Thyroid surgery may be needed if all or part of the thyroid gland needs to be removed. In some instances, an area of the thyroid will be examined to see if the entire gland needs to be taken out. Dr. Socorro Chamblee with McKinney ENT Clinic has a vast amount of experience performing this procedure and a long track record of success.
Why Thyroid Surgery May Be Needed
Your thyroid gland is located in the middle of the lower portion of the neck, just below the voice box, or larynx. It is shaped somewhat like a bow tie with two lobes that are joined together by the isthmus, a small bar of tissue. Most of the time, if your thyroid gland is functioning normally you cannot feel it.
There are several types of problems that could necessitate thyroid surgery. For example, if cancer is suspected, or your windpipe or esophagus has become compressed due to thyroid enlargement, then surgery may be necessary.
What to Expect After Thyroid Surgery
If you have thyroid surgery, you will more than likely be discharged from the hospital either later that day or the next day. Once you get back home, you will need to take any medications – such as thyroid hormone replacement drugs – that have been prescribed by your doctor. Or, your doctor may simply recommend that you take vitamin D or calcium supplements.
Contact Us About Thyroid Surgery
If you are experiencing thyroid issues, please come visit McKinney ENT Clinic so we can determine whether or not you need thyroid surgery. We will always explore non-surgical alternatives first, but if surgery is necessary you will be able to count on our expertise. Call our Plano or Frisco clinic at (214) 383-5955 for an appointment.