Many thyroid problems can be treated without surgery. The treatment chosen by your doctor will depend on your condition. The most common medical treatments and surgeries are described here.
Thyroid surgery may be the only treatment option if:
In traditional, open thyroid surgery, a 2–8 cm incision (cut) is made in the skin of the lower part of the neck. The surgery is done under a general anaesthetic. You will need to stay in the hospital for one or two days.
A minimally-invasive approach leaves only a tiny scar that may be less visible. The surgery may be done under local or general anaesthetic. Depending on the extent of the surgery, you may or may not require an overnight stay in the hospital.
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