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The thyroid gland is a butterfly shaped gland which is found on the front of the neck just below the Adam’s apple.
It produces hormones which play a major role in regulating the body’s metabolism.
Most thyroid conditions can be treated with medication, but if there is a suspicion of cancer or the enlargement is causing difficulties with breathing or swallowing, then surgery may be required.
This operation involves removing half of the thyroid gland. It is sometimes called a “diagnostic lobectomy” because the preoperative diagnosis may be uncertain and part of the reason for the operation is to find out if a lump in the thyroid gland is cancerous.
You will stay in hospital overnight. You may have a small drain in the neck, which should be removed the next day.
You will be advised when the stitches need to be removed (usually with the practice nurse at your GP surgery).
You will need to keep the wound dry for at least 5 days. If you have any concerns about your wound, please use the contact numbers provided or, seek advice from your GP.
You will need to be off work/school for 2 weeks.
You should avoid rigorous activities or heavy lifting for 2-4 weeks after surgery.
After your discharge from hospital you will receive an appointment to attend the ENT outpatient clinic. At this appointment, your wound will be checked and your results will be discussed with you. If there is any further surgery recommended, you will be advised of this and provided with additional information.