Disorders of the thyroid gland, like the growth of tumours as well as hyperthyroidism and hypothyroidism (where the gland produces too much and too little thyroid hormones respectively), are relatively common conditions.
In thyroid surgery, or thyroidectomy, the entire thyroid gland or just a part of it may be removed depending on the patient’s condition. The procedure is performed under general anaesthetic and involves an incision across the midline of the neck over the thyroid gland. This is usually placed along a natural crease in the neck so that the post-surgery scar is barely visible.
Learn more about thyroid conditions and other common head and neck conditions in the Ask Our Doctors section.