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If you've been scheduled for a Thyroid Surgery, you probably have some questions. Our guide offers the answers you're looking for, and helps you prepare for your operation.
Thyroid surgery that removes one or both of your thyroid lobes is called a thyroidectomy. A thyroidectomy may be done if:
Most types of thyroid surgery are done in a similar way. The major difference is how much of the thyroid is removed. Your surgeon will talk with you about which surgery is best for you.
Common types of thyroid surgery include:
The surgery is done under general anesthesia. This means you will be asleep during the surgery. The surgeon makes an incision (cut) in the lower neck. The length of the incision will depend on the size of the nodule and the size and shape of your neck. Usually, the incision is between 4 to 6 centimetres long but can be longer if you are having lymph nodes removed.
How long will I need to stay in the hospital?
Most patients will be able to go home the same day as the operation. Usually, you need to stay in the hospital for about 6 hours and then, your family or friends can drive you home.
Learn how smoking and tobacco can affect your recovery after surgery, and how quitting can improve your health.