Endoscopic Thyroid Nodule Surgery- FAQ

"Thyroid nodules are abnormal growths within the thyroid gland and they are actually very common especially in the female population." Most of these nodules are benign, but the only way of knowing for sure is to have them surgically removed and examined. 25:12:23 conventional surgery for thyroid disease has been around for 100 years and basically involves a fairly standard incision in the low neck that's anywhere from 6 to 10 centimeters in length. underneath the surface we go down to the thyroid gland itself, dissect it and then isolate it from surrounding tissues. we either remove half the gland or the entire gland, depending on disease process.” In recent years, endoscopic surgery has become another option. It’s a less invasive way to accomplish the same thing as conventional surgery. 36:29:14 With the increased incidence of thyroid nodules, especially in younger women its becoming increasingly important to find ways to find out what these nodules are, whether they are cancer or not in the least invasive way possible. Edit- 36:54:18 “What we're doing now are these minimally invasive approaches or endoscopic approaches that leave very small scars that are almost unnoticeable.” Most patients are a candidate for this procedure, depending on the size of the nodule or other factors. 38:00:15 With this new procedure that we're doing, we're making a very small incision that's about a half an inch in length. we use special instrumentation and special cameras, so we do all the work underneath the skin and that basically allows the faster recovery and better cosmetic result. Dr. Hornig and Dr. Lentsch have some of the largest combined expertise in the country. 26:48:27 there have been a lot of studies that show there has been a pretty steep learning curve with this, both dr. hornig and myself have been doing this for 3 or 4 years each. 37:21:21 the advantages are less pain, less dissection of surgery, less risk of having complications, day surgery, people go home the same day instead of being in the hospital for days. scars are small so that it doesn't look you've had anything done. To find out more about endoscopic thyroid surgery, call MUSC Health at 843-792-1414.