How Much Does Thyroidectomy Surgery Cost?

A thyroidectomy is a surgical procedure where the thyroid gland is surgically removed completely (total thyroidectomy)  or just partially (thyroid lobectomy or partial thyroidectomy).  Located over the larynx, around the trachea, the thyroid functions to produce hormones which are released into the bloodstream to regulate the body’s metabolism.

The thyroid will often have to be removed if the patient has thyroid cancer, an overacted thyroid, a cyst or enlargement which affects the breathing.

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The thyroidectomy surgery options

In the surgical world, there are three techniques a surgeon may opt to use, either the conventional method, a minimally invasive method or robotically.

  1. The conventional open surgery will be the most commonly used surgery.  During this procedure, the surgeon will create a small incision across the neck to access the thyroid.  Depending on the condition, either all of part of the thyroid will be removed.  If the patient were to have cancer, for example, then the surrounding lymph nodes may be removed as well.
  2. The minimally invasive technique will require several smaller incisions rather than one large one like the conventional method.  Unlike the conventional method, the surgeon will insert an endoscope as a guide to locate and remove the thyroid while using small instruments.
  3. Lastly, the robotic method is relatively new and involves what’s known as the da Vinci Surgical System.  Rather than creating an incision, the surgery will be performed by accessing the armpit by creating a small incision under the arm, followed by using a robotic hand and camera to remove the thyroid.

Regardless of which option is used, the incision site will be closed with sutures and a sterile dressing will be applied.  If the incision was in the neck, then a draining tube may be used to drain any excess fluid.

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Average Reported Cost: $17000

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  1. Daniel McCormick (Santa Fe,  New Mexico) paid $17000 and said:

    The surgery was very worth it ($17,000; $2,000 with insurance); however, of note are the expensive imaging tests that have to be preformed before the surgery. This varies, of course, on weather or not the doctor suspects its thyroid cancer or not. In the case for me, I had to: 1) get an ultra sound ($500); 2) have a CAT scan with imaging done ($2000); and 3) a Biopsy done ($1200). I had a rare case of a benign follicular neoplasum; however, make sure to get only the required tests done to avoid excess cost and research about your condition so you are informed when you talk to your doc. Also, after the syrgery, request Armour Thyroid. Go to stopthethyroidmadness.com to find out more about why taking synthetic thyroid hormones, levothyroxine, for example, are very bad for you and about the benefits of Armour Thyroid. Having tried both, Armour Thyroid wins hands down. It gives you better energy, faster metabolism, and, as far as I can tell, a better immune system (I have not been sick in over 8 months). Best of luck to all 😀

    Was it worth it? Yes

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