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Subtotal thyroid surgery, what does it mean?

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Dr. David Sherer
Anesthesiology 37 years experience
Easy: Subtotal literally means removal of part, not all, of the throid gland. How much is up to your surgeon and the nature of the disease process.
Dr. Brendan Stack jr., md, facs, face
Head and Neck Surgery 32 years experience
Subtotal: This is an arcane surgical term referring to removing most but NOT all of the thyroid. It was historically done to reduce risk of recurrent laryngeal nerve injury and hypoparathyroidism. Currently, thyroid surgeries are mostly half (hemi) or all (total).

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Last updated Nov 28, 2017

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