Treatment methods

We get your thyroid gland back to its normal size.

Not every enlarged thyroid gland needs to be treated. However, if an enlarged thyroid gland causes local discomfort, it should be treated. Unfortunately, there is no drug therapy available to reduce the size of the thyroid gland.

Conservative treatment methods

Non-surgical therapies for thyroid gland enlargement

In certain cases, individual nodes can be destroyed with heat. This scar-free method is under development and is only suitable in special cases.

How to prevent goitre

    The best prevention is an adequate intake of iodine-containing foods. In order to cover your iodine requirements, you should eat iodine-containing foods at least once, but ideally twice, a week. Plenty of iodine is contained in marine fish such as cod and salmon, or seafood such as mussels, lobsters and shrimp. Iodised salt or iodine-enriched foods, such as bread and sausages, are also suitable.

The World Health Organisation (WHO) recommendations:
  • Teenagers and adults: 200 micrograms of iodine per day
  • Pregnant and breastfeeding women: 260 micrograms per day 
  • Children under six years: 100 to 120 micrograms per day
  • Schoolchildren: 140 to 200 micrograms per day

Surgical treatment methods

Surgical treatment for thyroid enlargement

In the case of large, disruptive thyroid gland enlargements and/or the suspicion of malignant neoplasm already present, we will treat you as part of surgical treatment. We remove one or, if necessary, both halves of the thyroid gland.