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Thyroid Lump Removal Process

Thyroid nodules are lump that form within your thyroid, a gland located at the base of your neck, just above your breastbone. Most thyroid nodules are benign but you may still choose to have them removed. Mr Hughes will always begin your thyroid lump removal process with a consultation. At our accessible London-based locations, our experienced ENT doctor, Mr Hughes will undertake a full assessment of your medical history conduct blood tests so that he may ascertain the most effective treatment plan for you.

The incision is usually made through a lower crease in your neck. Mr Hughes will take care to cause as little disruption to your body as possible and will of course identify the various arteries, veins, nerves, and your voice box to avoid complications.

After the necessary part of the thyroid lump has been removed, the wound is closed together with the skin using sutures. These will be removed after a few days, or they may dissolve, and you may need some small tubes placing to drain away excess surgical fluid.

Mr Hughes offers comprehensive aftercare support for each of his patients, because your care does not end when you leave the hospital. He works closely with Clinical Nurse Specialists (CNS) and other Allied Health Professionals to support you post-surgery, provide aftercare and follow-up appointments, and manage any complications you may experience.


If you think you might have thyroid problems, get in touch with your ENT specialist in London to book a consultation today020 3897 0667

Why choose Mr Jonathan Hughes for my thyroid lump removal surgery?

Mr Hughes is an acclaimed and experienced surgeon specialising in ear, nose, throat, head and neck, and thyroid surgery. He was awarded the Royal College of Surgeons of England Research Fellowship, culminating in a PhD in 2013, and has completed two Royal College of Surgeons of England accredited fellowships in head and neck surgery, and voice/airway/ swallowing disorders. He takes pride in delivering communicative and effective care for his patients, so you can feel safe and confident in his care.

What can I expect after surgery?

Your voice may sound a little hoarse after surgery, but this is usually temporary. If there are no complications, you can return home after a day or so of rest. Voice and nerve complications are rare, but Mr Hughes is prepared and confident in managing them.

Will I have a scar?

The scar, once healed, is typically hardly noticeable. If you have experienced keloid scarring or problems with scarring before, please mention this at your consultation.

When is surgery necessary for thyroid lumps?

If the lump becomes malignant, causes an obstruction, or causes an excess hormone production, then you may need to consider surgery. Your concerns will be discussed in full at your initial consultation and assessment.