For those of you gathering info. on various treatments for Graves’, there’s an interesting article entitled, “Surgery Found Superior to Other Major Therapies for Graves’ Disease” on Medscape. You have to register to use Medscape, but it’s free.
Among other interesting facts, the Swedish researchers state that “‘young adult’ patients… and ‘old-adult patients’ who underwent hyperthyroid surgery had a 3% and 8% risk of relapse, respectively.”
“By comparison, treatment with antithyroid drugs…carried a 42% and 34% risk of relapse…” “Treatment with radioactive iodine (I131)… was associated with a 21% risk of relapse”.
There is also discussion of the related ophthalmopathy risks.