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Discharge (Definition)

Discharge can be a noun or a verb; it has multiple meanings in physics, chemistry, military, and legal usage. The most common medical meaning is a substance that is being excreted. Examples: pus is the discharge from a pimple; a vaginal discharge can mean infection; an ear discharge can mean an infection of the outer ear tract; a nasal discharge ...Read more


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What is it like to have a total thyroidectomy?

What is it like to have a total thyroidectomy?

A routine surgery...: Will aim to remove all thyroid tissue. This is done sometimes for goiter, thyroiditis, or cancer. There is typically a single, midline neck incision that is used for removal of the organ. Afterwards you may receive radioactive iodine to kill any cells that might have been missed. You will need thyroid replacement on a daily basis after the surgery for the rest of your life. ...Read more

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What are the effects of a partial thyroidectomy?

It removes: A portion of your thyroid. You will definitely need life-long replacement with brand name T4 after the surgery. There are some risks, including potential damage to laryngeal nerve and parathyroid glands, but risks should be minimal with a good surgeon. Depends upon the indication for the surgery in the first place. ...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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Im total thyroidectomy is there a chance to get pregnant?

Im 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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Thyroidectomy (Definition)

is the surgical removal ...Read more