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Types of Thyroidectomy

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A board-certified otolaryngologist, Dr. Frank Brettschneider has led as president of Port Huron Ear, Nose, and Throat for more than 27 years. There, Dr. Frank Brettschneider offers services including surgical treatment of the larynx, salivary glands, and thyroid.

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Types of Thyroidectomy

  1. 1. TYPES OF THYROIDECTOMY Frank Brettschneider
  2. 2. Introduction ■ A board-certified otolaryngologist, Dr. Frank Brettschneider has led as president of Port Huron Ear, Nose, andThroat for more than 27 years. There, Dr. Frank Brettschneider offers services including surgical treatment of the larynx, salivary glands, and thyroid. There are several reasons a physician may recommend thyroid surgery. Often, the recommendation is in response to diagnosed thyroid cancer or a potentially cancerous nodule. In other cases, the patient has developed a nodule or goiter compressing the thyroid in a way that directly causes difficulty swallowing or other discomfort, or stimulates the release of excess thyroid hormone. If a patient has a large goiter or tumor that involves both halves of the thyroid, his or her physician is likely to recommend a total thyroidectomy, or full removal of the gland. In addition, current standards of practice suggest a patient with a diagnosed cancer prior to surgery undergo a total thyroidectomy.
  3. 3. Thyroidectomy ■ If the patient has a growth confined to only one side of the thyroid and does not have a cancer diagnosis, a hemithyroidectomy may be more appropriate.Also known as a thyroid lobectomy, this procedure allows the surgeon to remove only one of the two thyroid lobes. Finally, if the patient has a very small tumor in the isthmus - the bridge of tissue between the lobes - the patient may undergo an isthmusectomy.This procedure also may be part of a total surgical plan that includes a lobectomy. In some cases, the patient may undergo removal of part of the other lobe as well.

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