The Importance of Finding an Experienced Thyroid Surgeon

Research has proven that the chance of having a safe and successful thyroid surgery depends on the experience of the surgeon. In general, a surgeon should do at least 30 thyroid operations a year to be minimize the chances of surgical complications. Patients should not be shy or embarrassed to ask how many thyroid operations a surgeon has done and what their complication rate is. An experienced surgeon will expect you to ask these questions and should not be offended or threatened by them. Be wary of a surgeon who fails to answer these questions. A patient’s endocrinologist or primary care team will likely be able to give recommendations for experienced thyroid surgeons in the area. The home page of this site has a tool to find an experienced thyroid surgeon.