Transoral Thyroid Surgery
Does thyroid surgery leave a scar?
Normal thyroid and parathyroid surgery involve making an incision horizontally across the neck in order for surgeons to access the thyroid gland. Traditional methods like this allow surgeons easy access to the targeted glands.
In contrast, scarless transoral endocrine surgery (TES) allows surgeons to operate on the thyroid and parathyroid through small incisions in the mouth and by use of endoscopic instruments. As a result, TES leaves no external scars on the patient’s neck, which is why it is a popular option for thyroid surgery patients.
The Surgical Clinic has a variety of surgeons who specialize in thyroid & parathyroid surgery throughout Middle Tennessee.
Types of scarless thryoid surgery
Through novel transoral surgery, surgeons can remove diseased tissue from the neck through the following procedures:
- Total Thyroidectomy
- Partial thyroidectomy
- Thyroid Lobectomy
Is Transoral Thyroid Surgey Safe?
According to Dr. Joshua Taylor, this method of surgery began here in the United States in 2015. Johns Hopkins in Maryland performs the highest volume in transoral endocrine surgery currently, but it is steadily becoming more widely accepted across the country and is both safe and effective.
Who performs scarless thyroid surgery?
How is Transoral Thyroid Surgery Performed?
Once the patient is sedated, Transoral Thyroid Surgery begins with making three incisions behind the lip where surgical access ports are placed. Next, surgeons use a special pillow to align the patient’s neck while using endoscopic surgical tools to operate on the thyroid gland, parathyroid gland or surrounding lymph nodes.
After the diseased tissue is removed, it is placed in a small pouch and extracted from the neck through the surgical ports. When the surgery is completed, the ports are removed and the incisions will be closed with absorbable sutures.
Conditions treated with Thyroid surgery
Specific conditions we can treat include: Small to Medium Thyroid Cancer Nodules, Grave’s Disease, Hyperthyroidism and Hyperparathyroidism.
What to Expect
For the first day after surgery, we place patients on a liquid diet, and then we have them introduce soft foods the next day. After about three days, patients should be able to start reintroducing solid foods.
It is important that patients keep their mouths especially clean for the first few days after surgery. We recommend that patients rinse with an antiseptic mouthwash after eating to ensure the incisions do not become infected.
What Are The Risks of Transoral Surgery?
The risks of thyroid surgery Include:
Infection, Swelling, Nerve Damage, Voice Hoarseness, Temporary,Voice Change, Breathing Problems from Anesthesia, Changes in Blood Pressure