Austin ENT Associates
Ear, Nose & Throat Specialists & Audiology located in Round Rock, TX
Thyroid surgery may be needed if you have Graves’ disease, recurrent thyroid cysts, or thyroid cancer. The team of ear, nose, and throat specialists at Austin ENT Associates in Round Rock, Texas, includes surgical experts who use advanced tools and techniques to perform thyroid surgery. To schedule a consultation with the patient-focused team, call or book online today.
Thyroid Surgery Q & A
What is thyroid surgery?
Thyroid surgery, or thyroidectomy, is a surgical procedure that removes some or all of your thyroid gland. Your thyroid gland is in your neck and produces a group of hormones called thyroid hormones.
Your thyroid hormones support many body functions, including metabolism, heart rate, and mood.
The ear, nose, and throat specialists at Austin ENT Associates may perform either a partial or total thyroidectomy.
With a partial thyroidectomy, your surgeon removes only the diseased portion of your thyroid. The remaining portion then takes over normal thyroid function, which includes the production of thyroid hormones.
With a total thyroidectomy, your surgeon removes the entire gland. You will need to take thyroid hormone medication after a total thyroidectomy.
Who needs thyroid surgery?
The team at Austin ENT Associates discusses in detail why you need thyroid surgery. The procedure may be recommended if you have:
- Thyroid cancer
- Active or suspicious thyroid nodules
The reason for your surgery may also determine if you need a partial or total thyroidectomy.
What happens during thyroid surgery?
Austin ENT Associates performs thyroid surgery under general anesthesia, which means you’re asleep during the procedure.
The skilled surgeons may use various approaches to perform your thyroid surgery, such as:
Conventional thyroid surgery
During conventional thyroid surgery, your surgeon makes an incision in the natural fold of skin in your neck to gain access to your thyroid and perform the necessary procedure.
What happens after thyroid surgery?
After your thyroid surgery, you’re taken to the recovery room for monitoring. You may be able to go home the same day, but some patients need to spend the night at the hospital.
You may have neck pain and a weak voice following your thyroid surgery, but these side effects subside quickly.
Recovery time varies, but the team may recommend you take it easy for a week or two following your thyroid surgery.
To schedule a thyroid surgery consultation at Austin ENT Associates, call or book an appointment online today.