Tags: Thyroid Disorders | hyperthyroid | treatment | alternative

What’s the Best Treatment for My Hyperthyroidism?

Tuesday, 04 Jun 2013 10:00 AM

By Peter Hibberd, M.D.

Question: Please is it better to use radioactive iodine or have surgery to cure hyperthyroidism?

Dr. Hibberd’s answer:
It’s probably safer to have a well-dosed iodine treatment and avoid surgery. Most patients elect to ablate their overactive gland with radioactive iodine. Skilled dosing will often leave you with some functioning tissue, making thyroid replacement less often necessary.
Also, iodine treatment allows you to avoid the risks associated with anesthesia and thyroid surgery. Discuss your options with your primary-care physician and surgeon, and you will need to weigh the individual pros and cons suitable for your case.
For instance, if you have a goiter that interferes with your ability to swallow, and it is not expected to regress sufficiently, surgery may be better for you. If you have a solitary nodule that can be removed without disturbing the rest of the gland, that may be better than exposing the entire thyroid to radioactive iodine, which does carry a small theoretical increased risk of exposure to radiation-induced changes. 

© 2015 NewsmaxHealth. All rights reserved.

Around the Web
Join the Newsmax Community
Please review Community Guidelines before posting a comment.
>> Register to share your comments with the community.
>> Login if you are already a member.
blog comments powered by Disqus
Zip Code:
Privacy: We never share your email.
Hot Topics
Follow Newsmax
Like us
on Facebook
Follow us
on Twitter
Add us
on Google Plus
Around the Web
Top Stories
You May Also Like
Most Commented

Newsmax, Moneynews, Newsmax Health, and Independent. American. are registered trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc. Newsmax TV, and Newsmax World are trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc.

America's News Page
©  Newsmax Media, Inc.
All Rights Reserved