Thyroid disorders are varied and extensive, often requiring close monitoring by a healthcare professional. If you are struggling with complications associated with thyroid cyst development, it is important to understand what treatment options will be provided and why the treatment is necessary to restore your health.
Thyroid cyst surgery is a common surgery that is recommended for individuals who have developed a nodule on the thyroid gland. Typically, when this type of complication develops, the early signs of hypothyroidism develop, including brain fog, fatigue, weight gain, and loss of hair. When these symptoms manifest, medical treatment is typically sought resulting in the findings of a nodule or thyroid cyst.
If your doctor has recommended thyroid cyst surgery to you, it is important to understand why this surgery is necessary. For many thyroid patients, when a cyst develops on the thyroid gland there is a risk that the cyst may develop into abnormal thyroid tissue and ultimately may become malignant. For this reason, removal is often recommended.
In addition, and even when the cyst is determined to not be malignant in nature, there is a risk that thyroid cyst presence will inhibit the use of thyroid medications to regulate thyroid function. By removing the cyst, the thyroid gland is no longer impeded from function and the medications used to treat hypothyroidism will have optimal opportunity to restore health.
Removing a thyroid cyst, a simple incision is made in the neck area along the path where the thyroid cyst is located. The cyst is removed and sent to lab for further evaluation. It is during this laboratory test that the cyst is confirmed as benign and then further treatment recommendations can begin. In most cases, thyroid cyst surgery is an outpatient procedure that requires little to no lost time from work or daily living activities.
If you are a candidate for thyroid cyst surgery, be sure you understand the underlying complications that can arise without surgery being performed. In weighing the risks and benefits, most hypothyroid patients agree that removal of the thyroid gland, or simply removing the thyroid cyst, will provide the most ideal outcome in metabolic health.
Sources: Thyroid Cytopathology, by Douglas P. Clark