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What you should know about thyroid surgeries

Planning for surgery for benign thyroid disease / thyroid cancer

Instructions on how to become a patient at the Stavros Tsirigotakis Thyroid Surgery Center. Join our family and get your benign thyroid disease or thyroid cancer surgery done by the most skilled and best doctors in thyroid surgery.

Thyroid surgery and cervical lymph node dissection for thyroid cancer are both safe and we can assure you that you will not suffer – How to become our patient.

Thyroid surgery and cervical lymph node dissection for thyroid cancer can be a difficult or even quite difficult operation. However, our Stavros Tsirigotakis Thyroid Surgery Center deals exclusively with this, which is why our Center is unique! We have the most excellent team

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The Stavros Tsirigotakis Thyroid Surgery Center is a leading thyroid surgery center with highly experienced doctors and is dedicated to thyroid and parathyroid gland surgery. We perform all types of operations whether it is benign disease or thyroid cancer, even the most complex ones. Here we specialize and exclusively deal with only these thyroid and parathyroid operations and do not perform any other operations.

All thyroid and parathyroid surgeries are performed by Stavros Tsirigotakis himself and his two colleagues, who are among the most experienced thyroid surgeons. Our Center has three experienced thyroid surgeons in every operation. Stavros Tsirigotakis and his colleagues are truly one of the few surgeons who limit their surgical activity to thyroid and parathyroid gland operations only. This is done for both benign conditions and thyroid cancer. Thyroid Surgeon Stavros Tsirigotakis has been performing these thyroid cancer related operations for over 20 years. In the beginning, he performed these operations at the Eugenide Hospital and the Bioclinic Piraeus, while in recent years he has been performing them at the Iasso Hospital. Many of our patients have a recurrence of thyroid cancer, or an incomplete operation after having previously been operated on elsewhere by other surgeons, or come to us because other surgeons are not taking them.

Our surgeons do not deal with diseases of the breast, gall bladder or hernias. We do not treat other types of head and neck cancer. This is not because they are not familiar with this type of operation, but because they are dedicated to this delicate and demanding surgery and we deal with it continuously and expertly only.

Due to our experience, at our Thyroid Surgery Center, patients come from all over Greece and from other countries, to safely perform thyroid surgery here or to be cured of their thyroid cancer. Patients who have benign disease or thyroid cancer that has not spread to the lymph nodes in the neck undergo a surgery that takes about 60 minutes and are discharged the next day, less than 24 hours after their surgery. For those who we need to perform in addition to total thyroidectomy and central and lateral lymph node cleansing, the operation lasts up to 3 and a half hours and many times they can also be discharged 24 hours after the operation, if this does not happen then they will leave the Hospital the next day.

It is important to know that we do not have student or resident surgeons performing thyroid surgeries (this is very important for you). There is no way that thyroid surgery can be performed with this quality, if it is done by a surgeon who is in his training stage. Click here to read more about Thyroid surgeon Stavros Tsirigotakis.

If you don’t live in Athens we will help you arrange all the procedures for your stay here except your tickets. Usually, a patient can return to his place of residence after 2 days.

Most insurance companies do not require pre-approval to be admitted to our Centre, but if necessary we can arrange that as well. If you are being followed by an endocrinologist, that is great, and Thyroid Surgeon Stavros Tsirigotakis can speak with them if you wish, both before and after your surgery. When you leave our Center and if you wish, we can share with the doctor who attended you all the tests, the results, the surgical findings of the operation, the histology report and any additional information. Your meeting with Thyroid Surgeon Stavros Tsirigotakis, your pre-operative check-up and your surgery can be done in one day. The only condition is that you have contacted us so that we can arrange everything before you come to Athens.

Click here to read what patients are saying about surgery by Thyroid Surgeon Stavros Tsirigotakis at the Thyroid Surgery Center.

Testimony of our patient, from Chios, Ms. Olga Voudouri, who underwent total radical thyroidectomy:

The recent total thyroidectomy to which I recently underwent from the “golden” hands of Mr. Stavros Tsirigotakis, dictates the need to describe my personal experience to you. But first of all let me talk to you about the great Doctor and also the special Human being that I had the good fortune to meet. From the first meeting with him, he cultivated a feeling of trust and security in me. The calm way in which he approaches you captivates you but also makes you feel safe, explaining every detail about your thyroid.

This security that Mr. Tsirigotakis cultivated in me accompanied me throughout the ritual of my thyroidectomy and will accompany me from here on out forever, feeling confident that it exists. It would be a big omission on my part, not to mention the humanitarian approach of Mrs. Lemonis, assistant to Mr. Tsirigotakis, whose smile of life I saw for the first time when I opened my eyes from anesthesia. I thank her very much and keep her smile in my heart and mind. The postoperative stage was very easy, i.e. I woke up, breathed, talked and after a few hours I ate. On the second day of my stay at IASO, and after the Doctor determined that I was very well, he allowed me to return to my home. Many thanks, Doctor, and I hope that God will always keep you well “for the sake of the health of us all”.

When you go home, you don’t need to make any changes to your wound or remove stitches (what we put in is absorbable and goes away on its own). You can shower and return to usual and normal activities the next day. We will give you written instructions and send your test results directly to any doctor you suggest. We will contact your attending physician directly and, if you wish, we will send him detailed information about your thyroid surgery and your histological examination approximately 15 days after the surgery. Your doctors will also receive a personal letter describing exactly what happened during the surgery and during your hospital stay.

Best of all, of course, is that most thyroid cancer surgeries performed by our team, at least in the early stages, have a cure rate of nearly 99%, the chance of complications is extremely low (much less than 1%), the incision is usually very small (usually about 3 cm) and in about 2 months it is difficult to distinguish, but also the postoperative pain is almost non-existent (usually there is a discomfort that lasts only a few hours). This is also the reason why we do not prescribe you painkillers since you do not really need them. There may be some discomfort in the neck and this is due to the position you will have during the surgery. In elderly patients, we do not usually extend the head because we know that someone may suffer from cervical syndrome.

All of our patients undergo exactly only the surgery they need which is individualized to the specific patient. This can be a minimally invasive thyroidectomy with an incision about 2.5-3 centimeters long. It can also be a surgery to remove thyroid cancer that has spread to the side lymph nodes in the neck. The extent of the operation as well as the type of your surgery is always planned in advance based on the evaluation of the findings we have from your examinations. This can rarely be changed and this will only be done if there are other findings during surgery. What we do is truly individualized for each of our patients and that is the right surgery for you and your thyroid cancer treatment.

STATISTICS 03/10/2019

  • Early stage thyroid cancer cure rate 98.8%
  • Average total thyroidectomy operation time – 55 minutes (total time from the time the incision is made until the wound is sutured)
  • Average wound length (average for ALL including obese patients) – 4 cm
  • Average amount of blood loss during surgery – not even 20ml (virtually nothing).
  • How often do our surgeons perform a reoperation because a patient has had an incomplete operation elsewhere – unfortunately this is not uncommon. Several of our surgeries are reoperations.
  • How often do we use anesthesiologists who are sub-specialists – NEVER.
  • How often do we have a specialist surgeon do part or all of your surgery – NEVER
  • How often do we operate on people over 70 – almost every week.
  • How often do patients send us flowers and sweets – VERY OFTEN!
  • The number of patients who come from outside Attica is about 20% of our patients.

How to do your surgery, at the Stavros Tsirigotakis Thyroid Surgery Center, at Iasso Hospital

In 2020, IASO Hospital received the unique distinction of Top Hospital, as well as 8 more awards for the innovation and vanguard of medical care and the services provided, for the integrated communication program as well as the Corporate Social Responsibility program “Next to you”.

We accept almost every public insurance fund as well as almost all private insurances for the cost of your surgery. Hospital expenses, hospitalizations, tests, anesthesia expenses, etc. can be covered by almost all insurance companies at a rate provided by the respective contract.

How much does it cost? If you are able to come to Athens at the Stavros Tsirigotakis Thyroid Surgery Center for your pre-operative check-up by our team of experts before scheduling your surgery, there is no additional cost to you apart from the overall financial package. There are no hidden or additional costs from our experts at our Center. If you need thyroid surgery, you will know your costs before any surgery is best for you.

Consult us for a second opinion. For all our patients, we offer a program that allows you to consult the specialists of our Center through a doctor from the comfort of your home. You will need to have access to Skype or Zoom to take advantage of this second opinion download.

This will give you unparalleled access to the most experienced thyroid surgeons. You may not have thyroid cancer, but if you need thyroid surgery, you want the most experienced and skilled thyroid surgeons, and at our Center you will have them at your disposal. Few surgeons know surgical thyroid diseases like we do. Your information will be gathered and organized by our doctors and then our Center Director Stavros Tsirigotakis or one of our Center’s specialist surgeons will talk with you over the internet about your thyroid problem, as is done with many other patients we have seen and cared for over 20 years. Our surgeons have unparalleled experience in this disease and can help you and have been doing so for years.

If you have no income or are indigent, please let us know immediately. We never want money to be the only reason you are not receiving the best care. Let us know!

It is important to know if your insurance pays for a second opinion consultation. This fee covers the organization of your tests, analysis of cytological and genetic information, review of diagnostic imaging tests and consultation with our specialists. NOTE: if you have no income or are indigent you can declare it to us from the beginning. We don’t want money to be an obstacle to getting a responsible and expert opinion about your health from our doctors.

Patients from other countries / and uninsured patients

We operate on patients who come to us from abroad. We have operated on patients from Cyprus, Albania, Bulgaria, Lebanon, France, India, USA, Australia and elsewhere. The total cost if you do not have any insurance and have to pay the full amount for a thyroid operation yourself, is very affordable. We do not publish our price schedule, but you can email Thyroid Surgeon Stavros Tsirigotakis at [email protected] and he will contact you directly as soon as he has a picture of your disease. The price will include the consultation fee, chart preparation, surgeons fee, anesthesia, anesthesiologist, hospital, laboratory tests, operating room, operating room team and generally all your expenses. Everything will be included in this price which will be communicated to you except for travel and hotel. This cost is incredibly affordable and is truly a fraction of the cost of any other thyroid surgery center. You should also know that you will be cared for in a way that you never dreamed possible! We will quote you a cost for everything and that is about 50% of what this operation would cost you at most other hospitals. The reason why our costs are so low is mainly because of our results that come from the repeated operation that we perform several times a day. This cost-effectiveness is passed directly to our patients. There are no hidden charges and importantly no financial surprises. If you need to undergo surgery for benign thyroid disease or for thyroid cancer that requires the removal of the entire thyroid gland, there is a certain cost. If your thyroid cancer has spread to the lateral lymph nodes in your neck, or you have had another operation for thyroid cancer and were not cured, the cost is slightly higher (depending on the extent and locations of the disease). The only thing not included when we quote a total cost is the cost of a PET / CT scan, if one is needed.

Waiting lists – When can you have surgery from the most experienced thyroid cancer surgeons?

The Director of the Thyroid Surgery Center Stavros Tsirigotakis and his colleagues perform thyroid surgeries 6 days a week. It takes about 3-5 days to complete your test review (maybe a little longer if you’ve already had a failed thyroid cancer operation). The entire process from the moment of submitting the online form to the in-person assessment until the day of the surgery usually takes about 2 weeks. Of course, there are also some exceptions to get in earlier to be operated on. Stavros Tsirigotakis will see in a day or so any patient with anaplastic, poorly differentiated thyroid cancer or a patient who has vocal cord paralysis due to thyroid cancer.


NOTE: We prefer email communication whenever possible.

  • 1. Fill out our secure new patient form. The form is completely secure (no one can see your information)

Our new patient form will ask you the most important questions about your thyroid disease and other common questions. The form also has a place for your insurance (if you have insurance). Just fill it in and hit the ‘Submit’ button.

You do not need any referral. We prefer that you have an endocrinologist following you, but if you don’t have one and you need a pre-approval opinion we will provide it.

  • 2. Submit your exams online. Specifically TSH, T3, T4, antibodies (if calcitonin and Tg present), thyroid ultrasound, puncture/cytology results, ultrasound, CT scan, etc.
  • 3. Our patient coordinator will contact you by phone to meet you within a day or two after we receive your online form and tell you what else is needed.
  • 4. Prepare to get your second opinion with Thyroid Surgeon Stavros Tsirigotakis. We will arrange for you to have a chat with him, you will discuss your thyroid problem, the surgery you need, your problems related to thyroid cancer, your assessment and he will answer any questions he may have to have.

Phone: 6986989220

Address for sending items by mail:

[email protected]

Office address:

Ipsiladou 43 & Marasli, Athens

Remember, the procedures are performed in the Thyroid Surgery Department at Iasso Hospital and not in our office. Patients outside Attica do not come to the office, but meet the doctors at the hospital on the morning of the operation or the day before the operation.

What we need to achieve before your thyroid surgery

  • 5. What we are trying to achieve is a complete evaluation of your thyroid problem and planning the best treatment for you. If any additional testing is needed, don’t worry, we will perform it here at our Center. The only reason we recommend this procedure is so that you don’t waste your valuable time.

What we need from you!

To confirm that you have a surgical thyroid problem (thyroid tumor, thyroid cancer, neck lymph node metastasis, hyperthyroidism) and that an operation is solely in your best interest (very high chance of cure + very low chance of complications = successful surgery operation), then we need some of your medical tests which we ask you to send us. This shouldn’t be too difficult and can usually be done over the phone.

Create a list of your current medications. We will ask you to enter this list in our online form. It’s easy!

  • 6. First we will choose the day for your surgery and then make the travel arrangements. Our staff will help you decide which day will be the best for you to come to Athens and book your surgery at that time. Thyroid Surgeon Stavros Tsirigotakis works as a team on all patients and usually operates 6 days a week. You should arrive in Athens one day before surgery and almost all patients can leave the day after surgery. If you live outside of Athens, please stay in Athens for at least 48 hours after the operation. We have agreements with local hotels where you can stay the night before and after your discharge. It is usually best to arrive in Athens on the morning of the day before the operation. We have our own center in the hospital where you will be surrounded by people with the same problem as you. We will welcome you, meet with Stavros Tsirigotakis to discuss your problem, explain your treatment options, have your pre-operative check-up and then meet with your thyroid surgeon Stavros Tsirigotakis once more and get to know the rest of the team. On the day of your operation you will come in the morning without having eaten or drunk anything, you will be taken to the operating theater where your operation will take place, then you will be taken to the recovery room for about 1.5 hours and Stavros Tsirigotakis and his colleagues will be next to you, then you will stay in your room in comfortable and pleasant surroundings for a night. This is.
  • 7. The day before surgery you will usually undergo a high definition ultrasound for a complete analysis of your thyroid gland and your entire neck !! This high-resolution scan will provide a very good picture of the location of your thyroid tumor and/or the appearance of lymph nodes throughout your neck
  • NOTE: Stavros Tsirigotakis performs all of his own surgeries and we never use walk-in surgeons or interns learning to operate. We emphasize again, we do not have qualified surgeons or anesthetists to perform the operations. We also do not use resident anesthesiologists. There is no one here to “learn” your operation. This is very important to you.
  • 8. On the day of the operation, you will enjoy “our care and high standard accommodation” with comforts in our hospital environment. We prefer that you return home after 48 hours of your surgery.
  • 9. What if I have problems? Who am I addressing? you can call Stavros Tsirigotakis himself or one of the rou partners. We are all here for you! What if I have problems …. this is a common fear, but let’s face it, if we had patients with problems after surgery with any frequency, we wouldn’t be able to do what we’ve been doing for over 20 years. People have been traveling to be operated on by Thyroid Surgeon Stavros Tsirigotakis from all over Greece for many years and this same approach has worked and continues to work. We are very good at what we do and will make sure you get the best possible care and that your safety is our highest priority. Our biggest rule is “Your endocrinologist or doctors will get a full information note and a copy of your histology and if they want a picture of your thyroid. Yes, if you want we can even send them a picture of your surgery preparation! You can also get one if you wish! All your doctors will also receive a personal letter describing what was found and what was done. The bottom line is this: We’ve done so many of these surgeries which has become a very simple procedure. We have made the Center very simple for us and for our patients. But make no mistake! Removing your thyroid is NOT A SIMPLE SURGERY that can or should be performed by someone who not experienced and skilled!Only the very experienced and skilled should perform thyroid surgeries.


Why do we continue to highlight the speed of our thyroid and lymph node cleansing surgeries?

Speed in operations is an achievement but not our goal. Notice here there is an important difference….We are not in a hurry…we are fast! First of all…running an operation quickly is dumb if the operation is not successful. The most important issue in surgery is safety, so always look at a surgeon’s complication rates and success rates. If success rates are very high and complication rates are very low, then speed is the next most important factor. Speed is a function of repetition, the frequency with which the surgeon performs an operation and also his skill. The more often someone does something, the better and faster they will do it. This is something that applies to everything. Just, it’s that simple.

Time of surgery

Is the duration of surgery important?

DEFINITELY YES. Better results are almost always seen in shorter surgeries.

However, the relationship between shorter surgery and better outcomes is complex. Are the better results a result of a shorter operative time, or is the shorter time a result of a simpler, less unpredictable procedure? The answer is both. Less operative time certainly translates into fewer complications due to the effect of time itself. Shorter time means:

  • Less exposure to the administration of anesthetic drugs and therefore fewer problems such as nausea, delayed bowel, bladder, etc.
  • Less time for the patient in the operating room and also in the ward bed, translates into less chances of thrombophlebitis, less neuropathies due to position, etc.
  • Less time with an open wound, leading to fewer infections, etc.

Speed in surgery should be the achievement, not the goal of every surgeon.

Speed in surgery is the fruit of good technique, the efficiency of the surgeon’s subtle movements and the lack of complications. But the desire for speed should not encourage risk-taking and shortening the operation time that leads to poor surgery, longer surgery and more complications.

A study of about 100,000 surgeries was done. It was found that longer operating times were associated with an increased risk of respiratory, urinary tract infections, surgical site infections, venous thrombosis, renal failure, etc. A total of 116 per 1,000 additional adverse outcomes were associated with each additional hour of surgery. In comparison, the faster operations had the lowest rate of negative results.

Of course, a faster surgery is a result of factors that naturally lead to shorter surgeries and produce better results anyway, such as:

  • More skilled surgeon performing better surgery.
  • More experienced surgeon who has repeatedly faced difficult situations and seen a wide range of cases
  • Easier cases that will naturally take less time and have less chance of complications.

This last point is cited as the reason why surgery is done faster or delayed by a surgeon who has a difficult case (“The patient was difficult…”) or if a surgeon is consistently slow then it is because all the His patients are difficult. While there is obviously some truth in this, yet it is never the fault of the patient if his case is unusual.

Much importance is given today to minimally invasive surgery as a means of reducing complications. However, the duration of surgery is often more important than the route of surgery. If minimally invasive procedures take much longer than classical procedures then a patient may benefit more from a classical procedure.

It is therefore easy to see how important the duration of the surgery is.

So, how long will thyroid surgery take?

Stavros Tsirigotakis, Thyroid Surgeon: It will take as little time as possible to complete the operation safely and successfully. I need about 60 minutes on average. Therefore, you should always ask your surgeon, “Doctor, how long does my surgery take?” You will understand a lot from the answer you get.

Quick procedures have less damage and less injury which means less pain and less blood loss. The surgeon who is familiar with an operation, the experienced and specialized one quickly recognizes the anatomical elements and has no unknown points, if he is both skilled and charismatic he greatly reduces the time and at the same time reduces in this way the possibility of complications and damage to other organs of the neck, such as nerves and blood vessels; Quick procedures require less anesthesia medication. People suffer much less and are able to recover and get on with their lives much faster after a safe operation performed by an experienced and talented surgeon. The shorter operation time is much better tolerated by patients. The best surgeons are often the fastest … but not always! When choosing your surgeon – no matter who it is – you should always focus on what’s most important…success rates and complication rates. You will usually find that the best and most experienced surgeons have all three: Very high success rates, extremely few complications, and speed. The result in thyroid operations is easily demonstrated after surgery. See the residue and also the histological examination…..

We do not say quick operation and a large incision, nor speed and a large thyroid remnant, nor a short operation time and few lymph nodes in the histology.

We mean a minimal incision, almost zero thyroid residue, a large number of removed lymph nodes and a short operation time. These are all combined together in thyroid operations and are then shown by test results.

But if thyroid surgery were an easy surgery, we wouldn’t be seeing patients treated for severed speech nerves, and we wouldn’t be seeing patients who had their parathyroid glands that regulate calcium in the body accidentally removed. That doesn’t mean there aren’t great surgeons at some Centers, it just means you have to choose your surgeon very wisely – a surgeon who performs thyroid cancer surgery several times a week. If thyroid surgery was easy for any surgeon, there would be no need for anyone to travel to Athens for Stavros Tsirigotakis to have his surgery. If thyroid surgery was easy, doctors from other places would not come to remove their thyroid or their wife’s or daughter’s thyroid at our Center by Stavros Tsirigotakis. However, thyroid cancer surgery is easy for someone firstly if they are in love with this surgery and secondly if they perform it every day. Thyroid surgery and lymph node cleansing are NOT easy procedures for someone who does it once every two weeks. We ask that you choose wisely and wisely a surgeon who performs thyroid surgery a few times a week. Don’t let someone have a total thyroidectomy or cervical lymphadenectomy if they have these procedures done occasionally.

When you talk to Thyroid Surgeon Stavros Tsirigotakis, he will always tell you, “Don’t worry, everything will be fine, for anyone who performs these procedures all the time…it’s not difficult. This is actually something we’ve done many times before!”.

When you come to us, you will have a one-on-one meeting with Thyroid Surgeon Stavros Tsirigotakis. He will examine you, see the high-resolution ultrasound, evaluate your condition since he will have all the details about your thyroid gland and also your neck lymph nodes. He will explain all the treatment options you have and together you will decide on the type of surgery you should have. After your surgery, your relatives will be informed about the successful operation. Thyroid surgeon Stavros Tsirigotakis will visit you several times in the recovery room and later in your ward, where he will explain the findings from your surgery. In a few hours you will be fed, you will be able to walk in the hospital garden and the next day after the necessary blood tests are done, you will be discharged.