Total Thyroidectomy (for Thyrotoxicosis)

What is total thyroidectomy?

Your thyroid is a butterfly-shaped organ at the base of your neck that produces a hormone called thyroxine which regulates your body's metabolism. It can produce too much thyroid hormone if you have thyrotoxicosis.

Total thyroidectomy is the entire removal of your thyroid gland. Your surgeon will explain why it is recommended in your case. It is usually advised to stop the symptoms of hyperthyroidism.

A total thyroidectomy is performed under a general anaesthetic and usually takes 90 minutes to two hours.

Your surgeon will make a cut on your neck in the line of one of your skin creases and remove your thyroid gland. They will then close your wound.

You will be in the hospital usually one night.

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