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Invited Commentary
November 2014

Advantages and Disadvantages of Outpatient Thyroid Surgery

Author Affiliations
  • 1Division of Head and Neck Endocrine Surgery, Department of Otolaryngology–Head and Neck Surgery, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Baltimore, Maryland
JAMA Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 2014;140(11):1076-1077. doi:10.1001/jamaoto.2014.2357

Outpatient thyroidectomy, defined as a discharge from medical care the same day of surgery, is gaining favor by physicians and other clinicians and third-party payers as an option for many surgical patients with thyroid disease because it enables significant cost savings in health care expenditures. However, quality and patient safety remain the principal objectives in the delivery of health care and should never be compromised. In recent years, there has been an increasing emphasis on outpatient thyroidectomy, with an ever-growing number of published studies reporting on it since 2006. In this issue, Steward1 expertly reviews the eligibility criteria for outpatient thyroidectomy, in addition to the perioperative factors that should be considered in order to optimize the safe and efficient performance of outpatient thyroid surgery.