Joseph F. Popovich, MD, FACS
General & Vascular Surgeon located in Jersey City, NJ
If you have a problem with your thyroid, you may need to have it removed. Joseph F. Popovich, MD, FACS, is a renowned surgeon with an office in Jersey City, New Jersey, who can perform thyroid surgery with care and confidence. If you’re searching for a surgeon to remove your thyroid, call the office or schedule a consultation using the online booking button.
Thyroid Surgery Q & A
Why would I need thyroid surgery?
Several medical conditions that affect the thyroid may require surgery.
Thyroid cancer is the most common reason for removal of the thyroid. You may need all or only part of your thyroid removed.
A goiter, which is an enlargement of your thyroid, may also require partial or total removal of your thyroid if it’s affecting your ability to swallow or breathe.
Hyperthyroidism is a medical condition that causes your thyroid to produce excessive amounts of thyroid hormones, which can severely affect your health. If your hyperthyroidism can’t be managed with conservative treatments, removal may be necessary.
How is thyroid surgery performed?
Dr. Popovich is a skilled surgeon with many years of experience and may take one of three approaches for removal of your thyroid, which is referred to as a thyroidectomy.
A conventional thyroidectomy is an open procedure. Dr. Popovich makes an incision in your neck and removes your thyroid.
An endoscopic thyroidectomy is a less invasive procedure than the conventional method. Dr. Popovich removes your thyroid using a surgical camera as a guide and small incisions for insertion of the surgical instruments and removal of your thyroid.
A robotic thyroidectomy is performed using incisions in your armpit, chest, or high in the neck. Unlike the conventional and endoscopic procedures, a robotic thyroidectomy can remove your thyroid without leaving a visible scar on your neck.
Dr. Popovich determines the best method of performing your thyroidectomy after an examination and review of your medical history. He may remove all or only part of your thyroid, depending on your need for surgery.
What happens after thyroid surgery?
Recovery from your thyroidectomy varies and may depend on the type of surgical procedure. Dr. Popovich will schedule a follow-up appointment after your procedure to evaluate your incision and make sure you’re healing as expected.
If you had only part of your thyroid removed, the remaining portion will take over the normal functions of your thyroid, including the production and release of your thyroid hormones. If all of your thyroid was removed, you will be prescribed thyroid hormone replacement medication.
For expert surgical care for your thyroid surgery, call Dr. Popovich’s office today for a consultation. Or book an appointment online.