This Thyroidectomy course will teach you:
- To remove (part of) the thyroid gland, in case of (benign or malignant) neoplasms or an overactive thyroid. The extent of the thyroidectomy depends on the kind of tumor and its size.
Special attention is paid to the following hazards you may encounter during this Thyroidectomy course
- Clamp positioning on or close to the (suspected) lesion
- Superior laryngeal nerve injury
- Pyramidal lobe
- Contralateral recurrent laryngeal nerve damage
With the following tips you might perform the Thyroidectomy even better:
- Symmetrical incision
- Improving exposure by suturing skin flaps to drapes
- Incision extension
- Gaining better exposure by tilting the lobe using a gauze
- Parathyroid gland identification
- Recurrent laryngeal nerve location
- Inspection of the vocal cords during extubation
- Lymph node location
After studying this Thyroidectomy course you are familiar with the most common complications:
- Airway obstruction
- Injury to the recurrent laryngeal nerve
- Injury to the superior laryngeal nerve
- Injury to parathyroid glands
Step by step
Strap muscle approach
Incise the skin transversely and slightly curved in a skin fold at two fingerbreadths cranial of the sternal notch, between the medial borders of the sternocleidomastoid muscles.
To create a symmetrical incision, the skin can be marked by pressing a thread in the skin fold from medial to lateral.
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