It is probable that slight cases of stenosis can be treated better by intubation than by thyrotomy.
thyrotomy has been successfully performed in such cases, mostly under the impression that the disease was malignant.
In many instances, therefore, thyrotomy is the first stage in the operation of total laryngectomy.
In cases that are known to be tuberculous, the feeling prevails that thyrotomy is not to be recommended.
The requirements and first and second stages of the operation are similar to those for thyrotomy (see pp. 490, 491).
The instruments, ansthetic, and position require the same consideration as with thyrotomy (see p. 489).
Taking, therefore, the best published results, it appears that the mortality is at least twice as great as with thyrotomy.
thyrotomy thy·rot·o·my (thī-rŏt'ə-mē)
Incision of the thyroid gland.