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Thyroid in Plainsboro, NJ

Partial or complete thyroid surgery may be performed to treat a variety of conditions affecting the thyroid gland. Board-certified New Jersey otolaryngologist Dr. Scott Kay performs thyroid surgery for patients in the Central New Jersey area at Princeton Otolaryngology Associates.

What Is Thyroid Surgery?

The thyroid is a gland of the endocrine system, affecting the body’s metabolism. Conditions such as hyperthyroidism, Graves’ disease, and goiters can cause the need for thyroid surgery to correct complications the patient is experiencing.

Benefits of Thyroid Surgery

The benefits of thyroid surgery range depending on the need for the surgery. Thyroid surgery can be an effective cure for thyroid cancer. When the thyroid is producing too much thyroid hormone, removing it can prevent this malfunction, allowing the hormone to be regulated medically.

How is Thyroid Surgery Performed?

Thyroid surgery is performed under general anesthesia. An incision is made in the neck, and either a partial lobe of the thyroid will be removed, or the entire gland, depending on your medical need for the surgery. A surgical drain may be placed, and the wound is sutured.

Preparing For Thyroid Surgery

Imaging studies, blood tests, fine-needle aspiration biopsy, or other studies may be required before surgery. You’ll need to refrain from eating for a period of time before surgery. We recommend that patients quit smoking before surgery, as it can impair healing.

Thyroid Surgery Recovery

Expect a sore throat and hoarseness for a week or so after the procedure. You will be able to eat or drink normally. You can get the incision wet the following day, but please avoid soaking in the tub or swimming. Avoid strenuous activity and heavy lifting for a week after surgery. To prevent muscle stiffness, gentle stretching is advised.

How Much Does Thyroid Surgery Cost?

Thyroid surgery is typically covered by insurance; the amount you’ll pay will be determined based on your plan’s coverage. To help you cover your expenses, we accept CareCredit® financing. For assistance determining your insurance benefits or to explore financing options, please call us.

Is Thyroid Surgery Right For Me?

If you suffer from conditions affecting the thyroid, thyroid surgery may be right for you. During your consultation, Dr. Kay will perform an assessment to determine if you are a good candidate for the procedure.

Why Choose Princeton Otolaryngology Associates For Thyroid Surgery?

Dr. Kay is skilled in performing total and partial thyroid surgeries, as well as completion thyroid surgery. You’ll benefit from his expert surgical care and his commitment to improving the lives of his patients. As a board-certified otolaryngologist, Dr. Kay has the knowledge and experience necessary to provide effective treatment through surgery.

What to Expect During Your Consultation For Thyroid Surgery

During your consultation, your medical history will be reviewed, including any current or past treatments for your thyroid condition. Dr. Kay will perform an exam and may order imaging or tests to determine if thyroid surgery could benefit you. If indicated, Dr. Kay will develop a treatment plan. You’ll have the opportunity to ask questions about his proposed treatment, and discuss any concerns you have.

Since 1993, board-certified New Jersey otolaryngologist Dr. Scott Kay has been treating patients at his Central New Jersey area practice. Patients choose Dr. Kay for elite medical and surgical care relating to ear, nose, and throat issues. To schedule a consultation, please contact us today.