|Authors||Balentine CJ, Sippel RS|
|Journal||Surg. Oncol. Clin. N. Am. Volume: 25 Issue: 1 Pages: 61-75|
|Publish Date||2016 Jan|
Outpatient thyroid surgery is controversial because of concerns over life-threatening cervical hematoma. Despite this concern, outpatient thyroidectomy is becoming increasingly common, especially among high-volume endocrine surgeons. Multiple studies have now demonstrated that careful patient selection combined with surgeon experience can result in successful and safe surgery without a full inpatient admission. This article reviews the data on safety and outcomes for outpatient thyroidectomy and discusses several techniques used to minimize risk to patients.