Is surgery a safe treatment option for Graves’ disease?

Surgery is a safe and effective treatment option for Graves’ disease. The surgical management of Graves’ disease consists of a total thyroidectomy, or removal of the entire thyroid gland, or a subtotal thyroidectomy (removal of most of the gland). The risks of surgery include voice hoarseness and problems with low calcium, but with an experienced surgeon the risks of these complications are very low (1-2%).
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