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Thyroid Surgery Live

MUSIC AMONG THE ESTIMATED 59 MILLION AMERICANS WITH THYROID DISEASE ARE MANY WHO WILL NEED SURGERY TO REMOVE THE THYROID GLAND. WELCOME TO MEMORIAL HEALTH AND YOU. WITH US TODAY IS DR. SCOTT BLACKBURN, MEMORIAL GENERAL SURGEON. DR. BLACKBURN, WHEN IS SURGERY THE ANSWER FOR SOMEONE WITH THYROID DISEASE SUSAN THANKS FOR HAVING ME ON TODAY. SURGERY IS ALWAYS THE DEFINITE TREATMENT FOR THYROID CANCER AND SOMETIMES FOR BENIGN DISEASE IF IT CAN CAUSE SYMPTOMS. FOR EXAMPLE, SOMETIMES A PATIENT WHO IS HAVING PROBLEMS BREATHING OR SWALLOWING IS REFERRED TO ME BECAUSE OF NODULES OR GOITER, WHICH IS THE ENLARGEMENT OF THE THYROID.

THAT CAN CAUSE COMPRESSION OF THE WINDPIPE OR THE ESOPHAGUS. WHAT ARE SOME OF THE THINGS YOU TELL YOUR PATIENTS WHO ARE CONSIDERING SURGERY WITH SURGICAL TREATMENT OF THE THYROID REQUIRES AN EXTRA LEVEL OF EXPERIENCE AND SURGICAL SKILL TO AVOID COMPLICATIONS, SUCH AS DAMAGING THE NEAR BY NERVES OF THE VOCAL CHORDS OR THE PARATHYROID GLANDS. WE USE A GENERAL ANESTHETIC, OUR INCISIONS ARE SMALL AND RECOVERY TIME IS PRETTY SHORT. ALL THE STITCHES ARE ON THE INSIDE, SO THE SCAR IT LEAVES IS VERY FAINT. MANY PATIENTS GET TO GO HOME THE SAME DAY. WHAT FOLLOWUP TREATMENT IS NEEDED AFTER SURGERY.

WE MONITOR CLOSELY THE PATIENT’S ELECTROLYTE AND HORMONE LEVELS AFTER SURGERY. THYROID HORMONE REPLACEMENT THERAPY MAY BE NEEDED ESPECIALLY IF WE’VE REMOVED THE ENTIRE GLAND. BUT THIS MEDICATION IS NOT DISRUPTIVE IF TAKEN PROPERLY AND CONSISTENTLY. YOUR SURGEON WILL WALK YOU THROUGH ALL YOUR THYROID SURGERY OPTIONS, INCLUDING TOTAL THYROIDECTOMY, WHICH MEANS THE COMPLETE REMOVAL OF THE GLAND. DON’T BE AFRAID TO ASK ANY QUESTIONS IF THERE’S ANY PART OF THE PROCEDURE THAT YOU DON’T UNDERSTAND. THAT’S GREAT ADVICE. THANK YOU, DR. BLACKBURN. WE CAN MAIL YOU THIS FREE BROCHURE WITH MORE.

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