Thyroid Surgery Cost in India

Includes

  • Surgery
  • Stay at the Hospital
  • Pre-operative Investigations
  • Medicines and Consumables at the hospital
  • Food at the hospital
  • Airport transfers
  • IndiCure assistance

Does Not Include

  • Accommodation outside the hospital
  • Air tickets
  • Visa

Stay Required

  • Stay at the Hospital - 2 to 3 days   
  • Stay in India - 10 to 12 days
The cost quoted above is indicative and should not be taken as the final cost of the surgery. The final cost can be ascertained after the surgeon has evaluated the patient. The cost in Indian Rupees can vary based on exchange rate.

Thyroid surgery (Thyroidectomy) Cost in India starts from US $ 1,600 and varies with the type of surgery, technique to perform the surgery, your medical history, surgeon, hospital and the city where you choose to get the surgery done.

Factors that affect Thyroid Surgery Cost in India:

  • Type of Thyroid Surgery and Surgical Approach

    There are different types of thyroid surgery depending on the reason for which the surgery is done. Lobestomy, Partial Thyroidectomy & Complete Thyroidectomy are three major types of thyroid surgeries, and the cost varies depending on the type of surgery needed. Besides, whether the surgery would be done as open/laparoscopic/robotic also affects the cost of the surgery.

  • Surgeon's Fees

    An important expense when it comes to your thyroid surgery cost in India is going to be your surgeon's fees. IndiCure recommends only experienced, skilled, board-certified surgeons who are capable of delivering successful surgeries. Although the charges may vary depending on the experience of the surgeon, you can be assured to be in safe and skilled hands when you choose thyroidectomy in India with IndiCure.

  • Surgical Facility

    Having your thyroid surgery in an accredited surgical facility by skilled and qualified medical staff is a critical factor. Moreover, the geographical location of this facility also affects the quote. But, IndiCure provides you with a projected estimate that will be affordable and all inclusive.

  • Surgery-Related Expenses

    The surgery-related expenses include the pre- and post-surgical expenses. The pre-surgical expenses are associated with the candidacy and the medical history of the patient. This also includes the routine medical exams and tests to ensure you're a good fit for the surgery. Post-surgical expenses can include prescription medications, rehabilitation stay, and follow-up consultations.

We at IndiCure, understand that you travel with a budget in mind and do not like to be greeted by surprises after arrival in India. We thus club all these expenses and give you the package cost that is inclusive and affordable at the same time.

Your case manager shall give you an estimated cost of your surgery after discussing your medical reports with the surgeon. The final cost, however, shall be confirmed after your consultation with the surgeon.

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Thyroid Surgery

The thyroid gland is a butterfly shaped organ that is situated in the lower front of the neck. It has two cone-shaped lobes that are joined together by an isthmus. Thyroxine, triiodothyronine, and calcitonin are crucial hormones produced by the thyroid gland that regulate every element of your metabolism, including how rapidly calories are burned and your heart rate.

Thyroidectomy/Thyroid Surgery

The surgical removal of all or a portion of your thyroid gland is known as a thyroidectomy.

It is done to treat thyroid conditions such as malignancy, goitre, and an overactive thyroid gland (hyperthyroidism).

The reason for surgery determines how much of your thyroid gland is removed during a thyroidectomy. After surgery, your thyroid may function normally if only a portion of your thyroid needs to be removed (partial thyroidectomy). In order to restore your thyroid's natural function after a total thyroidectomy, you must take thyroid hormone every day.

The cause for the operation determines how much thyroid gland is removed. There are mainly three types of thyroidectomy:

  1. Lobectomy is a procedure in which only one of the two lobes of the gland is removed when a nodule is swollen or inflamed in just one half of the gland. The other lobe continues to perform normally.
  2. Partial thyroidectomy- Hypothyroidism (when the thyroid gland doesn't generate enough hormones) is treated by a partial thyroidectomy, which allows the remaining thyroid to resume normal function after the procedure.
  3. Complete thyroidectomy- is the complete removal of the thyroid due to cancer or when the entire gland is enlarged or inflamed and requires daily hormone replacement treatment to restore thyroid gland function.

Different Approaches for Thyroid Surgery:

There are mainly 3 different approaches or techniques through which thyroid surgery is done.

  1. Open or Conventional Surgery

    Thyroidectomy using the traditional or conventional method typically lasts 1 to 3 hours.

    A curvilinear incision is made over the superior margin of the clavicle and the sternal notch. Depending on the amount of exposure needed to accomplish the surgery, the incision might range in length from 2 cm to 8 cm. The thyroid gland is shown by separating the cervical linea alba, which is located in the middle of the strap muscles.

    Once the thyroid gland has been accessed, one lobe needs to be carefully examined in order to do the lateral lobe capsular dissection. To offer the thyroid gland's superior pole the most exposure possible, the underlying strap muscles are separated to dissect the cricothyroid gap.

    While completing the dissection of the thyroid gland's posterior portion, the surgeon now concentrates on the parathyroid gland to maintain it intact. Once the parathyroid gland has been located, the surgeon delicately separates it from the thyroid gland and retains it in the thyroid bed.

    Now, the surgeon locates the recurrent laryngeal nerve and uses nerve stimulation to confirm its identity. To remove the thyroid gland, the nerve is brutally dissected. Care is taken to remove the thyroid gland without damaging the nerve.

    The neck muscles are pulled back together by the surgeon using one or two stitches. With the aid of the stitches, the deeper layer of the incision is now precisely closed. Finally, sterile paper tapes are used to seal the skin.

  2. Minimally Invasive Thyroidectomy

    The minimally invasive method is carried out using an endoscope and endoscopic equipment . The incision typically measures 15 to 20 mm in length.

    With the use of tools, the thyroid gland or a portion of the thyroid gland is removed, and the entire procedure is seen on a camera that is attached to the endoscope's tip. On a computer screen, there is a movie showing how the surgical instruments move. Following surgery, surgical tape and small stitches are used to close the neck wounds.

  3. Robot-assisted thyroidectomy

    Thyroidectomy can also be carried out with the aid of a robot. This method does not involve making a neck incision. The 4 robotic arms are introduced by the physician through 4 to 6 axillary incisions with an 8 mm medial skin incision to perform the surgery. The remaining steps are the same as those in a typical surgical procedure.

When is Thyroidectomy Needed?

Thyroid surgery is used to treat the following conditions:

Thyroid cancer: The most frequent reason for thyroid removal is cancer. The majority, if not all, of your thyroid will likely be removed as part of your therapy if you have thyroid cancer.

Non- malignant thyroid growth (goiter): If you have a large goitre that is unpleasant, makes breathing or swallowing difficult, or, in certain situations, if the goitre is causing hyperthyroidism, your doctor may advise having all or part of your thyroid gland removed.

Overactive thyroid (Hyperthyroidism): When you have hyperthyroidism, your thyroid gland makes too much of the hormone thyroxine. Thyroidectomy may be a possibility if you experience side effects from anti-thyroid medication and don't want radioactive iodine therapy.

Indeterminate or suspicious thyroid nodules: After evaluating a sample from a needle biopsy, some thyroid nodules cannot be classified as malignant or noncancerous. If there is a higher likelihood that these nodules are malignant, doctors may advise thyroidectomy for those who have them.

Questions to Ask

We at IndiCure completely understand your concerns and it is always our endeavor to provide the best outcome for every patient. Following is the list of questions you must ask before you embark on your journey for thyroid surgery in India.

  • Is it time for a thyroid surgery?
  • Is the ENT surgeon board certified?
  • How experienced is the Surgeon?
  • Which language does the surgeon speak?
  • Is the surgery done in a well-equipped facility?
  • Can you give me any information on outcomes and complication rates?
  • How much pain can I expect, and how will it be managed in the hospital and after I go home?
  • Is physical therapy necessary after surgery?
  • What about the risks involved?
  • Does the surgeon use a certified anesthetist?
  • How long will the recovery period be?

Preparation for the Surgery

Prepare to answer questions about your:

  • Medical history and exams
  • Previous surgeries
  • Current medication review
  • Surgical expectations
  • Social Planning

How is Thyroidectomy Done?

Thyroidectomy is usually done under general anesthesia. Throughout the procedure, your heart rate and blood pressure will be watched. The surgery takes two to three hours to complete.

Step 1

Depending on the operation's goals, the surgeon may make one or more minor incisions on the neck.

Step 2

The thyroid gland is then partially or entirely removed by the surgeon.

Step 3

Your lymph nodes near the thyroid are also examined, and if necessary, they may be removed. Closing the incisions and applying a dressing follow.

What is the Recovery after Thyroid Surgery Like?

You are taken to a recovery room following surgery, where the medical staff keeps an eye on your physical and mental recuperation. You'll be sent to a hospital room once you're completely awake.

A drain may need to be inserted under the neck incision in some patients. The morning following surgery is usually when this drain is removed.

A few people may develop hoarse or weak voices after a thyroidectomy along with neck pain. This does not necessarily imply that the nerve that manages the voice cords has sustained lasting injury. These sensations are frequently transient and may be brought on by irritation from the breathing tube placed into the windpipe during surgery or by nerve irritation brought on by the procedure itself.

After surgery, you'll be able to eat and drink normally. Depending on the type of surgery you underwent, you could be able to leave the hospital in a day or two.

Usually, you can resume your usual activities when you get home. Before engaging in any extreme activity, such as heavy lifting or strenuous sports, wait at least 2 weeks.

What Results can I Expect from Thyroid Surgery?

If thyroid removal surgery is done to remove the cancerous gland, the outlook depends on the stage of cancer and your overall health.

Overall, thyroidectomy is a fairly successful procedure and you can expect good results from the surgery.

If you undergo partial thyroidectomy, the remaining thyroid tissue usually assumes the role of the full thyroid gland. Therefore, thyroid hormone therapy may not be necessary.

Your body cannot produce thyroid hormone if the complete thyroid is gone. You'll experience the signs and symptoms of an underactive thyroid if you don't get replacement (hypothyroidism). As a result, you'll need to take a daily pill containing the artificial thyroid hormone levothyroxine (Synthroid, Unithroid, others).

This hormone replacement serves all the same purposes as the hormone that your thyroid gland naturally produces. To determine how much thyroid hormone replacement you require, your doctor will do a blood test.

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Frequently Asked Questions

1. What are the risks associated with thyroidectomy?

Although thyroidectomy is a fairly safe procedure, there are a few risks associated with the surgery that include:

  • Loss of blood
  • Infection.
  • Parathyroid gland damage can result in low calcium levels and muscle spasms.
  • Recurrent laryngeal nerve damage (runs behind the thyroid gland). The patient will have hoarseness and a weak voice if an injury occurs.
  • You could need further treatments if thyroid cancer is present (radioactive iodine treatment).

2. What is the length of my hospital stay after my thyroid surgery?

The majority of patients are able to leave the hospital in a day or two after their operation.

3. Will there be any physical limitations following the procedure?

Following surgery, the patient is able to eat, drink, and engage in the majority of daily activities. In general, it is suggested to stay away from vigorous activity for a week to ten days following surgery.

4. After having thyroid surgery, when can I go back to work?

The majority of patients can return to work one to two weeks after surgery. As soon as you are able to turn your head side to side easily and are not taking narcotic painkillers, you can resume your daily activities including sundry desk jobs.

5. Will I experience a lot of pain following surgery?

Each patient's experience of pain is different. Post-operative discomfort is common, but it can be readily controlled with the help of painkillers that the surgeon prescribes. You can experience a sore throat, swallowing issues, and hoarse voice for a few days following thyroid surgery. With time, these symptoms disappear.

6. What medications will I need to take following thyroidectomy?

Patients typically simply require painkillers after surgery. The parathyroid glands, which regulate calcium levels in the blood, may not work well after thyroid surgery, thus the surgeon may also prescribe calcium and vitamin D. Some people might only need temporary calcium supplementation.

7. Do I need to take thyroid hormone after the surgery?

If you weren't taking thyroid hormone before the operation, the surgeon might prescribe it to you after. If you were taking thyroid hormone pills before the operation, keep taking them at the same dose until your doctor tells you otherwise. A patient who has had a complete thyroidectomy will always need to take thyroid hormone.

8. How will I know if I need to take in more calcium if my blood calcium level drops?

Numbness and tingling in the fingers and around the mouth are typical indicators of low blood calcium or hypocalcemia following thyroid surgery. Muscle cramps are another possibility for certain persons. The doctors will advise you to take the extra calcium you need and will prescribe the appropriate dosage for you.

9. Is removing the thyroid a major surgery?

A thyroidectomy is a common but major surgical procedure with significant side effects.

10. Can you live a normal life after thyroid removal?

Yes, You can live a healthy, normal life without it or with only a portion of it, despite how important thyroid is. However, you will require treatment to avoid hypothyroidism, which is too little thyroid hormone and can have catastrophic consequences. You must begin thyroid hormone replacement in order to avoid hypothyroidism.

11. Will I gain weight after having my thyroid removed?

Weight gain following thyroid surgery is frequent in hyperthyroid patients. This happens as a result of the decreased levels of thyroid hormone in the blood, which mitigates the effects of high thyroid hormones on weight loss.

12. Does thyroid removal shorten life expectancy?

No, thyroidectomy, high-dose radioactive iodine, and thyroid hormone therapy as a whole are safe and do not reduce life expectancy.

13. Does memory suffer if you don't have a thyroid?

Every organ of the body, including the brain, has its metabolism controlled by the thyroid hormone. Your memory and focus may suffer if your thyroid hormone levels are insufficient.

14. Will I have to adhere to a certain diet after having thyroid surgery?

The majority of patients do not require a specific diet following a thyroidectomy or thyroid lobectomy. The morning following surgery, you should be able to eat and drink normally, though you might first prefer softer foods.

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