When a patient is diagnosed with thyroid cancer, typically all or part of the thyroid gland needs to be removed. The procedure for removing the thyroid here at the Thyroid Surgery Center of Excellence in Beverly Hills, known as a minimally invasive thyroidectomy (MIT), is performed by our team of world-renowned thyroid surgeons.
What is Minimally Invasive Thyroid Surgery?
Minimally invasive thyroid surgery is performed using a very small incision and cutting-edge surgical techniques to reduce the amount of trauma to the patient as well as decrease the necessary recovery time. Through the use of endoscope technology, our expert surgeons are able to make an incision that is usually less than 2 centimeters long yet still see the internal structures of the neck clearly. The endoscope magnifies the areas being treated inside the neck and allows for the safe removal of all or part of the thyroid gland.
Our surgeons at our surgical center in Los Angeles are all highly regarded in their field and bring a wealth of knowledge and experience to the operating room. This experience enables them to perform MIT with a success rate equal to that of traditional surgery.
Why Minimally Invasive Surgery?
The greatest benefit to removing the thyroid in this minimally invasive manner is in the recovery. Because the procedure is less invasive than traditional surgical techniques, the tissues of the neck undergo less trauma, thus heal more quickly and with less pain. Most patients only need an overnight stay after a full thyroidectomy, with some patients returning home the same day.
While MIT is ideal, each patient is unique and the size and location of the thyroid and/or tumor will determine whether or not a patient is a good candidate for the minimally invasive procedure.
Our surgeons at the Thyroid Surgery Center of Excellence have taken the time to answer some commonly asked questions about MIT surgery to help clarify any questions or concerns you may have.
Q: What is the expected recovery time after Minimally Invasive Thyroid Surgery?
A: The recovery time one can expect after MIT surgery is significantly less than that of traditional thyroid surgery. Patients who undergo MIT surgery typically experience a recovery period of about 10 days, compared to the 2-3 weeks typical of traditional surgery. Every patient is unique, so be sure to discuss any concerns you may have about recovery with your doctor during your consultation.
Q: How big is the incision?
A: The average incision for a MIT procedure is only about 3cm in length. The exact size of the incision, though, will depend on the size of the thyroid and/or the tumor being removed. Traditional thyroidectomies use an incision about 2-4 inches in length.
Q: Is MIT surgery just as effective as traditional thyroid surgery?
A: When performed by an expert thyroid surgeon like those here at our surgical center in Beverly Hills, MIT is just as effective as the traditional surgery. The surgery is just as thorough as the traditional procedure, and the risks and possible complications are the same. The biggest difference is found in the speedy recovery time.
Q: How do I know if I am a candidate for a minimally invasive thyroid cancer surgery?
A: Call our team of thyroid surgeons in Beverly Hills today to schedule a thyroid consultation. Our doctors will examine your individual condition thoroughly to determine whether or not you are a good candidate for a MIT. Each patient is so very different that the only way to determine the best treatment plan is for our doctors to meet with you in person to discuss your particular condition.
Q: What will the scar look like after surgery?
A: Another benefit of having minimally invasive thyroid cancer treatment at our surgical center is the minimal scarring that patients experience after the procedure. First, the incision is smaller than that of a traditional thyroidectomy, meaning the scar will be small. Second, our thyroid surgeons use plastic surgery techniques to close the incision to ensure the scar is as inconspicuous as possible. The exact appearance of the scar will vary from patient to patient as each person heals differently.
Additional MIT Subjects
Central Neck Dissection: The phrase “neck dissection” refers to the removal of lymph nodes in the neck in patients with varying types of head and neck cancers.
Laryngeal Nerve Monitoring: When a patient undergoes a minimally invasive thyroidectomy or a traditional thyroidectomy at our surgical center, their doctor will use a device known as a laryngeal nerve monitor to ensure no injury or harm to the voice box and vocal cord.
Selective Neck Dissection: Selective neck dissection involves the removal of some, but not all, of the lymph nodes in the neck.
Thyroid Surgery Recovery: After surgery, it is important to follow your surgeon’s post-operative care instructions carefully to ensure proper healing and recovery.
Contact the Beverly Hills Thyroid Surgery Center of Excellence Today
If you have any questions about Beverly Hills thyroid cancer treatment or would like to schedule a consultation, call us today at (888) 817-1439. Our thyroid experts are here to help you navigate this difficult time and provide you with the best care possible. Contact the Thyroid Surgery Center of Excellence in Beverly Hills today to see if you are a good candidate for a minimally invasive thyroidectomy.
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