We want to tell you about these operations, which allow deleting parts of a thyroid gland without making scars on your neck.
It secretes hormones, which are necessary for each cell’s work. People can’t live without these hormones, therefore when the gland doesn’t secret them in sufficient quantity, they must be systematically filled.
Most often, it happens during the dysfunction of a thyroid gland, and when a non-cancerous or cancerous growth occurs. As for the function, this is about:
It is worth beginning with an echography and a dosage of TSH that allows estimating the function of a thyroid gland. When a nodule is less than 1 centimeter, it is enough just to keep an eye on it. If it is more than 1 centimeter, it is better to undergo surgery. “Check-up in one day” is a very convenient innovation: patients have their results during the day, and if it is necessary, they can visit the surgeon and plan their operation on the same day before they come back home.
It is usually necessary to remove a gland partially or completely. The surgeon makes a cut on your neck from 4 to 8 centimeters in size according to the nodule’s size. The operation is performed under general anesthetic and usually lasts for an hour during the removal of one part and two hours during removal of the whole gland.
“Today the cut is more often made not on the neck but behind an ear”
There are two forms of thyroid gland cancer.
They are very satisfactory: from 90 to 95% of patients recover, but the scar remains visible and reminds us of cancer, which each person wants to forget as quickly as possible.
It is all about the surgical equipment, as the surgeon works with a robot helper, during which the cut is made not on the neck but behind an ear. The operator sitting at the panel directs the robot’s movements. The movements of the robot are done much more precisely, compared to the surgeon’s hands, and the powerful camera allows improving the visibility during the operation. Our team is only in Europe, which does such thyroid gland operations. Colleagues can come to us to improve their skills.
They surpass classical surgery in many respects both in the results and in the rehabilitation. Now, we are conducting research on 188 patients who had a thyroid gland cancer tumor of less than 4 centimeters. We will keep an eye on them for a year and report about results later.