About Thyroidectomy Abroad

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About Thyroidectomy

Thyroidectomy

A thyroidectomy is a surgical procedure performed to remove either part of, or all of the thyroid. The thyroid is a gland located over the larynx, around the trachea and functions to produce hormones which are released into the blood stream to regulate the body's metabolism.

The thyroid may need to be fully or partially removed if the patient has thyroid cancer, an overactive thyroid, nodules, cysts in the thyroid, or an enlarged thyroid that is obstructing breathing.

When all of the thyroid gland is removed, it is referred to as a total thyroidectomy and involves removing the entire gland, as well as the surrounding lymph nodes. Patients who have a total thyroidectomy will need to take replacement thyroid hormone medication.

When part of the thyroid is removed, it is referred to as a thyroid lobectomy or partial thyroidectomy and involves removing one of the thyroid lobes and leaving the rest in tact.

Recommended for
  • Thyroid cancer
  • Hyperthyroidism (overactive thyroid)
  • Goiter (enlargement of the thyroid)
  • Thyroid cysts

Time requirements

Number of days in hospital
1 - 2 days
Average length of stay abroad
12 - 14 days. Patients will need to return to the hospital to have the incision site checked and should not fly for around 2 weeks after the surgery to allow time to heal.
Number of trips abroad needed
1.
Thyroidectomy

A thyroidectomy involves removing either part of, or all of the thyroid.

Time requirements

Number of days in hospital 1 - 2 days
Average length of stay abroad 12 - 14 days. Patients will need to return to the hospital to have the incision site checked and should not fly for around 2 weeks after the surgery to allow time to heal.
Number of trips abroad needed 1.

Time requirements

Number of days in hospital 1 - 2 days
Average length of stay abroad 12 - 14 days.

Patients will need to return to the hospital to have the incision site checked and should not fly for around 2 weeks after the surgery to allow time to heal.

Number of trips abroad needed 1.
Thyroidectomy
A thyroidectomy involves removing either part of, or all of the thyroid.

Compare Thyroidectomy prices around the world

United States $ 18,539
Spain $ 4,664
Mexico $ 4,600
Thailand $ 2,926
Turkey $ 2,827
Poland $ 2,112
Hungary $ 2,097
Tunisia $ 1,390
India $ 885

Source: Medigo prices

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How to find quality treatment abroad

Every year, close to 14 million patients travel worldwide for the purpose of receiving medical care. At MEDIGO, we provide our patients with access to the top clinics and doctors around the world. To discover where the best Thyroidectomy clinics are for you, contact MEDIGO below to talk to us in complete confidence.

120000

Patients who used MEDIGO

1000

Clinics across 35 countries

220

Countries represented by MEDIGO patients

20

Languages spoken at MEDIGO

Before Thyroidectomy abroad

Patients should prepare any questions or concerns that they may have before the surgery that they can discuss with the doctor.

Ahead of the surgery, patients are usually advised to refrain from eating and drinking in the hours preceding the surgery, in order to prepare for the general anesthetic.

How is it performed

The patient is administered with a general anesthetic before the surgery begins. There are 3 different surgical techniques which can be used to perform a thyroidectomy.

Conventional open surgery is the traditionally used surgical technique, whereby the surgeon will begin by making a 4 to 6cm horizontal incision across the neck to gain access to the thyroid. Depending on the patient, either all of the thyroid, or one lobe of the thyroid is then removed. If the thyroid is being removed due to cancer, then the surrounding lymph nodes are examined and are likely to be removed.

The surgery can also be performed endoscopically which is a minimally invasive surgical technique, meaning rather than making one large incision across the neck, smaller incisions are made, through which an endoscope is inserted. The surgeon then uses the endoscope as a guide to locate the thyroid, and small instruments are attached to remove the thyroid.

The surgery can also be performed robotically which is a relatively new minimally invasive surgical technique and involves the da Vinci Surgical System. Rather than making an incision in the neck, the surgery is performed by accessing the thyroid from the armpit. A small incision is made under the arm, through which the robotic hands and camera are inserted and are controlled by the surgeon to remove the thyroid.

Once the thyroid is removed, the incision site is then closed with sutures and a sterile dressing is applied. If the incision was made in the neck, then a draining tube may be inserted to drain excess fluid.

Anesthesia

General anesthetic.

Procedure duration

The Thyroidectomy takes 1 to 3 hours.

Thyroidectomy
A thyroidectomy can be performed as open surgery, endoscopically, or as robotic surgery, using da Vinci technology.

What to expect after Thyroidectomy

Post procedure care

After the surgery, patients are taken to the recovery area and the breathing tube that was put in place before the surgery, is then removed. The surgical drain may be kept in place for the first day after the surgery. An IV drip may remain in place for the first day after the surgery to deliver food as swallowing will be painful.

Patients should keep the incision site clean and will be given antibiotics to prevent infection, as well as medication to relieve any pain.

If the entire thyroid is removed, patients will need to take thyroid hormone replacement medication. When part of the thyroid is removed, the patient may require a lower dose of hormone replacement medication.

Important things to know about Thyroidectomy

Potential risks
  • Bleeding
  • Infection
  • Change in voice
  • Airway obstruction

Compare Thyroidectomy prices around the world

United States $ 18,539
Spain $ 4,664
Mexico $ 4,600
Thailand $ 2,926
Turkey $ 2,827
Poland $ 2,112
Hungary $ 2,097
Tunisia $ 1,390
India $ 885

Source: Medigo prices

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122 clinics on MEDIGO offer Thyroidectomy

Sikarin Hospital

Bangkok, Thailand

94

$ 2,926

Dr. Rose Private Hospital

Budapest, Hungary

80

$ 4,867

Clinique Generale-Beaulieu

Geneva, Switzerland

Please inquire

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122 clinics on MEDIGO offer Thyroidectomy

Sikarin Hospital

Bangkok, Thailand

94

$ 2,926

Dr. Rose Private Hospital

Budapest, Hungary

80

$ 4,867

Clinique Generale-Beaulieu

Geneva, Switzerland

Please inquire

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