One of the benefits of scheduling your surgery with the Department of Otolaryngology (Ear, Nose, and Throat) at La Peer Health Systems in Beverly Hills is that you will be undergoing a state-of-the-art procedure performed by one of the country’s best surgeons. One of these procedures is minimally invasive thyroid surgery.
What Is the Thyroid?
Your thyroid controls how quickly the body uses energy, makes proteins, and controls how sensitive the body is to other hormones. It is located in the neck below the thyroid cartilage. There are three common medical conditions associated with the thyroid that may require surgery:
- Hyperthyroidism: overactive production of the thyroid hormone.
- Hypothyroidism: underproduction of the thyroid hormone.
- Thyroid nodules: lumps or nodules that develop on the thyroid and these can be either single lumps or multiple nodules as well as benign or malignant.
What Is Minimally Invasive Surgery?
Minimally invasive surgery is a procedure that is less invasive than open surgery but used for the same purpose. A minimally invasive thyroidectomy (MIT) is considerably less traumatic than a regular thyroidectomy, and yet the benefits of the minimally invasive surgery are equal to traditional thyroid surgery. Less risk and equal reward makes MIT procedures ideal for our ear, nose and throat doctors to perform on patients.
Developed in the late 1990s and early 2000s, minimally invasive procedures for thyroidectomy require merely a small incision. This minimizes pain and discomfort after surgery, improves cosmetic results and reduces the duration of hospital stays.
The benefits of MIT include:
- Less pain and pain medications
- Quick recovery
- Minimally invasive
- Small incision
- Minimal blood loss
- No drains used
If you think you have a thyroid condition, or if your endocrinologist has recommended you need thyroid surgery, please contact our Beverly Hills Otolaryngologists; at La Peer today at (855) 360-9119 or click here to learn more about our esteemed Head & Neck Surgery department.