Surgery for Thyroid Cancer

Surgery is the most effective treatment for thyroid cancer. Our thyroid surgeons are highly experienced and have dedicated their careers to the surgical treatment of thyroid cancer.

We average 200 thyroid cancer surgeries every year. Our surgeons work with experienced endocrinologists and nurses to bring you the most effective treatment after surgery.

Our state-of-the-art surgery services include:

  • Minimally invasive thyroid surgery
  • Minimally invasive parathyroid surgery performed under local anesthesia
  • Endoscopic video-assisted surgery
  • Surgery in the doctor’s office with no overnight hospital stay
  • Lymph node surgery               
  • Nerve monitoring during thyroid surgery to preserve your voice

What to Expect

Your thyroid gland might be removed for several reasons:

  • Thyroid cancer
  • Thyroid nodules that are getting larger or might become cancer
  • Overactive thyroid
  • A growing thyroid gland that is pressing on the windpipe or esophagus or growing into the chest

Your surgeon might remove half your thyroid gland or the entire gland. If your doctor knows ahead of time that you have thyroid cancer, the whole thyroid is almost always removed. The lymph nodes near your thyroid gland and windpipe might also be removed.

If your entire thyroid gland is taken out, you will need to take thyroid hormone medicine every day for the rest of your life. Even if only half the thyroid is removed, there is a chance you may still need to take thyroid supplements every day.

Most patients who have half their thyroid removed go home the same day. If your doctor removes your entire thyroid gland, you will probably stay in the hospital overnight. The doctor will leave a small opening, called a drain, in the area where you had surgery. This keeps fluid from building up in this area. We will remove this a day or two after your surgery. You will probably be fully recovered from thyroid surgery in about one week.