How is surgery used to treat hyperthyroidism?
Surgery for hyperthyroidism is called thyroidectomy. It removes part or all of the thyroid gland. Surgery is a good option for treating hyperthyroidism. There are alternative non-surgical treatments available as well. You need to speak with a specialist to determine the right type of treatment for your particular case.
You may need surgery if:
- Your thyroid gland is so big that it's hard for you to swallow or breathe.
- You have thyroid cancer.
- Your doctor suspects that you have thyroid cancer.
- You had serious side effects from taking antithyroid medicines, and radioactive iodine isn't an option for you.
- You have a large goiter that radioactive iodine treatment didn't shrink.
- You have a single, large thyroid nodule that makes too much thyroid hormone, and radioactive iodine didn't help with the nodule.
After surgery, your doctor will check your thyroid hormone levels. That's because you could get hypothyroidism (too little thyroid hormone).
© 2016-2019 Healthwise, Incorporated.