As of Monday, December 18, 2022, Jefferson Surgical Clinic physicians and staff are employed by Carilion Clinic.

Jefferson Surgical Clinic and Carilion share the same philosophy about the practice of medicine. We believe in an evidence-based, patient-centered approach that emphasizes care coordination and keeping people healthy. As a patient, you’ll receive the same care and compassion from your surgical provider. Also, you’ll have access to additional resources through Carilion, including MyChart, a secure online health management tool, and easy connections to many specialty services through an electronic medical record system.

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Overview

A thyroidectomy is the surgical removal of all or part of your thyroid gland, a butterfly-shaped gland at the base of your neck that produces hormones used to control your metabolism. Thyroidectomies are used to treat thyroid disorders such as cancer, noncancerous enlargement of the thyroid (goiter) and overactive thyroid (hyperthyroidism).

Partial or entire removal of your thyroid gland during a thyroidectomy depends on the reason for surgery. If you need only a part of your thyroid removed (partial thyroidectomy), the thyroid may work normally after surgery.

Who is a candidate?

Good candidates for thyroidectomies include those who have:

  • Thyroid cancer
  • A noncancerous enlargement of the thyroid (goiter)
  • Hyperthyroidism
  • Indeterminate or suspicious thyroid nodules

What to expect

Thyroidectomies are usually performed with general anesthesia. Once the patient is unconscious, a surgeon at Jefferson Surgical Clinic will make an incision low in the center of the neck. All or part of the thyroid gland is then removed depending on the reason for surgery, and the procedure usually takes 1-2 hours. After a thyroidectomy, patients are able to eat and drink as usual and, depending on the type of surgery, may be able to go home the same day.