completion thyroidectomy is usually done after a thyroid lobectomy reveals cancer in the first half of the thyroid but may also be done for multinodular goiter or hyperthyroidism. After a completion thyroidectomy, patients will need to take thyroid hormone replacement pills (one pill a day for the rest of their lives).

The decision as to which thyroid operation to perform depends on a number of factors including the type of disease and the patient’s preferences. It is critical to work with a team of thyroid specialists to choose the right operation for each individual patient.