Thyroid lobectomy is surgery that removes either the right or left half of the thyroid gland. The remaining half of the thyroid gland continues to secrete thyroid hormone normally. This surgery is often done for nodules that are benign or when the risk of cancer is lower. It may also be performed for some small thyroid cancers, in some cases. Removal of only half the gland reduces the surgical time and risks, and often patients will be able to return home the same day as the surgery. Our surgeons work closely with endocrinologists, radiologists and pathologists to help give patients the best information about their surgical options.