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Thyroid Surgery Specialist

Precision Surgery and Advanced Vein Therapy

Johnny L. Serrano, D.O., F.A.C.O.S

Board Certified General Surgeon & Varicose Vein Specialist located in Glendale, AZ

Certain conditions that affect the thyroid, such as thyroid cancer or hyperthyroidism, may benefit from surgical removal of the thyroid gland (partially or completely) to alleviate symptoms and improve health. Large bulky thyroids may cause unsitely lumps on your neck. These can often cause a choking sensation especially when lying down. Board-certified general surgeon Johnny Serrano, DO, FACOS, at Precision Surgery and Advanced Vein Therapy is an experienced surgeon who performs thyroid surgery using the most advanced, minimally invasive techniques available, so you get the best outcomes with less risk. To request a consultation, call the office in Glendale, Arizona, or use the online booking tool today.

Thyroid Surgery Q & A

What is the thyroid?

Your thyroid is a bowtie-shaped gland found in your neck. The gland is part of your endocrine system and is responsible for producing hormones collectively referred to as the thyroid hormones. These hormones control many important body functions, including:

  • Heartbeat
  • Body temperature
  • Mood
  • Metabolism

Many thyroid conditions can affect thyroid function. Treatment for some of these thyroid problems may include surgical removal of some or the entire gland.

Dedicated to providing his patients with the best care possible, Dr. Serrano at Precision Surgery and Advanced Vein Therapy utilizes the most advanced surgical techniques when performing thyroid surgery. 

Why would I need thyroid surgery?

Dr. Serrano can review why you would benefit from thyroid surgery. Some of the most common thyroid problems that require thyroid surgery include:

  • Thyroid cancer
  • Enlarged thyroid (goiter)
  • Hyperthyroidism
  • Suspicious thyroid nodules

Surgery is usually the recommended treatment for thyroid cancer and suspicious thyroid nodules. However, you may require surgery for a goiter if it’s large or causing other symptoms. Surgery for hyperthyroidism is only recommended after medication or radiation treatment fails to improve your symptoms. 

How is thyroid surgery performed?

Dr. Serrano utilizes minimally invasive techniques to perform thyroid surgery, which produce smaller scars. Dr. Serrano is also trained in the use of the nerve integrity monitor (NIMS), which assists in locating the recurrent laryngeal nerves to prevent injury during surgery.

Though Dr. Serrano uses minimally invasive techniques, he performs thyroid surgery using general anesthesia to minimize discomfort and anxiety. The total time of your procedure may vary, but shouldn’t take more than two hours.

After the procedure, you’re taken to the recovery area for monitoring. You may require a hospital stay following your thyroid surgery.

What happens after thyroid surgery?

Recovery following your thyroid surgery may depend on the extent of your surgery. You can expect a quicker recovery after a minimally invasive procedure compared to the traditional open thyroid surgery. Dr. Serrano reviews what to expect during your recovery before your procedure. 

Your throat may be sore and your voice hoarse following your surgery, but these side effects should disappear as you recover. Dr. Serrano schedules follow-up appointments following your thyroid surgery so he can closely monitor you during your recovery.

If Dr. Serrano has to remove your entire thyroid gland, you will need to take thyroid hormones for the rest of your life. This will often be discussed prior to surgery with your Endocrinologist.

To discuss your thyroid surgery with a compassionate and caring surgeon, call Precision Surgery and Advanced Vein Therapy, or use the online booking tool to schedule an appointment today.