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Thyroidectomy (Thyroid Gland Removal)

  • What is Thyroidectomy?

    Thyroidectomy is the removal of all or part of your thyroid gland. The thyroid is a small gland in your neck that produces hormones to regulate your metabolism, and is an important function for physiological processes.

    The main types of thyroid surgery are:

    • Total thyroidectomy (removal of the entire thyroid gland)
    • Lobectomy or hemithyroidectomy (removal of half of the thyroid gland)
    • Near-total thyroidectomy (removal of most of the thyroid gland but leaving a little tissue on one side)
    • Isthmusectomy (removal of the central part of the thyroid gland)


  • Thyroidectomy is used to treat thyroid disorders such as cancer, noncancerous enlargement of the thyroid (goiter) and overactive thyroid (hyperthyroidism). Your doctor will recommend a thyroid removal surgery if you:

    • Are suspected of having thyroid cancer
    • Have an enlarged nodule in the thyroid that causes compression of surrounding structures in the neck. These structures may include the trachea (windpipe) or oesophagus.
    • Have difficulty swallowing or breathing due to enlarged thyroid gland or nodule
    • Want a visibly enlarged thyroid near your neck removed for cosmetic reasons

    A thyroidectomy also helps to maintain thyroid hormone levels and create a better sense of well-being.

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