Television Personality Brooke Burke Shows The World Post-Thyroidectomy Scar

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Babak Larian, MD, FACS, and director of the CENTER for Advanced Head & Neck Surgery in Los Angeles, says post-thyroidectomy symptoms are generally seen for the first couple months following the procedure.

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Brooke Burke underwent a traditional thyroidectomy, meaning her surgeon most likely had to make a larger incision in her neck to remove the cancerous tumor.

According to recent reports, television personality Brooke Burke has successfully received treatment for the diagnosis of a cancerous thyroid gland. Burke underwent a thyroidectomy just a short time ago and is now showing the world her scar. Babak Larian, MD, FACS, and director of the CENTER for Advanced Head & Neck Surgery in Los Angeles says that patients who undergo thyroid surgery should expect minor symptoms following the procedure, including pain with swallowing, voice fluctuations, and discomfort in the neck region.

“Whenever someone undergoes thyroid surgery, there are multiple normal symptoms that are likely to be experienced. Pain and discomfort after the surgery usually clears up within a week. In some cases, the voice can take the longer to recuperate. It’s perfectly normal for the voice to feel tired throughout the day, which can continue for several weeks,as a consequence of having the breathing tube in place during surgery” said Dr. Larian.

Burke was diagnosed with thyroid cancer in November of 2012 after a routine physical examination with her physician. Thyroid cancer affects the thyroid, a butterfly shaped gland located at the base of the neck. As in Burke’s case when the condition is caught early, there is a very high success rate with undergoing a traditional thyroidectomy or minimally invasive thyroidectomy. At the CENTER for Advanced Head & Neck Surgery in Los Angeles, Dr. Larian believes that the procedure’s minimally invasive counterpart is most often a viable option for nearly all sufferers of thyroid cancer and allows for an easier and quicker recovery time for patients, in addition to a less visible scar.

“Brooke Burke underwent a traditional thyroidectomy, meaning her surgeon most likely had to make a larger incision in her neck to remove the cancerous tumor. When a minimally invasive thyroidectomy is performed, the use of an endoscope allows me to make the incision much smaller. In fact, the scar that remains after the patient has healed is almost invisible,” said expert thyroid surgeon Dr. Larian.

As one of the leaders in his field, Dr. Larian offers minimally invasive thyroid surgery for his patients, meaning individuals undergoing the procedure will not experience as much tissue damage or bruising, and will have an easier recovery compared to a traditional thyroidectomy.

"Whenever a patient is a good candidate to undergo a minimally invasive thyroidectomy as opposed to a traditional thyroidectomy, that is often the procedure we choose. Before ever undergoing surgery, I perdonally perform an ultrasoound to make sure that I know exactly where the thyroid tumor is located, and what is the shape and size of it, in an effort to bring less tissue damage and a smoother procedure to my patients," said Dr. Larian.

Dr. Larian is a board certified head and neck surgeon with extensive training and knowledge in the treatment and management of various thyroid disorders through advanced minimally invasive surgical procedures. Upon receiving his medical degree from the well-respected University of California—Irvine, Dr. Larian completed a six-year residency program in otolaryngology and head and neck surgery at the University of California Los Angeles. Dr. Larian currently holds the prestigious title of Chief of Head & Neck Surgery at the highly regarded Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles.

For additional information regarding thyroid expert Dr. Larian or to schedule an appointment at the CENTER for Advanced Head & Neck Surgery in Beverly Hills, please call (310) 461-03100 or visit http://www.larianmd.com.

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