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A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael P Vaughn
33 years experience in Allergy and Immunology
Thyroid surgery: Their are many potential complications from thyroid surgery, these issues are best discussed with the physician who is planning to perform the operati ... Read More
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A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Sherer
36 years experience in Anesthesiology
Easy: Subtotal literally means removal of part, not all, of the throid gland. How much is up to your surgeon and the nature of the disease process.
A 29-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mike Bowman
18 years experience in ENT and Head and Neck Surgery
2 main ones: Any surgery has risks from the anesthesic, as well as bleeding and infection. These problems are rare. Thyroid surgery specifically risks injury to ... Read More
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A 26-year-old female asked:
Dr. Addagada Rao
55 years experience in General Surgery
Very short time: Recovery time after uncomplicated thyroid surgery will be very brief, will be home same day or next day , will be able to go back to office type of w ... Read More
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A 56-year-old female asked:
Dr. Carlos Satulovsky
27 years experience in Psychiatry
Possible: Hormonal replacement is a must, but it is perfectly possible.
A 50-year-old member asked:
Dr. Frederick Singer
57 years experience in Endocrinology
No. : Medication and radioactive iodine are generally used to treat hyperthyroidism before surgery is considered.
A 67-year-old female asked:
Dr. Gurmukh Singh
48 years experience in Pathology
Depends: It would depend on the nature of the nodule. You may opt for a fine needle aspiration for initial diagnostic work up. If it is benign there may be no ... Read More
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A male asked:
Dr. Stephen Whipple
20 years experience in Interventional Radiology
Thyroid : Thyroid nodules are somewhat common. They are more common in older patients and females. The vast majority of thyroid nodules are benign. That mean ... Read More
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A 50-year-old member asked:
Dr. Paxton Daniel
38 years experience in Radiology
It may: But the first step for a solid nodule of this size is usually fine needle biopsy. If the nodule is benign surgery may still be needed if the nodule ca ... Read More
A 60-year-old male asked:
Dr. Dan Fisher
26 years experience in Internal Medicine
Depends: If the surgery is to remove your thyroid it certainly could. But surgery is my least favorite of three options for control.
A 60-year-old male asked:
Dr. David Geffner
53 years experience in Endocrinology
Yes: But make sure it is an appropriate treatment for you. See an endocrinologist, or physician/surgeon who is a member of the association of thyroid surge ... Read More
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A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Dan Fisher
26 years experience in Internal Medicine
Wait and watch: If there are no symptoms and no suspicious nodule, i would suggest the question should be the other way around. Are there any good alternatives to wa ... Read More
A 59-year-old member asked:
Dr. Patrick Melder
26 years experience in ENT and Head and Neck Surgery
Yes: It is called radioactive iodine (i131). Another way to treat this is with thyroid suppression medication and surgery.
A 49-year-old male asked:
Dr. Jay Bradley
17 years experience in LASIK Surgery
Thyroid eye disease: I would discuss this decision with your endocrinologist. Many prefer radioactive iodine to avoid surgical risks.
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A 27-year-old female asked:
Dr. Philip Kern
42 years experience in Endocrinology
Big thyroid: From your description, it appears that the underlying problem is Hashimotos, and you have already had ultrasound and biopsy of nodules. Therefore, no ... Read More
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A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Geffner
53 years experience in Endocrinology
Depends: On why the thyroidectomy was done.
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A 53-year-old member asked:
Dr. Henry Friedman
43 years experience in Pediatrics
Either may be right: Transphenoidal surgery is the preferred procedure. However, sometimes it cannot be done--the tumor cannot be adequately reached --and a craniotomy is ... Read More
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A 60-year-old male asked:
Dr. Philip Kern
42 years experience in Endocrinology
Depends on dose: For graves disease, typical doses of rai are 5-25 mci. The dose depends on your uptake and size of gland. Some doctors give low doses to try to make y ... Read More
A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. Peter Kurzweil
49 years experience in Internal Medicine
Yes: Yes. This gland sits in a bony bowl behind and between the eye balls. Find a specialized center and a neurosurgeon that treats these commonly.
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A 51-year-old member asked:
Dr. Frederick Singer
57 years experience in Endocrinology
Very unlikely.: After a total thyroidectomy the patient needs to take thyroid hormone. This would reduce the likelihood of regrowth even if a small amount of thyroid ... Read More
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A 31-year-old female asked:
Dr. Gurmukh Singh
48 years experience in Pathology
Depends: Most thyroid nodules do not require any treatment. If a nodule needs to be removed, that is done by a surgeon and not an endocrinologist.
A 39-year-old female asked:
Dr. Stanley Lightfoot
57 years experience in Pathology
See below: You need to listen to your endocrinologist and oncologist and do what they recommend.
A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Sneid
40 years experience in Endocrinology
Talk w/endocrinologi: There are several possibilities, from nothing to further surgery to radioactive iodine to long-term thyroid suppression with follow-up. It depends a ... Read More
A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Stanley Schwartz
51 years experience in Endocrinology
Usually not required: Unless worrisome size, aspirate/ biopsy, growth- that makes one concerned about a possible cancer.

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