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Norfolk, MA
A 36-year-old female asked:

totally thyroidectomy 2012 2013 u/s showed nothing 2015 us showed 6mm ? residual thyroid or benign appearing lymph node. i think dr left tiny piece in

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Dr. Alan Feldman
Endocrinology 41 years experience
Total thyroidectomy: A surgeon doing a total thyroidectomy will always leave a small amount of tissue in order to avoid causing compications of recurrent laryngeal nerve injury or hypoparathyroidism. If thyroid cancer was found during surgery, one can get radioactive iodine to ablate the residual tissue. Finding a 6 mm nodule on ultrasound does not necessarily mean that there is recurrence of cancer.

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Concord, NH
A 23-year-old female asked:

Thyroidectomy 3 years ago, when they check my levels are they checking just my thyroid or vitiamin d also?

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How does a thyroidectomy affect your thyroid levels?

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Dr. Philip Kern
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Thyroidectomy: If they did a complete thyroidectomy, your thyroid levels should be low; you should become hypothyroid and need to be on levothyroxine. However, sometimes surgeons do not do a complete thyroidectomy, depending on why the surgery was done. If they did a non-complete resection, but then the thyroid gland is not normal (eg. Hashimoto's), then you may get hypo even though there is tissue left behind
Ontario, California
A 35-year-old male asked:

What should I do to prepare for a thyroid resection?

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Dr. Frank Kuitems
Internal Medicine 39 years experience
Talk : It depends on the reason for the thyroid resection it can be done for cancer nodules over active thyroid underactive thyroid. You need to talk to the surgeon make an appointment before surgery to see if medication or any treatments are required prior to surgery

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