Surgery to remove all or part of the thyroid gland. Depending on the reason you are having your thyroid gland removed, the type of thyroidectomy you have will be either a total thyroidectomy, which removes the entire gland, or a subtotal or partial thyroidectomy, which removes part of the thyroid gland. A horizontal incision is made in the neck just above the collar bones. The thyroid is then located and removed.
Surgery to remove the parathyroid glands or parathyroid tumors. If done open, an incision is made in the center of your neck just under your Adam's apple. The four parathyroid glands will be located and any that are diseased will be removed. There are also minimally invasive procedures (1 cut on side of neck with use of radioactive tracer and probe), video-assisted procedures (2 cuts in neck, one for instruments and one for a camera), and endoscopic procedures (2-3 small cuts in neck and 1 cut above collarbone, procedure similar to video-assisted). A special blood test may be performed to see if all the diseased glands were removed. In rare cases, when all four of these glands need to be removed, part of one is transplanted into the forearm or into a muscle in the front of your neck next to the thyroid gland. This helps ensure your body's calcium level stays at a healthy level.
Palouse Surgeons is comprised of board-certified physicians who provide evaluation and treatment for a full range of general surgery conditions. Services are available for patient convenience, at Gritman Medical Center, Pullman Regional Hospital, Whitman Hospital & Medical Center and The Palouse Surgery Center.
We serve a population of around 80,000 people, 30,000 of whom are students at Washington State University in Pullman and the University of Idaho in Moscow. Our Board Certified Surgeons are proficient in laparoscopic surgery, as well as other minimally invasive surgical techniques. We provide special expertise in Abdominal, Colon and Rectal, Hernia, Breast, Gall Bladder, Gerd , and treatment of varicose veins.