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Thyroid Removal SurgeryIn Jaipur

Thyroidectomy, a surgical procedure to remove all or part of the thyroid gland, addresses complications such as thyroid cancer, goiter, hyperthyroidism, and suspicious thyroid nodules, ensuring effective management and relief.

If you're considering a thyroidectomy, reach out to us, or book a direct appointment with our ENT specialist. At the CK Birla Hospital Jaipur, we are dedicated to ensuring that your thyroidectomy is as safe, comfortable, and effective as possible. We're here to guide you every step of the way toward a successful recovery.

What are the risks if a thyroidectomy is not done timely? 

If a thyroidectomy is not performed timely when indicated, several risks arise, such as:

  • Worsening symptoms: Conditions like hyperthyroidism can lead to severe weight loss, tremors, and palpitations.
  • Thyroid storm: Untreated severe hyperthyroidism may cause a life-threatening thyroid storm, characterised by fever and rapid heart rate.
  • Compression symptoms: An enlarged thyroid can cause difficulty swallowing, breathing problems, or voice changes.
  • Progression of cancer: Delaying surgery for thyroid cancer allows the cancer to grow and potentially spread, complicating treatment.
  • Metabolic imbalance: Graves’ disease can cause long-term complications like atrial fibrillation and osteoporosis.
  • Psychological impact: Chronic symptoms may lead to significant psychological distress.

Timely surgery is crucial to mitigate these risks.

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What are the types of thyroidectomy?

Thyroidectomies fall into two primary categories: total and partial.

Types of partial thyroidectomies:

  • Hemi-thyroidectomy or thyroid lobectomy: Your thyroid is cut in half, or one lobe, by the surgeon.
  • Isthmusectomy: The surgeon removes the thyroid tissue between the two lobes (thyroid isthmus). This surgery is specifically for small tumours located in the isthmus.
  • Open thyroid biopsy: The surgeon removes a thyroid nodule directly. This surgery is rarely performed.

Surgically removing all or most of your thyroid tissue is known as a total or near-total thyroidectomy.

Your need for a thyroidectomy will determine the kind of procedure you require. For example:

  • Hemithyroidectomy: For a nodule on one side of the thyroid.
  • Total thyroidectomy: For a large goiter or a large cancerous tumour.

Your surgeon and you will decide on the best course of action for your operation.

What is the average cost of a thyroidectomy?

The cost of a thyroidectomy varies as per the specific type of treatment advised by a healthcare provider, such as:

  • Hemi-thyroidectomy or thyroid lobectomy
  • Isthmusectomy
  • Open thyroid biopsy
  • Hemithyroidectomy
  • Total thyroidectomy

The cost can also vary widely depending on several factors, including the location, the extent of the procedure, the surgeon's experience, and the hospital's pricing structure.

To get an explicit estimate for the cost of a thyroidectomy at the CK Birla Hospital, contact the hospital directly. Additionally, you can consult with our board-certified ENT specialist to discuss your specific needs and receive a personalised quote for the procedure. 

What are the advantages of laparoscopic/robotic thyroidectomy surgery over traditional thyroidectomy surgery?

The advantages of laparoscopic/robotic thyroidectomy surgery over traditional thyroidectomy surgery are summarised below:

Feature

Laparoscopic/Robotic Surgery

Open Surgery

Incision size

Small, keyhole incisions

Larger, single incision

Recovery time

Generally shorter

Longer

Postoperative pain

Typically less

Typically more

Hospital stay

Shorter (often same-day discharge)

Longer

Cosmetic result

Minimal scarring

More noticeable scar

Return to normal activities

Quicker

Slower

However, the choice between laparoscopic/robotic and open surgery depends on individual patient factors and surgeon expertise. Each method has its own set of advantages and should be considered in the context of the patient's overall health and specific circumstances.

What is the diagnosis before a thyroidectomy?

Before a thyroidectomy, a thorough diagnostic process is essential. Common diagnoses include:

  • Thyroid nodules: Assessed for cancer risk.
  • Thyroid cancer: Types like papillary, follicular, medullary, or anaplastic.
  • Goiter: Enlarged thyroid causing compression symptoms or cosmetic concerns.
  • Hyperthyroidism: Conditions such as Graves' disease or toxic multinodular goiter.
  • Thyroiditis: Inflammation leading to persistent issues.

Diagnostic steps involve:

  • Physical examination for neck lumps.
  • Blood tests for thyroid hormones and antibodies.
  • Ultrasound for structure assessment.
  • Fine-needle aspiration biopsy (FNAB) for cellular analysis.
  • Radioactive Iodine Uptake Test for thyroid function.
  • CT or MRI scan for large goiters or invasive cancer.

What are the pre-treatment/surgery instructions for thyroidectomy?

Pre-treatment and pre-surgery instructions for thyroidectomy ensure a smooth procedure and minimise risks. 

The key instructions are:

  • Before surgery, use antiseptic soap while showering.
  • Wear comfortable clothes; avoid jewellery and makeup.
  • Bring essential personal items only.
  • Arrange for someone to drive you home.
  • Avoid alcohol and smoking before surgery.
  • Medication adjustments are necessary, particularly stopping blood thinners.
  • Fasting from midnight before surgery is usually required.

On surgery day, arrive early, sign consent forms, and inform the surgeon of any health changes. Pay attention to the advice given by your healthcare practitioner.

What are the post-surgery instructions for thyroidectomy?

After a thyroidectomy, expect a brief hospital stay to monitor vital signs and calcium levels. Other instructions are:

  • Rest and avoid heavy lifting for a few weeks.
  • Drink plenty of fluids.
  • Soft foods can ease throat discomfort.
  • Take thyroid hormone replacement if prescribed. Manage pain with prescribed medications, avoiding aspirin.
  • Keep the incision clean and dry, and watch for infection signs like redness or discharge.
  • Avoid smoking.

Attend follow-up appointments and get regular blood tests. Be alert for symptoms of hypocalcemia and voice changes, and notify your doctor if these occur. 

How do you recover after a thyroidectomy?

Recovery after a thyroidectomy involves several steps. Immediately post-surgery, patients stay in the hospital for 1-2 days and manage pain with prescribed medications. At home:

  • Incision care: Keep the site clean and dry.
  • Activity: Take part in easy activities rather than hard workouts.
  • Diet: Start with soft foods and stay hydrated.

Medication and follow-up care are crucial. This involves:

  • Thyroid hormone replacement: Necessary if the entire thyroid is removed.
  • Calcium levels: Monitor and manage as needed.

Regular monitoring, scar management, and emotional support aid long-term recovery. Maintain a healthy lifestyle and attend all follow-up appointments.

Why Should you Choose CK Birla Hospital, Jaipur for Thyroid Removal Surgery(Thyroidectomy)?

CK Birla Hospitals, Jaipur is among the eminent multi-special hospitals operating in the city for decades. The hospital has integrated the most amazing and experienced doctors including other staff members. We ensure dedicating ourselves to offering exceptional and satisfactory patient care. The primary objective behind the inception of this hospital is to make healthcare services available to everyone at an affordable cost including the finest treatment. So, if you are looking for an thyroid removal surgery in Jaipur, then get in touch with our most skilled and highly talented healthcare professionals at RBH.

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What is a thyroidectomy?

A thyroidectomy is a surgical procedure to remove all or part of the thyroid gland, which is located in the neck and produces hormones that regulate metabolism.

What is the purpose of this procedure?

This surgery is typically performed to treat thyroid cancer, a non-cancerous enlargement of the thyroid (goiter), hyperthyroidism (overactive thyroid), or suspicious thyroid nodules.

How is a thyroidectomy performed?

To reach the thyroid gland, the surgeon makes an incision at the front of the neck. Advanced techniques like minimally invasive surgery or robotic-assisted surgery may also be used in some cases.

How will this procedure affect my lifestyle?

With proper medication and follow-up care, most people can lead a normal, healthy life. Regular blood tests will be needed to monitor thyroid hormone levels.

Can thyroid function return after partial thyroidectomy?

In many cases, the remaining part of the thyroid can produce enough hormones, but some patients may still require hormone replacement therapy.

Can I eat and drink normally after my thyroidectomy?

After a thyroidectomy, you can generally eat and drink normally, but soft foods and plenty of fluids are recommended initially. Follow your surgeon's specific postoperative dietary guidelines.

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