American Association of Endocrine Surgeons Thyroidectomy Guidelines

The American Association of Endocrine Surgeons (AAES) has recently released their guidelines for the surgical management of thyroid disease. This is an evidence based document developed by a team of experienced thyroid surgeons and covers most aspect of thyroid surgery. The recommendations in relation to thyroid cancer are the particularly relevant give there have been significant changes in practice over the past decade.  The topics covered are listed below with a link to a discussion page for each topic.

1. Initial Evaluation

2. Imaging

3. Fine Needle Aspiration Biopsy Diagnosis

4. Molecular Testing

5. Indications for and Extent of Surgery

6. Outcomes of Surgery

7. Initial Thyroidectomy

8. Perioperative Tissue Diagnosis

9.  Nodal Dissection

10. Concurrent Parathyroidectomy

11. Hyperthyroid Conditions

12. Goitre

13. Adjuncts and Approaches

14. Laryngology

15. Familial Thyroid Cancer

16. Postoperative Care and Management

17. Cancer Management

18. Re-operation