Dr. Terris explains what a subtotal thyroidectomy is.
So that’s a type of operation that’s not really done anymore in the hands of the modern thyroid surgeon. In years past, the belief was that you can minimize the chance of injury to the nerves in the area or the parathyroid glands by deliberately leaving some thyroid tissue behind. We recognize now that that’s probably not a good thing to do in most cases. We really want to remove all of the thyroid tissue on one side or all of the thyroid tissue on both sides rather than leaving tissue behind.
About Dr. David Terris, M.D.:
Dr. David J. Terris is a Professor, Department Chair and Porubsky Distinguished Chair in the Otolaryngology Department at the Medical College of Georgia. He graduated with his B.A. from Cornell University and his medical doctorate from Duke University Medical School.