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Can a goiter shrink without surgery?

Can a goiter shrink without surgery?

Goiter: Yes -- it can and often does. Goiter is usually an inflammatory reaction caused by an autoimmune disorder. This can wax and wane as antibody levels do. Sometimes thyroid hormone replacement can shrink it to a degree but not always. ...Read more

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Dr. Steve Martinez
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Thyroid Enlargement (Definition)

Thyroid enlargement refers to a thyroid gland that is larger than normal. The thyroid gland is located in the front of the neck, below the Adam's apple, and may become enlarged due to hyper or hypo-thyroidism. An enlarged thyroid is also ...Read more


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How to shrink multinodular goiter without surgery?

How to shrink multinodular goiter without surgery?

Goiter/FNA: The cause of your goiter determines the possible therapies and yes it can be treated medically. Overall size, compression, response to medical therapy, fna biopsy, cancer are important so work with your team of docs. A surgery consult can give you lots of information about the risk/benefit of therapy with surgery. You have choices, good luck. ...Read more

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My brother has had, in the past, 3 heart attacks. He has a very large goiter and his heart doctor does not want him to have surgery. How to shrink it?

My brother has had, in the past, 3 heart attacks. He has a very large goiter and his heart doctor does not want him to have surgery. How to shrink it?

Sounds like: Heart disease is a much bigger issue than the goiter. In the period of time after an mi, all elective surgery is deferred due to the additional stress on the patient. There are medical options to "shrink it" but it is likely not necessary. ...Read more

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Can goiter come bak after surgery?

Can goiter come bak after surgery?

Recurrent goiter: Hello, if you have a partial thyroidectomy, then a goiter could occur in the remaining portion of your thyroid. ...Read more

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When will goiter surgery be necessary?

When will goiter surgery be necessary?

Size: If the thyroid enlarges enough that it starts to cause swallowing difficulties, speaking difficulties, or breathing difficulties. Usually do not want to wait until the symptoms listed above are severe, or if it is so large that the surgery becomes more difficult. ...Read more

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How to recover fast after goiter surgery?

How to recover fast after goiter surgery?

Depends: First - do you need the surgery? Second - is the surgeon trained to do a minimally invasive approach? Recovery from that is usually just a few hours vs overnight in the hospital for more conventional procedures. Make sure this is an experienced thyroid surgeon who knows his/her way around the neck. ...Read more

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Alternatives to surgery for multinodular goiters?

Wait and watch: If there are no symptoms and no suspicious nodule, i would suggest the question should be the other way around. Are there any good alternatives to watching and waiting? No. ...Read more

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Do i need surgery for colloid goiter?

Depends: Surgical indication for thyroid is based on size of the goiter, symptoms of obstruction, and the fna diagnosis. There are times when surgery is a benefit, best to take family/friend with you to surgery consult. In many cases medical therapy and observation is all that is needed. ...Read more

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Why are my doctors so hesitant to give me a 2nd goiter surgery?

May need chest open: Also, if the thyroid now extends downward into the chest, there is a higher likelihood with a second procedure, that the surgeons would need to cut through the collarbone, breastbone, and/or upper ribs to remove all of the thyroid compared to a first procedure. ...Read more

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I can't sleep for 2 months after goiter surgery. What should I do to have normal sleep?

I can't sleep for 2 months after goiter surgery. What should I do to have normal sleep?

Check out your level: Please be sure to have your thyroid hormone levels checked again. Maybe they are off and affecting your sleep. Otherwise, i can't explain any other reason for the surgery to affect your sleep this far out afterwards. Even when your levels are "normal", if you continue to not feel right, find an endocrinologist who will work with you until you feel right. Sometimes a medication switch is needed. ...Read more

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