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How is a thyroglossal cyst treated?
Unless your child's cyst is infected, your doctor will recommend surgical removal. If it's infected, the infection must be controlled before surgery can be done.
What happens on the day of surgery?
It's a fairly simple operation.
General anesthesia is used. You will meet with the anesthesiologist and the surgeon on the day of surgery. Most children go home the same day unless there are any breathing problems or a small drain is placed in the wound. In those cases, your child may need to stay overnight.
After surgery, your child will stay in the Day Surgery Unit until she is ready to go home. Parents are welcome to stay with their child during this time.
What happens after surgery?
My child's cyst seems infected. Should we postpone the surgery?
It depends. If the area near the cyst becomes red, tender, swollen, or drains, please call your surgeon.
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