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What can you expect after thyroid surgery?

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Dr. Michael P Vaughn
Allergy and Immunology 34 years experience
Thyroid surgery: Their are many potential complications from thyroid surgery, these issues are best discussed with the physician who is planning to perform the operation.
Dr. Mark Hoepfner
General Surgery 39 years experience
See below: Thyroid surgery may involve one side or both sides of the neck depending which side is having surgery, or why. Surgery may be done for benign or cancer lesions. Usually an overnight hospital stay, usually no bleeding or blood transfusions. Low risk to vocal cords or speech & low risk to parathyroid glands & calcium levels. Discomfort for maybe a week.
Dr. Michael Wolfe
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 23 years experience
Varies widely: There is no great answer. For uncomplicated surgery: most have pain especially with swallow for several days, but only need narcotic meds for a week or less--some need more. Remember that stamina is affected for 2-3 weeks and people can tire quickly. I ask for people to take it easy for a week but then no restrictions. Most are back to work after 1 week. Again, it varies widely.

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What should I expect during recovery after thyroid surgery?

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Dr. Scott Schneider
General Surgery 27 years experience
Usual course: Typically people have some stiffness and soreness in the neck for the first week or two. Sometimes swallowing can be difficult (especially liquids) and the voice can be hoarse for the first month (about 10% of people). Energy levels can fluctuate because of the surgery, as well as, thyroid hormone levels changing. Other specific issues can be addressed by your surgeon.

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