Thyroid Disease area

The Thyroid Disease Area is an integrated multidisciplinary team of specialists who work together to offer patients with thyroid problems a precise diagnosis.

After diagnosis, the patient is advised as to what is the most appropriate treatment for their situation and continuous follow-up care is offered in order to achieve the desired objectives.

The Clínica is pioneer in implementing medical techniques both in Spain and worldwide, and is an international reference centre for highly specialised procedures.

In the Thyroid Disease Area at the Clínica, the surgical team carry out diverse transaxillary surgeries (through the armpit) on thyroids using the robotic system Da Vinci®, with satisfying results. The greatest advantage of this system is the lack of scars on the patient´s neck after surgery.

The Clínica Universidad de Navarra was the first Spanish hospital to carry out operations such as these, and is pioneering in the procedure.

To carry out this operation, it´s necessary to have vast experience in thyroid surgery, as well as having specific training in robotic surgery.

The Clinic is the first in Spain to use the Da Vinci robot to operate on thyroid glands, with a transaxillary surgical technique that prevents scarring the neck. [Video only available in Spanish]

We have a multidisciplinary team of experts who work together which is important for treating any disease. However, for Thyroid cancer, it is not just an important factor, it is essential".

We completely dedicate ourselves to each patient and their family.

At the Clínica Universidad de Navarra, our main objective is to offer the patient and their family the best medical treatment and care possible and we organise all procedures with this in mind.

Unlike other private Spanish clinics, our doctors and the 2,000 professionals who work at the Clínica completely and exclusively dedicate themselves to their work here. This advantage means that we can commit the time and resources necessary for each clinical case to provide personalised and high quality care.

Additionally, this work ethos allows the doctors to continue working whilst also researching and training.

Thanks to our way of working, the Clínica Universidad de Navarra is pioneering in implementing medical techniques both in Spain and worldwide, and is an international reference centre for highly specialised procedures.

We have vast experience in the treatment of all thyroid diseases. Some of the most frequently treated include:

To carry out the best diagnosis of your disease, we run the following tests:

Currently, we also use molecular techniques to analyse BRAF gene mutations. The mutations in this gene relate to a subtype of thyroid cancer (papillary carcinoma).

BRAF mutations are common in human cancer, especially in melanoma and thyroid papillary carcinoma. The oncogenic mutation of BRAF V600E appears in up to 50% of this type of thyroid cancer and also in the most aggressive anaplastic subtypes.

It´s possible to study these mutations in samples obtained through PAAF, a powerful tool for identifying patients with high risk of more aggressive diseases before they undergo surgery.

We offer the most appropriate treatments for each case:

The main treatment for all forms of thyroid cancer is surgery. The surgery is carried out in a minimally invasive manner, through the neck, leaving some small scars.

After surgery, the majority of cases require hormone therapy, chemotherapy and/or radiotherapy to complete the treatment.

Iodine 131 is used as a complementary treatment to surgery for differentiated thyroid carcinoma, to destroy the rest of the thyroid or as the treatment of choice for tissue close to the affected area and further away from said carcinoma (metastasis).



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Latest technology

To improve your health and quality of life, we have the Da Vinci® Robot for performing minimally aggressive surgery.

Less invasive surgery

Reduces the hospital stay and the risk of bleeding, which are significant benefits for the patient.

Assistance for the surgeon

When access is difficult or maximum precision is required, robotic surgery can assist the surgeon.


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