Do You Really Need Thyroid Surgery? Postpone and Get Outside Expert Opinion First. See if you really need it and also how much thyroid should they remove.
Some “thyroid cancers” are not cancer at all, but need only a simple less dangerous surgery to remove only the lobe. Non-invasive follicular tumor with papillary looking cells or NIFT-P is not a cancer because it does not does not recur or cause death.
Some small thyroid cancers <1.5 cm do not even need any surgery but can be followed by Active Surveillance for years without changing. A few will have slight growth 3mm triggering a rescue surgery without any change than if the surgery was done at first.
Tumor registry keeps your records for 50Years.
The safe bet is to search out a thyroid surgeon doing 25 total thyroidectomies a year rather than the local surgeon.
Surgical Complications following thyroid cancer therapy.
The magnitude of complications following thyroid cancer surgery is much higher than previously reported.
1. Some 1820 (6.5%) patients developed a general post-operative complication (post-operative fever, infection, hematoma/hemorrhage; cardiac, pulmonary complications; thromboembolic events; emergency intubation).
2. There were 3427 (12.3%) who developed a thyroid surgery-specific complication (hypoparathyroidism, hypocalcemia, vocal cord/fold paralysis).
3. Rates of thyroid surgery-specific post-operative complications were significantly higher in patients aged 65 years.