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What are good diets after thyroidectomy?

What are good diets after thyroidectomy?

Why thyroidectomy?: Hi. Was it thyroid cancer? Most likely reason for total thyroidectomy. Best diet: healthy one! Whole grains, nuts, legumes, fruits & veggies, healthy oils (canola & olive), lean meats, nonfat dairy; little or no white flour, white rice, simple sugar, high fructose corn syrup. Best of luck with your thyroid cancer! ...Read more

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Adhesions (Definition)

Adhesions are scar tissue which can form after any abdominal surgery. The severity depends on whether infection/inflammation was present at the time of surgery. Adhesions are like bands or spider webs that form around the abdominal organs/intestines. Sometimes adhesions are light and cause no problems, sometimes tremendous problems, like crazy glue in the abdomen. Can ...Read more


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What's the recovery time from a thyroidectomy?

What's the recovery time from a thyroidectomy?

Normally a few days: For routine thyroid surgery, such as for graves disease or a benign nodule, surgery can be done on an outpatient basis and recovery is fairly fast. Hormone replacement begins immediately. For cancer surgery, the procedure may be more extensive and recovery may be longer. If there are complications, such as low blood calcium, or a hoarse voice, then other outpatient treatments will be needed. ...Read more

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My question is should I undergo thyroidectomy?

My question is should I undergo thyroidectomy?

What for?: There are many reasons to have a thyroidectomy: cancer, suspicious nodules, goiter or nodule with compressive symptoms, uncontrolled hyperthyroidism, genetic syndromes with high likelihood of cancer. You should be seen by a surgeon who does a lot of thyroid procedures and have a full discussion about your reasons. If you are having trouble deciding get a second opinion. ...Read more

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What are the common complications of thyroidectomy?

What are the common complications of thyroidectomy?

Depends: In experienced surgeon's hands the complications are minimal. For example my patients have a less than 1% incidence of hoarseness, infection or hematoma. The risk of permanent hypoparathyroidism is less than 1:1000 also in my hands. ...Read more

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How common is it for someone to need a thyroidectomy?

How common is it for someone to need a thyroidectomy?

Common: In this day & age where people are getting imaging studies more frequently, "incidental" thyroid nodules are found more easily, leading to more biopsy and more surgery. Approx 50, 000 new thyroid cancer cases are expected in 2011 resulting in approx 2000 deaths. The decision to proceed with surgery depends on discussion between you and your treating physicians (surgeon, pcp & endocrinologist). ...Read more

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Can you get a goitre after a thyroidectomy?

Yes: I have patients that have had half of the gland removed. The other half can then continue to grow and need to be removed. This is rare and may take many years to develop. Most have no problem. It would be even rarer if the remnant were very small. ...Read more

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Could absorbable sutures be used in a hemi-thyroidectomy?

Could absorbable sutures be used in a hemi-thyroidectomy?

Absorbable sutures: They can be used in thyroidectomies, both hemis and totals. I have done it that way since 1999. ...Read more

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I'm total thyroidectomy is there a chance to get pregnant?

I'm total thyroidectomy is there a chance to get pregnant?

Thyroidectomy: If you have had a total thyroidectomy your doctor must have started you on replacement thyroid hormone.

In that case, once your thyroid levels are under control there is no thyroid reason for you not to get pregnant. ...Read more

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How long will hematomas last after thyroidectomy surgery?

How long will hematomas last after thyroidectomy surgery?

2-3 weeks: Hematomas are collections of blood. They initially coagulate then liquefy after 1-2 weeks. After they liquefy your body will resorb them or you can have them drained. ...Read more

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Wondering if its safe to take supplements after thyroidectomy?

Wondering if its safe to take supplements after thyroidectomy?

You're: Taking prescription thyroid medication, if you're talking dietary supplements it's the same they're not regulated and hard to tell what's really in them and any toxins ...Read more

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Which is more effective? A radioactive pill or a thyroidectomy?

Which is more effective? A radioactive pill or a thyroidectomy?

Either one works: If you have hyperthyroidism from Graves disease, either treatment works well. There are potential complications from surgery, although less if you have an experienced surgeon who specializes in thyroid surgery. RAI works with one treatment most of the time for Graves. Talk to your Endocrinologist and go with his/her advice. ...Read more

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How would you no when a patient is bleeding after a thyroidectomy?

How would you no when a patient is bleeding after a thyroidectomy?

Swelling, tender, re: If the area is swollen and tender or getting red, you need to see your doctor immediately! ...Read more

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Is there an alternative for a thyroidectomy of a multi modular goiter?

Is there an alternative for a thyroidectomy of a multi modular goiter?

Hmmm: Depends why thyroidectomy was recommended. If its because size is causing compressive symptoms like trouble swallowing or breathing then no. If one of themanynodules is concerning for cancer than no. You don't necessarily have to have it out just because you have many nodules. ...Read more

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How long after my partial thyroidectomy will my hormone levels move to normal?

How long after my partial thyroidectomy will my hormone levels move to normal?

Depends on amount: Most will return to normal within 2w, some never do and a supplement may be necessary. If your pre surgery TSH was <2, and 4wafter surgery it is >4, I would recommend supplement. ...Read more

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Had total thyroidectomy and went hyper 2 days later. Severe panic. What happend?

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Had total thyroidectomy and went hyper 2 days later. Severe panic. What happend?

Panic: Several possibilities, depending on whether you had history of anxiety, how prepared were you for the surgery, expectations, support system, etc. Possibilities postoperatively are; hormonal changes secondary to changes in thyroid status, fears & worries after the surgery, effect of medications prescribed or changed postoperatively, rebound from medication changes. Discuss with your surgeon. ...Read more

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What are the side effects of complete thyroidectomy? Any alteration in body weight?

What are the side effects of complete thyroidectomy? Any alteration in body weight?

Hypothyroidism: Patients who had total thyroidectomy might develop hypothyroidism. Symptoms are usually associated with slower metabolism which include slow heart rate, fatigue, weakness, constipation, anemia/low blood counts. Patients are kept on a daily thyroid medication to prevent this. Hope this helps. ...Read more

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Total thyroidectomy 9 days ago. What would happen if I stopped taking levothyroxine?

Total thyroidectomy 9 days ago. What would happen if I stopped taking levothyroxine?

Can't live without: What happens if a driver takes her foot off the gas? The car would coast while slowing down, and then roll slowly until either hitting a speed bump or running out of gas. Then the car just stops and/or the engine dies. Humans cannot live without thyroid hormone. If one cannot make her own hormone anymore, she can take levothyroxine hormone pills at the correct dose, and live normally. ...Read more

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I would like to ask you if total thyroidectomy is a reason for my two miscarriages?

I would like to ask you if total thyroidectomy is a reason for my two miscarriages?

How was it treated?: This is a complex question, so I'd encourage using HealthTap Prime or talking to your primary doctor. The answer depends on the reason (diagnosis) you needed thyroidectomy (cancer? other?) & treatment thereafter. Was your thyroid hormone levels adequately replaced? Were you under care of an Endocrinologist? If properly treated, thyroidectomy for a benign cause shouldn't lead to miscarriage. TTYD. ...Read more

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Do you think I should go with radioactive pill or thyroidectomy? Which one is less dangerous

Do you think I should go with radioactive pill or thyroidectomy? Which one is less dangerous

Talk to your doc: The choice of treatment encompasses many factors; talk to your endocrinologist. One big factor: who would do the surgery? Complications of surgery are lower with someone who does a lot of thyroid surgery, rather than a case now and then. If you have graves eye disease, surgery may be preferred over rai. ...Read more

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I undergone for a total thyroidectomy last sept. Would I get pregnant after the procedure?

Yes: If you take the proper dose of thyroid hormone you should be able to get pregnant if your ovaries are normal. ...Read more

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Total thyroidectomy one week ago. Bulge formed below incision. Ok? How long until it goes away?

Total thyroidectomy one week ago. Bulge formed below incision. Ok? How long until it goes away?

Check with surgeon: The most likely cause is some temporary inflammation of the tissues under the incision. A hematoma (blood clot) or fluid collection is also possible. Less likely causes would be infection or scar tissue. If the area is red or tender, you need to see the surgeon right away. If not, typically the incision is checked at 1 month after surgery, by then it should be healing very well. ...Read more

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Can a thyroidectomy cause bloating of the body and if so how long until it gets back to normal?

Thyroidectomy: Hi. Thyroidectomy is usually done for thyroid cancer. Thyroid hormone has a long half-life in the blood, and if you are started on thyroid hormone replacement right away after surgery, you shouldn't feel bloated. However, we do see that sensation in some people, depending on the dose we start you on (it's just a hunch-we then adjust based on labs). The use of Thyrogen has made that all easier! GL! ...Read more

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If you have tsi in your blood, will a partial thyroidectomy control it or reduce it? Does exercise reduce it?

If you have tsi in your blood, will a partial thyroidectomy control it or reduce it? Does exercise reduce it?

No: Partial thyroidectomy will not treat a high tsi level. It indicates autoimmune disease. Exercise is not a treatment for high tsi either. Main treatment is thyroidectomy or i-131 ablation since those are the only cure for graves' disease. ...Read more

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Can you use Neosporin on the incision 4 days after thyroidectomy? Incision has been glued shut to my knowledge.

Can you use Neosporin on the incision 4 days after thyroidectomy? Incision has been glued shut to my knowledge.

Wait: If top layer is 'glue, ' it will dissolve with oil-based compounds, so hold off. If there is not increasing heat / redness (or pus) from the incision site, it does not need anything right away, anyhow--suggest waiting for post-op check. Surgeon will then likely recommend care to minimize scar formation. ...Read more

Dr. Brendan Stack Jr.
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