Getting Thyroid Surgery Thyroid Conditions
Together, you and your doctor will decide if thyroid surgery is right for you. If it is, you’ll have either traditional thyroid surgery or minimally invasive thyroid surgery.
Thyroid surgery may be the only treatment option if:
In traditional, open thyroid surgery, a 2–8 cm incision (cut) is made in the skin of the lower part of the neck. The surgery is done under a general anesthetic. You will need to stay in the hospital for one or two days.
A minimally invasive approach leaves only a tiny scar that may be less visible. The surgery may be done under local or general anesthetic. Depending on the extent of the surgery, you may or may not require an overnight stay in the hospital.
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