CC BY-NC-ND 4.0 · Int Arch Otorhinolaryngol
DOI: 10.1055/s-0042-1758714
Original Research

Unilateral Thyroid Lobectomy as Day Care Procedure: A Cross Sectional Study with Literature Review on the Safety and Cost Effectiveness

Sohail Awan
Ambreen Unar


Introduction Thyroid nodules are common globally in almost one fifth of the adult population. The gold standard treatment for thyroid nodule is thyroid lobectomy or total thyroidectomy depending upon the diagnosis. Thyroidectomy has a few known complications but, as per the ATA consensus statement, it is a safe surgery to be done as a day care procedure.

Objective To access the feasibility and safety of thyroid lobectomy as a day care surgery and its effect on decreasing overall financial burdens.

Methods This retrospective chart review was done from 2006 to 2022. A total of 736 patients underwent thyroid lobectomy among which only 56 were done as day care surgery. Data analysis was done using the IBM SPSS Statistics for Windows, Version 23.0 (IBM Corp., Armonk, NY, USA).

Results A total of 40% of the population was male. The mean age of the study population was 42 years. Bethesda II was the most encountered diagnosis, with a rate of 69%. The majority of patients were discharged after 6 hours of postoperative observation. The only complication encountered was seroma, which was seen in two patients.

Conclusion Thyroid lobectomy appears to be a safe procedure with a drastic difference in overall cost as a day care procedure. We recommend switching the practice of inpatient thyroid lobectomy to a day care procedure in carefully selected candidates. The major hurdle in day care lobectomy can be approval from insurance.

Compliance with Ethical Standards

Research Involving Human Participants and/or Animals

Neither human participants nor animals were involved in this review.

Informed Consent

Consent was not needed as there was no interaction with patients. Institutional Ethical Approval was obtained.

Publication History

Received: 28 May 2022

Accepted: 12 September 2022

Article published online:
16 May 2023

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