Thyroid Surgery

The

thyroid gland

is located in the lower part of the neck, below the Adam’s apple, wrapped around the trachea (windpipe). It produces hormones which help regulate the heart rate, blood pressure, body temperature and metabolism (the rate at which food is converted into energy). Thyroid disorders can include an

overactive

gland, called

hyperthyroidism

, or an

underactive

gland, called

hypothyroidism

. Both can result in an enlarged thyroid gland. Sometimes surgery is required to remove the thyroid gland. A thyroid nodule is a small swelling or lump in the thyroid gland. They are usually examined with imaging such as ultrasound or MRI, and a fine-needle aspiration biopsy, a relatively painless procedure to take tissue fluid samples from the nodule. Thyroid surgery may be required when: the biopsy indicates the nodule is cancerous; the nodules are getting bigger; or the trachea or oesophagus is compressed because the thyroid is very large. Thyroid surgery involves removing part or all of the thyroid gland, under general anaesthesia. Usually, the lobe of the thyroid gland containing the nodule lump is removed. An analysis of tissue will determine if the rest of the thyroid gland should be removed, during the same surgery. (Alternatively, surgery may be done at a later date.) The patient may be required to undergo

thyroid replacement treatment

if the gland is removed.

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Mr Lee is a highly qualified and experienced Endocrine Surgeon. He has a caring and compassionate nature, and he is always friendly and approachable. . . .

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Melbourne

Thyroid Nodules, Multinodular Goitre, Retrosternal Goitre, Grave's Disease, Thyroid Cancer, Hyperparathyroidism,
Adrenal Surgery . . . .

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Melbourne

Areas of Special Interest
Surgical Oncology, Breast Surgery including Oncoplastic Techniques, Endocrine Surgery, Melanoma & Skin Cancer, Soft Tissue . . .

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