Who should consider having surgery for Graves’ disease?

Surgery for Graves’ disease involves the removal of the entire thyroid gland by a total thyroidectomy. The surgery can be done very safely, and results in a quick and permanent resolution of hyperthyroidism. It is equally effective and safe as radioactive iodine ablation. For some patient populations it may be their best option, including those with thyroid enlargement and compressive symptoms, suspicious nodules (or growths), patients needing rapid control of their disease, patients with significant eye problems, or women who are pregnant or nursing.
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