Your thyroid gland is located in front of the trachea, or windpipe, on your neck. It is responsible for a wide variety of bodily functions, including metabolism and the manufacturing of certain hormones. Abnormal thyroid function is common and can present itself in several ways. Hyperthyroidism is the production of too many hormones while hypothyroidism is the lack of production of these hormones. Nodules or lumps are also commonly found on the thyroid. Most are benign; however, a biopsy is necessary to determine if it is cancerous.


The size of the removal depends on how much of and where the gland is affected. The surgeon can remove the affected thyroid lobe, or the entire gland can be removed with a total thyroidectomy. Your doctor will accurately diagnose your specific condition with a fine-needle aspiration biopsy and determine the extent of your surgery. If a large portion of the gland is removed, most patients will require regular dosage of hormones to replace what is being lost through surgery. Hoarseness is to be expected and can last for several weeks after surgery. If you’ve been experiencing fatigue, unexplained weight gain or weight loss, swelling in the neck, hair loss, or other symptoms, talk with your doctor to diagnose your condition and begin treatment. As with any disease, early detection and treatment are essential for a speedy recovery.


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