Peter Hibberd, M.D., is a doctor whose advice is based on more than 28 years of hospital outpatient and inpatient experience. He is an experienced emergency medicine physician, surgeon, and consultant. Dr. Hibberd is certified by the American Board of Emergency Medicine. He is also a fellow and active member of the American Academy of Family Physicians, an active member of the American College of Emergency Physicians, and a member and fellow of the American Academy of Emergency Medicine. Dr. Hibberd has earned numerous national and international professional certifications, memberships, and awards.
Tags: Thyroid Disorders | hyperthyroid | treatment | alternative

What’s the Best Treatment for My Hyperthyroidism?

By    |   Tuesday, 04 June 2013 09:59 AM

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. 

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It’s probably safer to have a well-dosed iodine treatment and avoid surgery for hypothyrodism.
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