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What foods to avoid after a total thyroidectomy?

What foods to avoid after a total thyroidectomy?

Thyroidectomy diet: "there are no uniform general dietary restrictions for patients who have had thyroid surgery, however your surgeon may ask you to temporarily institute a low iodine diet if you need to receive radio-iodine treatment for cancer after thyroidectomy." http://www.Utsouthwestern.Edu/utsw/cda/dept48055/files/317737.Html. ...Read more

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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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What supps/foods should I eat/avoid since thyroidectomy for thyroid cancer? Recently cleared for Papillary Thyroid cancer. Need to lose 15 lbs now.

What supps/foods should I eat/avoid since thyroidectomy for thyroid cancer? Recently cleared for Papillary Thyroid cancer. Need to lose 15 lbs now.

Remember : For weight loss the strongest predictor is your caloric intake. So you need to be mindful of how much you are eating. I would encourage you to minimize processed, artificial foods and consume colorful veggies. In the end, there's no perfect "diet" as some people's bodies respond well to Mediterranean while others the Atkins while others the Paleo. There's no perfect way to tell. ...Read more

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What foods should a post-subtotal thyroidectomy patient eat?

Advance diet: You may have a sore throat for a few days due to intubation (a tube was in your throat during surgery). Your sore throat will resolve in a few days. Advance from a soft diet. ...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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Is it normal to feel pretty sick after a sub-total thyroidectomy?

Yes: General anesthesia can make some patients very sick with nausea or even vomitting. Thyroidectomy can also cause neck pain and general anesthesia can cause a sore throat due to intubation! subtotal thyroidectomy can lead to hypothyroidism with symptoms of lethargy, weakness, cold intolerance and weight gain. ...Read more

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How much tissue is left behind after a total thyroidectomy ?

How much tissue is left behind after a total thyroidectomy ?

Ideally none: A total thyroidectomy is done to remove all visible or gross thyroid tissue. We know as surgeons, that despite out best efforts, there may be a small amount of tissue left behind. That is why it is important to have post surgical radioactive iodine therapy if you are being treated for thyroid cancer. ...Read more

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What is the best diet for a person after a total thyroidectomy?

What is the best diet for a person after a total thyroidectomy?

No best diet: The most important thing you need to do after a total thyroidectomy is to take your thyroid hormone replacement. There is no specific diet which is best but if you were hyperthyroid you will tend to regain lost weight and watching your total calories is a good idea. ...Read more

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Will my singing voice return after total thyroidectomy?

Will my singing voice return after total thyroidectomy?

It can: The risk of nerve injury with surgery should be about 1%. If it happens, 50% can recover. The recurrent laryngeal nerve controls the voice and damage can cause severe hoarseness and weak voice. Superior laryngeal nerve damage can cause loss of pitch. The overwhelming majority of people have no problem, some have mild weakness that returns, and very few have permanent damage. Chances are good. ...Read more

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