Saturday, April 16, 2005

Thyroid Surgery What are the risks?

Recurrent nerve injury accounts for 2-3% of medical legal claims in general surgery.
Identification of the nerve is a key to reduction in nerve injuries.

Nerves not identified during the surgery 5.2% nerve injury
Nerves identified during the surgery 1.2% nerve injury

Parathyroid Calcium damage 1-4% present incidence
This is due to these procedures at surgery
Routine idenification of the glands at surgery,
preserving blood supply, autotransplantation
of parathyroid glands damaged and without blood supply.

Experience of 50-150 thyroidectomies a year by the surgeon, results in the lowest complication rate.
Check out the surgeon before you sign up for the surgery


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