Thyroidectomy 101: Where You Live Puts You at Risk for Too Much Surgery and Associated Complications

Thyroidectomy 101: Where You Live Puts You at Risk for Too Much Surgery and Associated Complications

Thyroidectomy 101: Where You Live Puts You at Risk for Too Much Surgery and Associated Complications
Thyroidectomy 101: Where You Live Puts You at Risk for Too Much Surgery and Associated Complications if you are old and have Medicare.
Comments on this article: Before you have thyroid surgery, Thyroidectomy rates tended to be higher in southern, central, and some urban regions. If you are in Joplin you need to get out of town for an outside opinion.
In Manhattan, the rate was 76 per 100,000, but in San Francisco the rate was so low that a reliable estimate could not be made.
Maybre it is wise to travel to an area that does the best evaluation of the need for thyroid surgery BEFORE yo go under the knife. Go to a referral center for a second opinion.
Remember the more thyroid surgery the more chance for complications.
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Richard Guttler MD,FACE,ECNU
JAMA Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. Published online October 12, 2017. 
1.Of 16,000 thyroidectomies performed on Medicare beneficiaries in 2014, there was a 6.2-fold difference in thyroidectomy rates was observed across US regions among Medicare beneficiaries.2.Wide variation in thyroidectomy rates observed among Medicare beneficiaries suggests widely divergent local beliefs and practice patterns surrounding the management of thyroid nodules and cancer.

3.Rates appeared to be unrelated to health care availability, regional socioeconomic status, or surgeons per capita.

4.   In 2014, 16000  thyroidectomies were performed on Medicare beneficiaries in the United States.

5. A 6.2-fold difference in thyroidectomy rates was observed across US regions.

6. Thyroidectomy rates vary so widely across the United States that a person living in Joplin, Missouri, is six times more likely to get one than someone living in Hackensack, New Jersey, an analysis of Medicare data found.

7. Thyroidectomy rates tended to be higher in southern, central, and some urban regions. In Manhattan, the rate was 76 per 100,000, but in San Francisco the rate was so low that a reliable estimate could not be made.

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