Thyroid Surgery

Thyroid Surgery

A hormone-producing gland in your throat, your thyroid is essential to ensure that your metabolism is functioning properly. Thyroid disorders can range from uncomfortable or unsightly to life-threatening, and surgery with an experienced team like NGPG’s general surgeons is sometimes the best treatment option.

Conditions We Treat

Thyroid cancer

Surgery is the most common treatment for thyroid cancer, and it has very good outcomes for cancer patients. A part of a nationally recognized oncology program at Northeast Georgia Medical Center, our general surgeons at NGPG have access to the latest research and technology, as well as a comprehensive oncological team.

Hyperthyroidism & Graves Disease

For many patients, hyperthyroidism can be successfully treated with radiation or medications, , but surgery may be the most appropriate option in some cases.

Goiter

A condition that causes the enlargement of the thyroid gland, some patients with Goiter choose to have surgery on their thyroid gland for cosmetic reasons, and others because the condition is causing difficulty swallowing or breathing.

Thyroid nodules

Most nodules or lumps on the thyroid are noncancerous and do not cause any symptoms, but diagnostics are always recommended to ensure that they are not dangerous. Our team can help determine if they are cancerous or noncancerous and develop a treatment plan.

Surgical Treatment Options

  • Thyroidectomy - the full or partial removal of the thyroid
  • Thyroid lobectomy – the removal of a single lobe of your thyroid
  • Removal of nearby lymph nodes or tissue to treat cancer

Why Choose NGPG General Surgery?

Our experienced thyroid surgeons perform over 100 thyroid and parathyroid operations each year and can offer the experience you need and the latest advancements in technology to ensure that your surgery goes well. Connected with the award-winning Northeast Georgia Health System, we perform surgeries in state-of-the-art surgical settings with access to leading technologies to improve outcomes and reduce discomfort.

What to Expect as a Patient

If I have a lump on my thyroid, what is the best way to get it checked out?

Many patients will see a primary care provider first to get referred for diagnostics or medication if they have an issue with their thyroid. From there, a physician will refer them to a general surgeon for additional diagnostics, biopsy  or surgery.

What should I expect in my recovery from thyroid surgery?

Most patients go home the same day as thyroid surgery, depending on which surgical option is determined to be best for you. Recovery at home may take two to three weeks, and you will be prescribed medication to help with pain. You may experience pain or soreness in your neck, as well as discomfort when speaking.

Will I need to take medicine after surgery?

Depending on whether all or just part of your thyroid is removed, you may need hormone replacement medicine following your procedure. You may also need to take supplements to balance your calcium levels. Most people do not need to make dietary changes.

Do I need a physician referral for an appointment?

Yes. If you would like help understanding the process or requesting a referral from your doctor, please contact us at 770-219-9200.

Request an Appointment

To request an appointment with NGPG General Surgery, please call us at 770-219-9200 or use the form on this page.