There are various reasons patient undergo thyroidectomy. One of the major indications is the diagnosis of thyroid cancer, proven by a fine-needle biopsy. Past malignancies, a thyroidectomy is a viable option for patients this symptomatic thyroid masses or goiters. Dysphagia from solids to foods is a strong indication that surgery is needed. Other symptoms include dyspnea, shortness of breath, and /or hoarseness of breath.
After a thyroidectomy, many patients are left with a scar that hypertrophic and discolored. These scars can be physically uncomfortable, visually distracting and mentally troublesome for many people.
There are various types of treatment to help with scarring
Types of Treatment
- Steroid injections: Steroid injections can relieve some of the scars physical discomfort, such as itchiness and tenderness. It can also lessen the scar’s discoloration and size
- Removing scar tissue: sometimes removing the scar tissue and suturing the wound with very small stitches can fix these types of scars.
- Skin grafts: skin or flap grafts may be able to fix the results of hypertrophic scars.
- Combination treatment: Sometimes the best plan is to combine treatments: removing the scar tissue, while using steroid injections and topical creams.
- Other treatments: include wearing pressure bandages that minimize swelling and support healing, and radiation