A 41-year-old female asked:
How can i regenarate my thyroid gland to work&stop medication after i had surgery to remove it once&then had an iodine treatment to remove it fully ?
2 doctor answers • 6 doctors weighed in
Dr. Benjamin Kimanswered
General Surgery 45 years experience
Probably cannot: Thyroidectomy followed by radioactive iodine ablation is usually done for thyroid cancer. Ask your doctor for your diagnosis and why you were treated. But if you have had a total or near total thyroidectomy followed by ablation, you will need thyroid supplements your whole life.
5.2k viewsReviewed >2 years ago
Dr. Susan Wingoanswered
Endocrinology 35 years experience
You can't: There is no way to regrow a thyroid once it has been removed and any remnants killed off with the radioactive iodine treatment. Sorry. Please do keep taking your thyroid hormones tablets.
5.2k viewsReviewed Dec 29, 2022
Last updated Dec 29, 2022
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