Many thyroid problems can be treated without surgery. The treatment chosen by your doctor will depend on your condition. The most common medical treatments and surgeries are described here.
An over-active thyroid (hyperthyroidism) can be treated with drugs that slow down production of thyroid hormones. Radioactive iodine or anti-thyroid drugs are used to reduce thyroid hormone production. But, both these treatments can result in an underactive thyroid, which then also requires treatment.
An under-active thyroid (hypothyroidism) is treated by replacing the hormone that is not being produced in enough quantities. The drugs used for this may also be used to treat thyroid cancer or other thyroid conditions.
In certain cases, an operation to remove some or all of your thyroid gland may be needed. For example:
There are several different types of thyroid surgery, such as:
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