Thyroidectomy is the surgical removal of all or part of the thyroid gland. This gland is in the neck. It produces hormones that regulate metabolism. The surgery may be a:
- Total or near-total thyroidectomy—all of the thyroid is removed
- Thyroid lobectomy or partial thyroidectomy—removal of only a part of the right or left lobe and/or center of the thyroid
The Thyroid Gland
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All or part of the thyroid gland may be surgically removed for any of the following reasons:
Last reviewedAugust 2013by Kim Carmichael, MD; Michael Woods, MD
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