A thyroidectomy is the removal of part or all of your thyroid gland. It’s used to treat an enlarged or overactive thyroid gland or thyroid cancer.
Thyroidectomy for suspected cancer (nodule)
A thyroid lump can be caused by cancer. A thyroidectomy involves removing all or part of your thyroid gland. This gives you the best chance of being free of cancer, and helps your surgeon to decide if you need any further treatment.
Total thyroidectomy (for thyrotoxicosis)
The thyroid is a gland in your neck that produces a hormone called thyroxine, which regulates your body's metabolism. The thyroid can become overactive, causing weight loss, sweatiness and eye problems.
Thyroid cancer can, in most cases, be treated. Find out how it develops, what the symptoms are and when you should see a doctor.
Hyperthyroidism (or thyrotoxicosis) occurs when the thyroid gland is overactive and produces too much thyroid hormone.