Surgery

Surgery explained

Surgery is one of the main treatments for thyroid cancer. The type of operation you have will depend on the size of your cancer and your general health.

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    Surgery for thyroid cancer

    Surgery for thyroid cancer removes part or all of the thyroid gland. You may have some lymph nodes removed from your neck.

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    What happens before the surgery?

    Your surgery will be carefully planned and you may need a few tests at a pre-assessment clinic.

  • General information

    Who might I meet?

    A team of specialists will plan your surgery. This will include a surgeon who specialises in your type of cancer.

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    What happens after surgery?

    You’ll be closely monitored after your operation. You should be able to go home after a few days.

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    Side effects of surgery

    After thyroid surgery you may be tired. Surgery may also cause changes to your neck, voice and calcium and hormone levels in your blood.

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    Thyroid hormones

    If you have part, or all, of your thyroid gland removed you may need to take thyroid hormone replacement tablets.