Stay away from Low Volume Thyroid Surgeons When You need a total thyroidectomy or neck dissection.
The 25 cases a year of total thyroidectomies has a clear brake point between surgeons giving you increased risk of complications compared to surgeons doing >25 cases a year. Any less than 25 increases risk from 2%-68%. A scary increase of 35%-68% in those doing less than 10 a year.
Thyroid surgery is not emergency and is elective. You have time to find a high volume surgeon.Don’t be rushed off to surgery by local physicians and surgeons doing low volume. Surgery is a major undertaking for the patient and they should have the best chance to have a good outcome the first time. The first surgery for thyroid cancer is the most important to prevent more surgery in the future. Make the first be the last with the help of a clinical thyroidologist and his high volume surgeon.
Call Matt at 310-393-8860 for a consultation BEFORE the surgery.