A person living with a goiter may experience great discomfort, eventually leading them to seek out treatment options. At La Peer Health Systems’ Thyroid Surgery Center of Excellence in Los Angeles, our board certified surgeons are highly experienced physicians who specialize in minimally invasive procedures for removing a goiter.
To speak with a highly regarded specialist in Los Angeles regarding your condition, we encourage you to contact our medical center today to better understand how we can help you.
What is a goiter?
A goiter is an enlargement or growth of the thyroid gland. The enlargement of the thyroid, or goiter, does not necessarily mean there is an underlying condition, but it can be present in those with hyperthyroidism or hypothyroidism. Some people may not even know that their thyroid is enlarged, while others will experience goiter symptoms.
Not all patients with an enlarged thyroid will experience goiter symptoms, but if symptoms are present, they may include some of the following:
- Difficulty swallowing
- Difficulty breathing
- Swelling at the base of the neck
- Hoarse voice
- Feeling of tightness in the throat
- Pain or discomfort in the neck
If you are experiencing uncomfortable goiter symptoms, contact the thyroid experts at the Thyroid Surgery Center of Excellence in Los Angeles to schedule a consultation.
For patients with a small, benign goiter, doctors may suggest simply monitoring it closely and being aware of any changes that may occur. For those with a large and/or painful goiter, surgery is the only viable treatment option.
At the Thyroid Surgery Center of Excellence in Los Angeles, our experienced thyroid surgeons are experts at removing goiters through a minimally invasive thyroidectomy. They use state-of-the-art technology, cutting-edge techniques, and work together to ensure the patient is completely satisfied with both the functional and aesthetic outcome of the procedure.
Because of the delicate nature of the nearby voice box, a laryngeal nerve monitoring device is used throughout the procedure to ensure the safety of the laryngeal nerve. Our surgeons also use the smallest incision possible (depending on the size of the goiter) to perform the endoscopic surgery and use plastic surgery suturing techniques to ensure the scar is as small and hidden as possible.
If you have a goiter you think needs to be removed, call the Thyroid Surgery Center of Excellence to schedule a consultation with one of our board-certified surgeons.
Q: What causes a goiter?
A: A goiter used to be common in people with iodine deficiency, but with advancements in our diet here in the United States, iodine deficiency is no longer a common cause. A more common cause of a goiter today is Hashimoto’s Disease, in which the person’s own immune system is attacking their thyroid. The damage this causes can result in an enlarged thyroid. Grave’s Disease can also lead to a goiter. In a patient with Grave’s Disease, the body produces thyroid stimulating immunoglobulin, which can cause the thyroid to grow. Sometimes, though, the exact cause of a goiter is unknown.
Q: What kind of recovery can I expect after goiter removal?
A: Because our doctors use a minimally invasive endoscopic procedure to remove a goiter, the surgery is typically an outpatient one with a fairly short recovery period. You may experience some minor swelling or pain for the first few days, and may notice some temporary changes in your voice. As with any procedure, each patient is different and should discuss any concerns with the physician during your consultation.
Q: What happens now that I no longer have a thyroid?
A: Your doctor will prescribe hormone replacement pills for you to begin taking right away to give your body the thyroid hormones it needs once the enlarged thyroid has been removed. Your thyroid hormone levels will be closely monitored by your doctor following a thyroidectomy, but can be easily and safely maintained with medication for the rest of your life.
Contact An Experienced Thyroid Surgeon Today!
At the Thyroid Surgery Center of Excellence in Los Angeles, our board certified surgeons are ready to help you with your goiter today. If you would like additional information about how our world-renowned surgeons can improve your quality of life by removing an unpleasant goiter thus relieving your goiter symptoms, please contact us today to schedule your initial consultation by calling (888) 817-1439. A goiter is an extremely treatable condition when treated by an experienced and thorough physician who is an expert in thyroid disorders.
For more information, please contact the Thyroid Surgery Center of Excellence today.
Please read this WebMD article on goiters.
Next, please read about Graves’ Disease.