Robotic Surgery for Thyroid Nodules

Georgia Regents Medical Center is the only hospital in the Southeast offering da Vinci robotic surgery for thyroid nodules. The procedure, which eliminates neck scars, is performed by David Terris, MD, an otolaryngologist with Georgia Regents Medical Center’s Thyroid and Parathyroid Center. The only center of its kind in the area, it staffs an endocrinologist, surgeon and radiologist who work as a team to provide multidisciplinary, coordinated care for patients with problems of the thyroid and parathyroid. 

What are Thyroid Nodules? 
Thyroid nodules are lumps that form within your thyroid, a small gland at the base of the neck, just below the Adam’s apple. They are more common in women, and the risk increases with age.

“The nodules are generally discovered during routine exams, and rarely cause symptoms,” says Dr. Terris. “Occasionally, nodules become so large you can feel them and see swelling at the base of the neck. If you find nodules, consult an endocrinologist. He or she will perform a biopsy to determine if your nodules are benign or malignant.”

If the test results are suspicious or indicate cancer, or if the nodules are pressing on the throat or creating anxiety, you may need a thyroidectomy, a surgery to remove the nodules and all or part of the thyroid gland.   

Georgia Regents Medical Center Offers Advanced Robotic Thyroidectomy
Traditional thyroidectomies require hospitalization and a 3-4 inch incision in the neck, which causes scarring. The robotic procedure, on the other hand, can be performed through a small incision under the armpit or in another remote location, to avoid visible scarring.

“The system’s true 3-D visualization also delivers clearer images, and its instrumentation allows for increased precision, facilitating outcomes,” Dr. Terris says. “The surgery may be right for motivated patients who want to avoid scarring.”

To schedule an appointment with an Georgia Regents Medical Center Otolaryngolgist, please call 706-721-CARE (2273) or request an appointment online.

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