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Doctor insights on: Calcium Levels After Thyroidectomy

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Dr. William Culviner
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Thyroidectomy (Definition)

This is the removal of all or part of the thyroid gland. It is generally performed for rumors of the gland, occasionally for enlarged and hyper functioning glands that do ...Read more


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I am 10 days post total thyroidectomy. Back to work doing manual labor, will i need more calcium than the 2, twice a day I am already taking?

I am 10 days post total thyroidectomy. Back to work doing manual labor, will i need more calcium than the 2, twice a day I am already taking?

This may be temporar: The parathyroid glands (there's usually 4 of them) are near, or embedded in, the thyroid. After a thyroidectomy, some of the parathyroids may be removed or affected by local swelling. As long as there is a functional parathyroid gland left, it should recover, make parathyroid hormone and properly regulate your calcium, but in the short run, you may need to take some supplemental calcium. ...Read more

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If after 5 weeks of a total thyroidectomy your pth is low a 3 and i been taking 9 calcium 3 vit D3 does this mean there gone or not going to work?

If after 5 weeks of a total thyroidectomy  your pth is low a 3 and i been taking 9 calcium 3 vit D3 does this mean there gone or not going to work?

Wait more: 5 weeks is still early so watchful waiting is the way to go. If the parathyroid is truly a problem, you should take Calcitriol (active vitamin d) to decrease the amount of calcium you need to take in a day. Pth is needed for the complete conversion of vit d3 to active vitamin d and hence calcium absorption. ...Read more

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I had total thyroidectomy 5 weeks ago and i take 9 calcium 3 vit D3 aday . What does it mean if tour pth is low or a 3. Does it mean three gone or wor?

I had total thyroidectomy 5 weeks ago and i take 9 calcium 3 vit D3 aday . What does it mean if tour pth is low or a 3. Does it mean three gone or wor?

Hypoparathyroidism: This is one of the complications of surgery. The parathyroid glands help to control calcium levels. Low PTH causes calcium to lower in the blood. This can be dangerous if too low. It can take a long time to recover. In my experience, it seems that a patients body will adjust to the lower calcium and you will not always have to take as much supplementation, but you may need high doses until. ...Read more

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I had a total thyroidectomy 2 weeks ago and after the surgery, my calcium dropped to 7.4. I was in the hospital for 3 extra days. My calcium is now 7.1 and parathyroids have gone. Your thoughts?

Hypocalcemia: Hypocalcemia after total thyroidectomy is common. You might be on oral calcium supplements for a time, but the vast majority of parathyroids will start to work eventually. Long term hypocalcemia is rare after thyroidectomy. It usually just takes time. ...Read more

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How does a thyroidectomy affect your thyroid levels?

How does a thyroidectomy affect your thyroid levels?

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 ...Read more

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How long does it usually take after total thyroidectomy for your levels to change?

How long does it usually take after total thyroidectomy for your levels to change?

A long time!: Great question! after thyroidectomy levels may take 2-6 weeks to fall enough to notice. Since you listed Propranolol as a medication i'm guessing you had your thyroid removed because it was overactive. In that case your levels might be high for a while. ...Read more

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