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Thyroidectomy in Turkey

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Thyroidectomy surgery is a type of procedure in which the thyroid gland is removed, either totally or partially. The procedure is usually

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Koc Healthcare Institutions

Istanbul, Turkey
1 review
JCI - Joint Commission International
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Ethica Incirli Hospital

Istanbul, Turkey
19 reviews
TTB - Turkish Medical Association
FROM€ 3,645
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Medical Park Antalya Hospital

Antalya, Turkey
11 reviews
JCI - Joint Commission International EMBT - European Group for Blood and Marrow Transplantation ISCT - International Society for Cellular Therapy
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Medipol Mega University Hospital

Istanbul, Turkey
8 reviews
JCI - Joint Commission International
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Ekol Hospital Izmir

İzmir, Turkey
ISO 9001:2000 - International Organization for Standardization ISO 14001 - International Organization for Standardization OHSAS 18001 - Occupational Health & Safety Advisory Services
FROM€ 3,500
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Medical Park Bahcelievler Hospital

Istanbul, Turkey
JCI - Joint Commission International EMBT - European Group for Blood and Marrow Transplantation ISCT - International Society for Cellular Therapy
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Florence Nightingale Istanbul

Istanbul, Turkey
6 reviews
JCI - Joint Commission International ISO 9001:2000 - International Organization for Standardization TÜV SÜD - Technical Control Unit
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Kent Hospital

İzmir, Turkey
JCI - Joint Commission International
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Medical Park Goztepe Hospital

Istanbul, Turkey
3 reviews
JCI - Joint Commission International EMBT - European Group for Blood and Marrow Transplantation ISCT - International Society for Cellular Therapy
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Acibadem Maslak Hospital

Istanbul, Turkey
10 reviews
JCI - Joint Commission International ISO 9001:2008 - International Organization for Standardization
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Optimed Hospital

Tekirdağ, Turkey
ISO 9001:2008 - International Organization for Standardization
FROM€ 2,400
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Medical Park Ankara Hospital

Ankara, Turkey
4 reviews
JCI - Joint Commission International EMBT - European Group for Blood and Marrow Transplantation ISCT - International Society for Cellular Therapy
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Acibadem Bodrum Hospital

Muğla, Turkey
5 reviews
JCI - Joint Commission International ISO 9001:2008 - International Organization for Standardization
FROM€ 6,000
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Thyroidectomy Cost in Turkey

Cheapest Thyroidectomy price in Turkey is € 2,400. Average Thyroidectomy cost in Turkey is € 3,886 where prices can go as high as € 6,000.

With FlyMedi, you can connect with 13 General Surgery centers in Turkey that are offering Thyroidectomy procedures. These General Surgery centers are accredited by international standard-setting bodies including JCI and ISCT. Popular Thyroidectomy destinations in Turkey include Istanbul, İzmir and Muğla.

Prices listed on this page are the average price for Thyroidectomy. Clinics may require more details regarding your medical condition in order to provide you with a personalized Thyroidectomy quote. For a more accurate Thyroidectomy price quote, please click HERE.


Turkey is a treasure trove of traditions, spices, street food delights and destinations for any intrepid tourist. It’s a mix between the familiar and the exotic, ranging from the bustling streets of Istanbul to the serene and relaxed Roman ruins spread around Turkey’s Western and Southern coast. Turkey is a fairly large country with 75 million inhabitants. The country spreads between Europe and Asia, with 97% of the country on the Asian side – Asian Turkey. Turkey is encircled and enjoys access to three different seas: The Black Sea, The Aegean Sea and the Mediterranean. Istanbul is the largest city in Turkey and the largest city in Europe, regarding population – It has over 14 million people.


Turkey’s medical infrastructure has improved greatly beginning with the early 2000s and now is one of the biggest medical tourism hubs in Europe and Asia. Turkey has the largest number of JCI-accredited hospitals, second only to the USA and hospitals are more often than not part of international healthcare groups, following strict European protocols and regulations. Turkey has 28.000 medical institutions spread across the European and Asian side but some of the biggest private hospitals and medical centres are in Istanbul, Ankara, Antalya and Bodrum – these also happen to be some of the best tourist destinations in Turkey.

Sights to See

Bodrum is one of the most popular tourist destinations in Turkey, with its sandy beaches and small streets littered with traditional shops and elegant restaurants. The town used to be called Halicarnassus, and the Mausoleum at Halicarnassus is one of the World’s Seven Ancient Wonders. Bodrum also features a castle built by the crusaders in the 15th century.

Istanbul is the home of several architectural treasures, including the Blue Mosque. The Blue Mosque was built on the orders of Sultan Ahmed between 1609 and 1616 and the Sultan’s body still resides within the mosque. The high ceiling is lined with more than 20000 handmade ceramic tiles, hence the name – The Blue Mosque.

Pamukkale, meaning “The Cotton Castle” in Turkish is a surreal destination in the country’s western region of Denizli, world renowned for its white terraces with warm spring water. The ancient Greek city of Hierapolis was built over the springs and Pamukkale was a renowned destination in antiquity as well. Tourists can visit the ancient Roman and Greek ruins of the baths, temples and theatres dating to the second century BC.

Things to Know

● If you don’t feel like waiting in a queue, you can get a VISA for Turkey online. The VISA usually costs around $20 for US travellers.

● Turkey’s population is predominantly Islamic so it’s a good idea to wear a headscarf while visiting mosques. Shorts or any other garments that fit under the knee are not prohibited by law but it’s considered good etiquette not to wear shorts for men or short skirts for women.

● You can change any sort of currency into the Turkish Lira – the Turkish currency just about everywhere. Most supermarkets and shops also accept credit cards.

● Roaming fees in Turkey can be somewhat expensive, so it’s a good idea to simply buy a new Turkish SIM card and use it while staying in Turkey.

● Turkey’s international calling code is +90.

● Electrical installations usually operate on 220 volts, 50 Hz and use European style plugs and European style sockets. Four and Five star hotels usually provide North American - 120 volts, 60 Hz sockets as well.

● Driving in Turkey can be a hassle sometimes, but very pleasurable at other times. Roads are usually in good shape and some roads actually lack traffic, so it can be a relaxing experience. In Turkey, people drive on the right, so that’s a detail you will need to keep in mind. In some areas, villagers made cardboard and marker pen signs in order to help lost tourist on their way.

● Renting a car in Turkey is quite simple and cheap. If you have the budget for a full insurance, you should definitely take it – if anything happens, at least you won’t have to worry about money.

● The Turkish Airlines Company, THY offers destinations to just about anywhere in the world with a total of 261 destinations. The company was founded in 1933 and features 285 passenger and cargo planes.

● Turkey uses the metric system which is easy enough to understand – 1 Km = 1000 meters, 1 Kg = 1000 grams, and so on. One mile equals 1.60 Km.

● Turkish people are warm and very hospitable - It is customary for people to hug and kiss both cheeks regardless of their gender.

● Turkish street food is very diverse, from the simple bagel-type snack Simit to the familiar pizza-type Lahmacun, there are tons of variants to just about anything. 

● Turkish coffee is world renowned, but it’s also a bit different than say, its American counterpart -  It is usually a strong coffee with a rich aroma, served very hot from a small traditional cup. Be careful not to drink any of the coffee grounds still in the cup.

● Turkish delight, as the name suggests, can be a really sweet delight for tourists. It is made from sugar, starch and just about any fruit or aroma imaginable, including walnuts, hazelnuts, pistachios, dates, lemon, orange, rosewater and many others. Turkish delight is usually served with coffee and it became popular all around the world, including in the Balkans region and as far as Brazil and North America.

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Thyroidectomy surgery is a type of procedure in which the thyroid gland is removed, either totally or partially. The procedure is usually performed on patients suffering from goiter, hyperthyroidism or thyroid cancer.

The thyroid produces many of the hormones found in the human body, including calcitonin, triiodothyronine and thyroxine. The thyroid gland is located at the base of the patient’s neck. Some patients may turn to a thyroidectomy procedure when the thyroid becomes enlarged, causing difficulty in breathing or swallowing.

There are six types of thyroidectomy surgery but the most common are:

● Partial thyroidectomy surgery – only a part of the thyroid gland is removed, specifically the part of the gland that is located right in front of the trachea
● Near total thyroidectomy surgery – both lobes of the thyroid gland are removed, apart from a very small amount of thyroid tissue
Total thyroidectomy surgery – the entire gland is removed during this procedure

The type of thyroidectomy procedure performed depends heavily on the disease the patient suffers from. If the procedure is performed for aesthetic or cosmetic reasons, a partial thyroidectomy procedure is more likely to be sufficient.

Thyroidectomy Candidates

A thyroidectomy procedure is recommended for patients suffering from one or more of the following health problems:

● Thyroid cancer – This is one of the most common reasons why patients turn to a thyroidectomy procedure. Patients suffering from thyroid cancer will have their thyroid glands partly or fully removed during the thyroidectomy procedure.
● Goiter
● Hyperthyroidism – This condition causes the thyroid to produce more thyroxine than normal. A total thyroidectomy procedure is often performed to treat this condition.

Am I Suitable for Thyroidectomy?

A thyroidectomy procedure is not recommended for patients who can benefit from other, less invasive forms of treatment such as anti thyroid drugs or radioactive iodine therapy. Pregnant women may need to wait until the second or third trimester before undergoing a thyroidectomy procedure. Exceptions include aggressive forms of cancer and extreme difficulty breathing.

Preparing for Thyroidectomy

Patients will be required to have a thyroid ultrasound before thyroidectomy surgery. Other necessary tests include a CT scan, blood tests and an evaluation of the patient’s vocal cord function.

How is Thyroidectomy Performed?

General anaesthesia is first administered to the patient. The patient’s vital signs are monitored throughout the thyroidectomy procedure.

There are three different techniques which can be used for thyroidectomy surgery:

● Conventional thyroidectomy: A collar incision is created above the sternal notch. The incision is created in the natural creases of the skin. Most incisions are between 6 and 8 cm in length.
● Robotic thyroidectomy: Incisions can be created in the armpit, neck or chest.
● Endoscopic thyroidectomy: Smaller incisions are created in the neck at short distances from each other.

Once the necessary incision or incisions are created, the surgeon will begin removing all or part of the thyroid gland. Lymph nodes close to the thyroid gland may also be removed at this point. The procedure itself takes several hours. The area is then sutured and bandaged. The patient will be required to spend a night in hospital, under medical supervision.

Thyroidectomy Summary


General anesthetic

Back to Work

10 days

Hospital Stay

Patient is required to stay 1 night in the hospital

Back to Sports

2 weeks

Thyroidectomy Recovery

Most patients return to normal activities in 10 days after the thyroidectomy procedure. Some restrictions may apply during this period – the surgeon will provide you with specific guidelines. Pain, discomfort and a very weak voice are to be expected after the surgery.

Thyroidectomy Risks and Complications

The following risks and complications are associated with a thyroidectomy procedure:

● Permanent changes in voice
● Infection – around 2% chance
● Bleeding
● Airway obstruction
● Permanent low calcium levels
● Permanent need for thyroid hormone replacement drugs – around 50% chance

Thyroidectomy Side Effects

Thyroidectomy surgery side effects can include:

● Bleeding
● Pain in the neck
● Swelling around the incision site
● Temporary weak voice

Thyroidectomy Success Rates

The procedure’s success rate depends on the type of cancer being treated and its spread. If the procedure is performed due to cosmetic reasons, the success rate is in the high 90s.

Before and After Thyroidectomy

Once the thyroidectomy procedure is performed, patients will be required to take thyroid hormone replacement drugs. If the patient suffered from thyroid cancer, radioactive iodine therapy may be needed after the thyroidectomy procedure.

Thyroidectomy FAQ

– When can I resume sports after the thyroidectomy procedure?
In around 2 weeks patients can resume vigorous sports or activities.

– When can I return to work after thyroidectomy surgery?
Most patients return to work in around 10 days.

– What are the chances of having permanent low calcium levels after the thyroidectomy procedure?
The risk is lower than 1%.