Thyroids are small glands that resemble a butterfly shape. They are nestled in the front portion of your neck beneath the voice box. Your thyroid is responsible for producing the hormones that your blood carries to all of the tissues in your body. The thyroid is what keeps your metabolism regulated and is also responsible for keeping all of your organs functioning properly and maintaining heat in the body.
One of the biggest reasons why people end up needing this surgery is because they have tumors on their thyroid. Most of the time, the tumors are benign, but there are instances where they are cancerous. Even a benign nodule can end up causing problems. If they grow too big, they can end up obstructing your throat or causing the thyroid to become over-stimulated and produce too many hormones.
Another common reason for the surgery is because the thyroid gland is swollen. Similar to the nodules, these goiters can end up blocking your throat and causing problems with speaking, breathing or eating.
When you arrive at the hospital, you will be given an IV for fluids and medication for both after and during surgery. An anesthesiologist will give you a medicine to help you sleep throughout the surgery. The surgeon makes an incision over your thyroid gland to remove part or all of the gland. Since there are a bunch of other glands and nerves around the thyroid, the surgery might take two to three hours to complete.
Sutures are used to help close the incision site. Expect to spend a day or two in the hospital room recovering from the surgery before you will be allowed to go home.
The day after surgery, you will be able to resume the majority of your normal activities. Wait for about 10 days before you begin engaging in any strenuous activities or high-impact exercise routines. A narcotic is often given to help with soreness in your throat for the first few days.
I Need A Surgery can get you the procedure through the Surgery Center Network for $6,600, versus having to pay $66,000 if you were to book the procedure through the hospital on your own. Pricing is exclusive of any implants or other hardware and is only an average. Your actual cost might be higher or lower.
If you are having problems swallowing, eating or speaking, you need to fill out the contact form and get your surgery scheduled today.
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