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What is Total thyroidectomy?

21:56 - 27 April , 2021

Medical procedure



This surgical procedure aims to remove the entire thyroid gland, due to different medical reasons, such as: benign tumors, cancer, or hyperthyroidism, among other conditions that cause hormonal disorders.

Before the procedure:

  • You may require several tests and complementary diagnostic tests.
  • Follow the fasting instructions provided.
  • In case you are taking medications such as anticoagulants or antiplatelet drugs, report it immediately.

After the procedure:

Surgery usually lasts two or three hours, being necessary to remain under general anesthesia during the entire procedure. After surgery, you will need to stay in the hospital for couple of days to achieve optimal recovery. 

During the first few days, you may experience neck swelling and some discomfort when eating. Remember that you will have to monitor the evolution of the wound healing for several months and regularly attend your follow-up appointments to evaluate your hormonal levels.

Potential risks:

  • Temporary or permanent hypocalcemia. 
  • Heart conditions.
  • Vocal cord injuries.
  • Swallowing problems.
  • Breathing difficulties caused by anesthesia.

In our High Specialty Surgery Center, we perform more than 7,000 cutting-edge surgical procedures each year with state-of-the-art technology. Our mission is to provide you with general and highly specialized medical-surgical services with the highest standards of quality and safety comparable with international centers of excellence through a multidisciplinary team that uses evidence-based clinical protocols that guarantee the best assistance and care of your health.

ABC Medical Center has always been known for practicing cutting-edge medicine. Our commitment to innovate keeps us as leaders in the practice of this discipline.

Your next surgery in expert and certified hands.

Related centers and departments

High Specialty Surgery Center
Radiology and Molecular Imaging
Clinical Laboratory


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