Graves’ Disease (also known as toxic diffuse goiter) is an autoimmune disease caused by thyroid hormone excess. It is the primary cause of hyperthyroidism. The conditional usually develops in middle-aged patients, and may have a genetic component. Detailed below is our Graves’ Disease treatment in Israel program.

Graves’ Disease Treatment in Israel

Before thyroid goiter treatment can commence, our specialists will run a series of tests to assess the condition of your thyroid.

  • Extensive blood work-up (CBC, CMP, coagulation factors, electrolyte levels, lipid profile, hormone profile, immunological markers and immunological tests for thyroid disease and coagulation factors)
  • A FNA will be scheduled if a thyroid tumour is discovered
  • Radioisotope thyroid scan
  • Endocrinologist’s exam

The investigations (including biopsy results) will take 4 business days to complete. The procedures will take place at Assuta Hospital.

Therapy will depend on the aforementioned tests’ results. Options include:

  • Medicinal treatment (decided on by an endocrinologist)
  • Radioiodine thyroid ablation (decision to be taken by a radiologist following an exam)
  • Surgical treatment (decision to be taken by a head & neck surgeon following an exam)

Thyroidectomy

In case a total thyroidectomy is indicated, cost of treatment will consist of:

  • Operative procedure and 2 days of hospitalization
  • Disposable surgical materials and equipment

The surgery will take place at the state-of-the-art Assuta Medical Center.

Radioiodine Thyroid Ablation

Radioiodine thyroid ablations are performed at Sheba Tel HaShomer Medical Center. Cost will be include:

  • Pre-operative preparation
  • Radioiodine thyroid ablation
  • 3 days of hospitalization in isolation unit
  • Post-procedure monitoring:
    • Endocrinologist’s exam
    • Thyroid scintigraphy (I-131)

The pre-procedure work-up takes 3 working days, and hospitalization at the isolation unit up to 3 days. It is advised you remain in Israel for approximately 7 days following your completion of your Graves’ disease treatment.

Symptoms

  • Enlarged thyroid
  • Exophthalmos
  • Arrhythmia
  • Weight loss despite increased appetite
  • Heat intolerance
  • Excessive sweating
  • Edemas on feet
  • Hand tremors
  • Weakness
  • Headaches