How long does thyroid surgery take?

Most thyroid operations take from one to five hours for the surgeon to perform. There is additional preparation and recovery time before and after the actual operation. When a patient has had previous neck surgery, there is often scar tissue which makes the procedure time longer. Thyroid operations that involve removal of lymph nodes (neck dissection) also take longer. Ask your thyroid surgeon for an estimate about how long your particular procedure is likely to take. Descriptions of the main types of thyroid operations can be found in the links, below.

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