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Thyroid Surgery FAQs

At the Tan Head and Neck Center, Dr. Jesse Tan, Dr. Jesus Tan, and Dr. Rose Eapen should be your go-to ear, nose, and throat specialists offering uncompromising excellence in medical care in a respectful and professional environment. If you are a Long Beach, CA resident with questions about thyroid surgery, make us your first choice.

What is Thyroid Surgery?

Thyroid surgery refers to the partial or complete removal of your thyroid, otherwise known as a thyroidectomy. The type of thyroidectomy you undergo will depend entirely on your unique needs and treatment plan. You should always ask your healthcare provider how much of the thyroid they intend to remove and what the long-term results of removal will be. You may need to take some medication to support or replace thyroid function, and your endocrinologist will monitor this. Based on your situation, your doctor may be able to use advanced robotic head and neck surgery to perform your thyroid procedure. This type of surgery is minimally invasive and requires a smaller incision.

Why Would I Need Thyroid Surgery?

A thyroidectomy is recommended for several reasons including.

  • Thyroid Cancer
  • Goiter – benign enlargement of the thyroid
  • Hyperthyroidism - an overactive thyroid
  • Nodules

How Do I Prepare?

Your healthcare provider will give you detailed instructions to follow before being admitted into the hospital for your operation. Typically, this means not eating or drinking at least 8 to 12 hours before your procedure and a preoperative visit to discuss medical history and ask questions.

Will I Receive Anesthesia?

You will likely receive both general and local anesthesia for this surgery, and you will sleep for the whole procedure. The local anesthesia is administered afterward to help make you more comfortable in recovery.

What is the Recovery Time?

Dr. Jesse, Dr. Jesus, and Dr. Eapen at the Tan Head and Neck Center serving Long Beach, CA, residents needing thyroid surgery would like you to know that people need up to two weeks to recover before resuming all normal activities. Our surgeries use cutting-edge technology, including robotics, making our procedures minimally invasive and reducing postoperative complications and recovery time.

Will Thyroid Surgery Hurt?

It will not hurt during the procedure. Afterward, you will experience some discomfort but your doctor may prescribe you some pain medication for the first few days or you can take over-the-counter analgesics as needed.

If you have any concerns, consult your healthcare provider.

Contact us

Using modern techniques, Dr. Jesse, Dr. Jesus, and Dr. Eapen at the Tan Head and Neck Center serve Long Beach, CA, residents needing thyroid surgery. Reach out today at (562) 988-8818 to make an appointment.