Outcome of one year’s experience of thyroid surgery in a high volume center.
Objectives: This study was performed to take an overview of the modes of presentation of these disorders, demographic factors of presenting patients, procedures to deal with these disorders and complications associated with them in our surgical ward. Study Design: Cross Sectional Study. Setting: Department of North Surgery, Mayo Hospital Lahore Pakistan. Period: September 2018 to September 2019. Material & Methods: All adult patients of either gender who presented with benign or malignant thyroid disorders and were managed surgically during the study period were included. The data was recorded on a pre-designed proforma maintained at the department. Results: Out of 156 patients, there were 146(93.6%) females and 10(6.4%) males. The most commonly performed procedure was total thyroidectomy i.e 102 (65.3%) while hemi thyroidectomies being 41 (26.1%). We performed 4 neck dissections in this time period for malignancies. The mean hospital stay ranged from 1-12 days with a mean of 2.88±1.99 days. There was no in-hospital mortality. Temporary hypocalcemia was the most common early complication found in 32(20.5%) patients. Conclusion: Thyroid surgery is a safe procedure to be performed for teaching purposes in a high volume unit like ours with complication rates reaching near zero.