Thyroidectomy safe for outpatient setting

May 2007
Same-Day Surgery;May2007, Vol. 31 Issue 5, p62
Academic Journal
The latest procedure to move into the outpatient surgery arena is the thyroidectomy. Although the procedure is relatively simple, the risks of bleeding and hypocalcemia have prevented many surgeons from considering it an outpatient procedure. A study conducted at the Medical College of Georgia demonstrates the safety of the procedure and offers suggestions on how to minimize the risks. • Administer prophylactic calcium supplementation. • Use minimally invasive techniques. • Harmonic scalpels reduce bleeding during and after the procedure.


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