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I was diagnosed with a substernal goiter, supposed to have surgery. How do they do it?
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Dr. Brian Mott
Surgery - Thoracic
In brief: Neck incision
Usually it can be done thou a standard lower neck incision but sometimes the sternum bone has to be cut to get access to the upper part of the chest.

In brief: Neck incision
Usually it can be done thou a standard lower neck incision but sometimes the sternum bone has to be cut to get access to the upper part of the chest.
Dr. Brian Mott
Dr. Brian Mott
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Dr. Malaika Witter Hewitt
ENT - Head & Neck Surgery
In brief: Through the neck
Most substernal goiters are readily removed through a standard thyroidectomy incision in the neck.
Very seldom is it necessary to have an opening made in the upper part of the sternum. If it is known ahead of time that the goiter is very large and extends quite far into the chest, then a thoracic surgeon should be on standby or even potentially perform the procedure.

In brief: Through the neck
Most substernal goiters are readily removed through a standard thyroidectomy incision in the neck.
Very seldom is it necessary to have an opening made in the upper part of the sternum. If it is known ahead of time that the goiter is very large and extends quite far into the chest, then a thoracic surgeon should be on standby or even potentially perform the procedure.
Dr. Malaika Witter Hewitt
Dr. Malaika Witter Hewitt
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