After a thyroid nodule has been found, your doctor is likely to perform a biopsy to determine if the nodule is benign (non-cancerous) or malignant (cancerous). If the diagnosis is benign, your doctor may suggest a simple follow-up appointment and ultrasound exam. If the diagnosis is malignant or ”indeterminate” (when the cytopathologist cannot confidently say the nodule is benign or malignant) your doctor will most likely recommend surgery. However, surgery may not be necessary for many people with indeterminate biopsy results. This is where the Afirma Solution is making a significant difference for people with thyroid nodules. Discover the Afirma Advantage.

Risks of Thyroid SurgeryThyroid surgery is the appropriate course of treatment for some patients but may be unnecessary for others. While the surgery is relatively safe, all surgeries carry risk. For example, the thyroid gland is located close to the voice box and other important glands. Removing the thyroid can cause voice problems such as temporary or even prolonged hoarseness.

Life After Surgery The thyroid is a powerful gland. A relatively simple surgery can lead to complications, and side effects can be significant. Most patients will need to take daily medications to help keep their thyroid hormone levels in balance. Despite this daily routine, studies show that at any given time, 40% of post-surgery patients have a hormone imbalance. This imbalance can cause depression, low energy, high cholesterol, rapid or irregular heartbeat, sweating, nervousness and irritability.

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