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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.
Dr. Michael Wolfe
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 23 years experience
Varies widely: The 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.
Dr. Brendan Stack jr., md, facs, face
Head and Neck Surgery 32 years experience
Expectations: See risk and complications post for thyroid surgery. Nausea can be experienced 1-3 days after surgery. Sore throat for the same period of time. Should be able to return to sedentary activity in 3 days. No heavy lifting ( more than 10#) or bending over at the waist for 2 weeks.

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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.

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