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Thyroidectomy

About thyroidectomy

Any kind of treatment for a problem with your thyroid begins with a conversation with your doctor. In cases where medical treatment won't work, and surgery is indicated, he or she may recommend the surgical removal of all or part of your thyroid gland (a thyroidectomy) for a variety of problems, including non-cancerous enlargement of the thyroid, overactive thyroid, or thyroid cancer.

If surgery is required, the extent and type of thyroid problem you have will affect how much of your thyroid gland needs to be removed. With a partial thyroidectomy, where just a part of the gland is removed, your thyroid may be able to function again normally. A total thyroidectomy, where the entire gland is removed, will require you to take daily hormones after surgery for the rest of your life.

Different devices lead to different results

Whatever type of thyroidectomy you're having, the way your surgeon performs the procedure can ultimately affect the pain after the operation and speed of recovery. The procedure can be performed using any of several different types of instruments. In a traditional thyroidectomy, the surgeon uses electrosurgery (a device that uses the heat generated from an electric arc) to cut and seal the tissue during the procedure. Because of the extreme heat, the surrounding tissue can be damaged.

On the other hand, the same procedure can be performed using HARMONIC® Devices that use high-speed vibrational energy, which can minimize damage to the tissue.

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