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A 45-year-old member asked:

Any body know about thyroid gland removal side effects..?

2 doctor answers6 doctors weighed in
Dr. Giuseppe Barbesino
Internal Medicine 34 years experience
Hypothyroidism: If the whole thyroid gland is removed, then the person need to take thyroid hormone to replace the thyroid function. Thyroid hormone is effective and very safe. Rarely, the operation can damage the nerve that controls the vocal cord. The parathyroid glands scan be damaged and cause a low blood calcium. This can be corrected with oral calcium. These are complications rather than side effects.
Dr. Steve Martinez
Breast Surgery 29 years experience
Risks: The risks of thyroid surgery include damage to the nerves that make your vocal cords move. This can make your voice hoarse, give you difficulty swallowing and can even make it difficult to breathe. Other glands in your neck that control the calcium level in your blood, called parathyroid glands, can be damaged. This can lower your calcium levels and cause cramping and tingling sensations.

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A 31-year-old member asked:

Can you tell me about thyroid gland removal and its side effects?

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Dr. Richard Orr
Surgical Oncology 45 years experience
Voice and calcium: In experienced hands, thyroidectomy is safe and has few long term side effects. Obviously, if the entire gland is removed you will need to be on thyroid replacement. Main problems are:1) injury to the vocal cord nerve - occurs in 1% - varies according to surgeon's experience, 2) removal of parathyroid glands and low calcium - rare in experienced hands. Make sure your surgeon is a thyroid expert.
Last updated Oct 11, 2018


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