Dr. Özer Makay is an expert in nerve monitoring during thyroid surgery, and has been a guest faculty member in South Korea, Italy, France, the Netherlands, Germany, Belgium and Bulgaria. This episode covers the following topics: * Protecting the recurrent laryngeal nerve (RLN) and superior laryngeal nerve during thyroid surgery. * Outcomes of damaging these nerves during surgery include no voice, hoarseness, shortness of breath, problem with drinking water or aspiration, impaired physical exertion with something as simple as climbing a flight of stairs. * Why some centers have a higher occurrence of damage during thyroid surgery and include an error rate as high as 10% * The cause of the damaged nerve include stretching or traction, and cutting or stitching. * How to reduce risk. * Is it possible to reattach a cut nerve?
Thyroid Cancer Patients Are More Likely to File For Bankruptcy Dr. Jonas de Souza, Assistant Professor of Medicine, specializes in the treatment of head and neck cancer, including thyroid cancer at the University of Chicago.
Hear about the advances in thyroid ultra sound technology, along with the patient process from diagnosis to surgery. Key topics in this episode include how to research a surgeon, requesting a second opinion, selecting the best hospital, and the challenges faced when operating on the neck.