Thyroidectomy

Your thyroid gland produces chemical messengers (hormones) that control essential body functions such as breathing. If you have abnormal growths on your thyroid, we remove them using a surgical procedure known as a thyroidectomy.

At Cedars-Sinai, you receive care from a nationally recognized team of thyroid cancer experts. We are advancing thyroid cancer care through research, so you can count on us for the latest care practices. Our care team also takes extra steps to ensure you receive appropriate care and avoid complications.

What Is A Thyroidectomy?

You may need a thyroidectomy if you have thyroid cancer or suspicious growths on your thyroid (thyroid nodules).

During this procedure, surgeons remove part or all of your thyroid gland:

  • Partial thyroidectomy: We remove a portion of the thyroid if you have thyroid nodules or a small cancerous growth on one side of your thyroid. 
  • Total thyroidectomy: In cases of thyroid cancer—especially large cancerous growths—we often remove the entire thyroid gland.

Our Approach to Thyroidectomy

Cedars-Sinai surgeons use sophisticated techniques that successfully remove the cancer while protecting as much healthy tissue as possible. Our surgeons perform a high volume of procedures and know how to achieve excellent results—even if the cancer has spread to other areas.

Highlights of our program include:

Appropriate Care

If the results of standard tests are unclear, we perform molecular testing to confirm or rule out thyroid cancer. We also use molecular testing for slow-growing cancers to detect changes that would require a thyroidectomy.

Coordinated Approach

We are among the few programs in the L.A. area with a tumor board for thyroid nodules and thyroid cancer. Our tumor board includes more than 20 doctors and cancer specialists. We meet regularly to discuss the details of your case and meticulously plan your care. Find out more about our head and neck cancer tumor board.

Safety

We use special technology to lower the risk of nerve injuries during thyroidectomies. This technology alerts the surgical team when they get close to the nerves that control your vocal cords. Exercising extra caution in this area helps you avoid complications that may cause a hoarse voice or difficulty breathing.

Latest Techniques

Our surgeons perform thyroidectomies with minimally invasive techniques whenever possible. These techniques use small incisions, resulting in less scarring and a quicker return to daily activities.

Thyroid Cancer Clinic

Cedars-Sinai is among the first programs in the country with a clinic for people with thyroid nodules and thyroid cancer. We use a team approach to help you receive the care you need as quickly as possible.

You'll see multiple thyroid cancer experts in one visit, including specialists in:

  • Endocrinology (thyroid doctors)
  • Head and neck surgery
  • Radiology
  • Pathology (doctors who diagnose cancer)

Thyroidectomy: What to Expect

You may have a minimally invasive or open surgical procedure:

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We take extra steps to determine whether cancer has spread to the nearby parathyroid glands. Surgeons take samples of parathyroid tissue, and we run rapid lab test analysis while you are still asleep. If there are signs of cancer, we remove it. This approach increases your chances of becoming cancer free and lowers your risk of needing additional surgeries.

Treatments and Therapies After a Thyroidectomy

After a thyroidectomy, your care may include additional treatments such as:

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Have Questions or Need Help?

To make an appointment or refer a patient, call or send a message to the Head and Neck Cancer care team. You can also have us call you back at your convenience.

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