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Fort Smith Thyroid Surgery

If you want to get the best Fort Smith thyroid surgery, make sure that you only get it from qualified physicians with considerable experience and background in the procedure, like doctors from Arkansas Center for Ear, Nose, Throat, and Allergy.

What is Thyroid Surgery and What is it For?

Thyroid surgery is a surgery to remove a portion or all of the thyroid gland. The thyroid is a small butterfly-shaped gland in the lower front neck. This gland is responsible for producing hormones that is carried by the flood to all tissues of the body. The thyroid gland is responsible for metabolism regulation, organs’ function, and helps the body conserve heat. 

In some cases, the thyroid may produce too much or too little hormones that cause problems in the body, such as the growth of cysts or nodules. When this happens, thyroid surgery becomes necessary. 

Fort Smith thyroid surgery may also be done to treat the following conditions:

  • Thyroid swelling or enlargement (goiter)
  • Thyroid cancer
  • Hyperthyroidism 

Thyroid surgery is only rarely recommended or hyperthyroidism. The exception is when the thyroid becomes too enlarge that it causes difficulties in breathing and swallowing. 

Types of Fort Smith Thyroid Surgery

There are three types of Fort Smith Thyroid surgery: 

Lobectomy– Only one of the lobes of the thyroid is removed.

Subtotal thyroidectomy– Removing the thyroid gland but leaving behind a small amount of thyroid tissue.

Total Thyroidectomy– Removal of the entire thyroid and all thyroid tissue. 

How is it Performed?

Fort Smith Thyroid surgery is performed under general anesthesia. The patient is often asked to arrive at the hospital a day before the operation. No eating or drinking is allowed after the midnight on the day of surgery. 

During the procedure, an incision is made over the thyroid gland to remove all or part of the thyroid. The procedure may take 2 hours or more because the thyroid is small and is surrounded by nerves and glands.

The patient may be discharged the same day of surgery or may to stay in the hospital for 24- 48 hours for observation.  

Fort Smith thyroid surgery from Arkansas Center for Ear, Nose, Throat, and Allergy is the best you can get as we follow a strict observance of proper and comprehensive pre-operative, operative and post-operative care. Schedule your appointment today!