Thyroidectomy Scar Repair
What is a thyroidectomy?
A thyroidectomy is the procedure for removing all or part of the thyroid gland. There are various reasons patients undergo a thyroidectomy. One of the major indications is the diagnosis of thyroid cancer, proven by a fine-needle biopsy. A thyroidectomy is a viable option for patients with past malignancies, symptomatic thyroid masses, or goiters. Dysphagia (difficulty swallowing) of solid foods is a strong indication that surgery is needed. Other symptoms include dyspnea (difficulty breathing), shortness of breath, and /or hoarseness.
After a thyroidectomy, many patients are left with a scar that is hypertrophic (raised) and discolored. These scars can be physically uncomfortable, visually distracting, and mentally troublesome for many people.
What are the types of treatment for thyroidectomy scars?
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: Occasionally the best plan is to combine treatments: removing the scar tissue, along with steroid injections and use of topical creams.
Other treatments: This includes wearing pressure bandages to minimize swelling and support healing, as well as radiation
If you would like to find out how Dr. Volshteyn, our board certified plastic surgeon, can repair and improve your thyroidectomy scar, please call our office at (732) 641-3350