A thyroidectomy entails the partial or total removal of your thyroid gland. There are a number of reasons why you may need this surgery, and of course, you are anxious. Let us give you an overview of thyroid surgery and what to expect before and after.
The thyroid gland is a 2 inch powerhouse for your body. It produces, stores, and releases hormones into the bloodstream and controls many of your bodily functions like weight, breathing, heart rate, muscle strength to name just a few. If your physician has recommended surgery due to an overactive gland, if it has grown too large, has cysts or nodules on it, or if there is a possibility of cancer, here are some specific questions to ask your doctor about thyroid surgery.