Thyroid Surgery

From partial to total removal of the thyroid, our board-certified physicians offer years of knowledge and experience to our patients. Learn about our specialty training and commitment to our patients.

Thyroid Surgery Overview

The thyroid is a tiny gland that can cause big problems. Many thyroid issues can be treated using medications, but in some cases, some type of thyroid surgery may be needed for effective treatment.

Conditions Treated by Thyroid Surgery

The thyroid, a butterfly-shaped gland located in the neck, produces thyroid hormones that help the body use energy effectively and keep organs working. When the thyroid gland is working normally, you probably never think about it, but more than 12 percent of Americans will experience a thyroid condition at some point.

Thyroid surgery is most commonly recommended for the treatment of thyroid cancer, but it may also be used to treat or relieve noncancerous conditions. This type of surgery is used for:

  • A thyroid nodule or goiter (an enlarged thyroid gland) caused by the excessive release of thyroid hormone
  • A thyroid nodule or goiter causing disruptive symptoms
  • A thyroid nodule that could be cancerous
  • Hyperthyroidism
  • Hyperparathyroidism
  • Thyroid cancer

In some cases, noncancerous thyroid issues can be treated without surgery, but when cancer is a possibility or has been confirmed, thyroid surgery is the standard for treatment.

Understanding Thyroid Surgery

Thyroid surgery, which is called thyroidectomy, involves removing part or all of the thyroid gland. How much of the thyroid is removed during surgery depends on the reason for surgery. Types of thyroid surgery include:

  • Hemi-thyroidectomy, where one lobe/half of the thyroid is removed
  • Isthmusectomy, where the bridge of thyroid tissue between the two thyroid lobes is removed
  • Total or near-total thyroidectomy, where most or all of the thyroid is removed

In some cases, a rare type of thyroid surgery called an open thyroid biopsy may be recommended. During this procedure, a thyroid nodule is removed.

If you are experiencing problems with your thyroid and thyroid surgery is recommended, the team of general surgeons at Hattiesburg Clinic can help you determine the best procedure for your needs. Whenever possible, we use minimally invasive techniques to provide patients with a smooth and quick recovery.

Following surgery, you may need to begin taking thyroid medication. When part or all of the thyroid is removed during thyroid surgery, this medication will be needed to replace the hormones that the thyroid is not producing.

Choose Hattiesburg Clinic

If you have been told you need thyroid surgery for the treatment of thyroid cancer or another thyroid condition, you can count on the board-certified general surgeons at Hattiesburg Clinic.

We have years of experience in performing thyroid surgery, including partial and total removal of the thyroid. With specialty training and expertise, we are committed to providing patients with a safe and effective procedure and guiding them through recovery.

Hattiesburg, MS
Hattiesburg Clinic - Main
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Hattiesburg, MS 39401
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