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The procedure is performed under general anesthesia using an endoscope to direct the surgeon to the gland. Instruments are inserted alongside the scope through a tiny incision – usually no more than one- inch long – and the gland is removed. The procedure takes about two to two-and-a-half hours. The incision is covered with a protective tape, and patients normally are hospitalized overnight. Some patients may be discharged within 23 hours.
Learn What to Expect from Thyroidectomy
A thyroidectomy is a total removal of the thyroid. A partial is when you only have a piece of the thyroid removed.
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Please call our office at 919-350-3277 during business hours Monday-Thursday, 8 am-5 pm with questions or concerns. After hours or on the weekends, please contact the on-call doctor by calling 919-350-8000 and asking to page the ENT doctor on call.
3000 New Bern Ave.
Raleigh, NC 27610