The Thyroid Cartilage Shave a.k.a. Tracheal Shave is performed under a local anesthetic and the cost for this procedure is $5000. An incision is made in a natural crease in your neck. The trachea is shaved and tiny stitches are used to close the incision. Stitches are removed six days later. Once it is healed, you won’t even be able to find the incision.
Dr. Mayer can use the technique similar to the technique used in hemming a skirt. He would make a loop in one end and in six days after surgery you would just pull the end and the stitches would come out. In that case, you would only need to be here let’s say Monday for your consultation/pre-operative appointment, Tuesday for your procedure, Dr. Mayer would check you on Wednesday and you could fly out that day. Ten days after surgery, you would just pull the end to release the stitches. Dr. Mayer has experienced no complications in the hundreds of thyroid cartilage shave procedures he has performed over the past 30 years.