Thyroidectomy is a surgical procedure to remove whole or a part of the thyroid gland.
This gland located at the base of the neck is responsible for producing hormones that control metabolism. If only a portion of thyroid is removed, then the gland performs normally. However, if the entire gland is removed then medications have to be taken daily.
The doctor will recommend
To undergo a few tests, such as imaging tests, CT scan, ultrasound, etc. to identify the location of the abnormal thyroid growth.
Fine needle aspiration to identify whether the growth is cancerous or not, in some cases
Iodine treatments or thyroid medicine 1 or 2 weeks before the surgery to reduce the risk of bleeding and regulate the function of the gland
Stopping blood thinning medications at least 10 days before the procedure
Fasting 8 to 10 hours prior to the surgery
It is common that the patient experiences pain in the throat and has a weak voice, after the procedure. These are temporary conditions.
The patient will be discharged in 1 to 2 days after the surgery. Most of the patients can eat and drink normally in a few days.
Cost of the surgery ranges from INR 2,00,000 to 3,50,000 in top Indian hospitals.
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