Research has shown that experienced surgeons who specialize in thyroid operations have superior surgical outcomes and less frequent complications compared to providers who only rarely perform thyroid surgery. Ask your primary care physician or endocrinologist to refer you to an experienced thyroid surgery specialist. When speaking with your surgeon, it is acceptable and appropriate to ask them how many thyroid operations they do in a year (high volume surgeons perform >50 thyroid operations per year). Members of the American Association of Endocrine Surgeons (AAES) have clinical and research expertise in thyroid surgery.
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