A member asked:
i'm considering surgery to treat my overactive thyroid as the medication is not improving it, are there any dangerous side effects of thyroidectomy?
2 doctor answers
Dr. Alan Feldman answered
40 years experience Endocrinology
Risk of surgery: Hyperthyroidism is typically treated with either anti-thyroid drugs, radioactive iodine, or surgery. Most people in the us receive radioactive iodine if thyroid medication is ineffective. Surgery carries a risk related to anesthesia, as with any other surgery. In addition, one typically becomes hypothyroid following surgery. Care must be taken to not damage parathyroid or nerves to the voice box.
Answered on Jan 6, 2020
Dr. Michael Wolfe answered
22 years experience ENT and Head and Neck Surgery
Low risk: Risks are bleeding, infection, damage to nerve to voice box (1%), scar (100% but well hidden), low thyroid (100%--you will need thyroid hormone), low calcium--common but usually does not need treatment and recovers normally--rarely is very severe.
Answered on Jul 24, 2015
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