No more risk of damage to vocal cords in goiter surgeries!

Leyla Doğan, 58, living in Turkey, preferred the Near East University Hospital, which uses Intraoperative Nerve Monitoring (IOSM) technology to protect the vocal cords, to have goiter surgery.

In goiter surgeries, which is an easy, fast and low complication risk procedure, patients are more concerned about the damage to their vocal cords during the operation than the procedure itself. With the Intraoperative Nerve Monitoring (IOSM) system, which has been used for a long time at the Near East University Hospital, the nerves are monitored visually and audibly during the operation, preventing damage that may occur during the operation. This opportunity provided by the application allows patients to have their surgeries with peace of mind.

Leyla Doğan, 58, residing in Turkey, was recently diagnosed with multinodular goiter. Leyla Doğan, who came to the TRNC for treatment by choosing the Near East University Hospital due to its technological equipment and expert physician staff, was successfully operated.

Intraoperative Nerve Monitoring (IOSM) technology prevents permanent damage!
In recent years, intraoperative nerve monitoring has been used safely as a nerve-sparing technology not only in general surgery, but also in cardiovascular, neurosurgery, otolaryngology and orthopedic surgeries.

Thyroid (goiter) surgeries, which are performed by removing the nodule in the thyroid gland with a small incision on the neckline, are among the areas where this method is most used. Although it is an easy procedure with a low risk of complications, injuries can occur in the nerves that regulate the respiratory and vocal cords during operations that do not use technology. This situation causes loss of voice, speech disorder and permanent damage to breathing.

Near East University Hospital General Surgery Department Specialist Assist. Prof. Dr. Kalbim Arslan said, “The use of intraoperative nerve monitoring has become indispensable especially in patients with recurrent goiter, who have been operated on before but whose disease has recurred, and in thyroid cancer surgeries.”

Assist. Prof. Dr. Kalbim Arslan: “Nerves are controlled at various stages of the surgery, thus minimizing possible risks.”
Intraoperative Nerve Monitoring (IOSM) technology is also safely used by general surgery specialists at the Near East University Hospital to protect tissues close to the thyroid and vocal cords. The nerves are controlled at various phases of the surgery so that the patient can be saved from the problem of voice loss after the surgery. No special preparation is required before and after the surgery.

Assist. Prof. Dr. Kalbim Arslan commented on the Leyla Doğan’s surgery process; “A while ago, our patient was diagnosed with multinodular goiter in Turkey. Surgery was recommended for treatment. Ms. Leyla reached out to us while researching the center for surgery. We will have gained enough confidence that she preferred the Near East University Hospital for the surgery. With the support of Intraoperative Nerve Monitoring technology, we successfully performed total thyroidectomy, that is, complete removal of the thyroid gland, in our patient. We completed the operation in a short time, through which patient safety and comfort were provided at the highest level, and we restored our patient’s health. Our patient, who survived the post-operative period quite comfortably, was discharged in good health two days after the operation.”

Leyla Doğan: “I have confidence in the equipment and specialist physician staff of the Near East University Hospital.”
Leyla Doğan, who underwent a post-operative control examination, shared her experiences before and after the operation: “When I was told that I needed to have an operation, I started so make a search on the health centers. On the Internet, I spotted that the Near East University Hospital has the necessary technological equipment and experienced staff. I contacted immediately with the hospital. As a result of my meetings, I had confidence in the hospital and the physician staff. At the same time, since I am a patient of allergic asthma, I received short-term allergy treatment by chest diseases and otolaryngologists before surgery. Afterwards, my preparations for the operation were completed quickly. I got through the post-surgery process very easily. I got up and walked the same day. For the first few days, I did not have any problems with breathing or speaking, except for swallowing difficulties. I would like to thank the friendly and caring physician staff and support teams of the Near East University Hospital.”