Clínica Universidad de Navarra
The Hemithyroidectomy involves removing half of the thyroid gland and the central portion or isthmus. The intervention is indicated in cases of benign thyroid nodules and to treat some types of thyroid cancers.
The procedure is performed under general anesthesia through a transversal incision at the base of the neck. It usually lasts about 90 minutes and usually requires no more than 24 hours of hospitalization.
BEFORE THE PROCEDURE
Patients should undergo a preliminary test to evaluate the specific characteristics of their intervention.
Furthermore, they must undergo a standard preoperative process that includes, blood tests, electrocardiogram, etc.
Also, if you have any chronic illness or regularly take medications, especially anticoagulants, please tell the surgeon about before surgery.
AFTER THE PROCEDURE:
Patients probably have some minor pain after surgery because of the posture during surgery that progressively disappears.
Patients to get up and walk on the day after surgery but they have to wait about 3 or 4 weeks to fully recover.
It is recommended to check the calcium and hormonal levels in your blood after surgery because sometimes there are disarranges. Patients also have to avoid the sun to prevent dark marks on the scar.