work.
Avoid soaking or scrubbing the incision site for at least a week so it can heal properly. Do not do any heavy lifting or perform rigorous tasks that can strain your neck for up to three weeks after your surgery.
In general, it may take several weeks or even a few months to recover fully. It's important to follow the postoperative instructions provided by your thyroid surgeon, which may include taking prescribed medications, maintaining a specific diet, and attending follow-up appointments for a smooth recovery. Let your surgeon know if you have any concerns.
Typically, you can talk after thyroid surgery. However, you may experience some hoarseness in your voice and have trouble speaking due to the swelling and inflammation around the vocal cords.
These symptoms usually improve within a few days to a week as the swelling subsides. This might take longer for some people, ranging from several months to a year. In rare cases, a speech therapist may be required to help with speech recovery.
The cost of thyroid surgery depends on multiple factors, so we cannot provide an exact quote. These include individual health status, risk factors, insurance coverage, and the facility you'll have the procedure.
Don't hesitate to get in touch with our thyroid surgeon in Atlanta at (678) 902-9495 for an estimate.
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