The prevention of complications, both immediate and remote, following thyroidectomy is a subject of extreme importance to those interested in thyroid surgery. The statistical study of operative records reveals the number of patients who were successfully operated on, but it tells nothing of the patients whose lives perhaps hung in the balance for hours or days. An error in judgment either at the operating table or later may be responsible for the development of complications that greatly alter mortality statistics. Although such a mistake may not result in the death of the patient, it may change his whole future health and welfare.
In perhaps no field of surgery are complications more prone to develop than following operations on the thyroid. This is so true that there are few surgeons who have not experienced most of the unfortunate sequelae at some time during their careers. It has been my misfortune to
JACKSON AS. THE PREVENTION OF COMPLICATIONS IN THYROID SURGERY. JAMA. 1933;101(23):1795–1797. doi:10.1001/jama.1933.02740480027007