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I'm having thyroid surgery in two weeks. Should I start trying to eat less and what kind of food should I be eat?

I'm having thyroid surgery in two weeks. Should I start trying to eat less and what kind of food should I be eat?

Diet: Your diet will not make a difference. Don't worry about it other than don't eat anything 12 hours before your operation.

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Dr. Mark Loury
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Thyroid Surgery (Definition)

Surgical removal of the thyroid can be performed safely in experienced hands. Risks include general anesthesia, bleeding, infection, injury to nerve that moves vocal cord causing hoarseness and swallowing difficulties, injury to parathyroid glands causing low calcium and need for medications, need for thyroid medications, scar and ...Read more


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After thyroid surgery, the amount of calcium get decreased. What are the food need to include for getting this balanced?

After thyroid surgery, the amount of calcium get decreased. What are the food need to include for getting this balanced?

Should resolve: After thyroid surgery you can shock your Parathyroid glands which may cause a short period of hypocalcemia. This can be treated with calcium carbinate (tums) or dairy products like milk. The transient hypocalcemia should resolve once the parathyroid glands recover, UNLESS they were mistakenly removed. You should also get your calcium levels checked by a doctor.

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How long do I have to wait to eat red meats after thyroid surgery?

How long do I have to wait to eat red meats after thyroid surgery?

When you can eat: Whenever you can resume eating, you can eat meats again. There is no time frame needed to refrain from eating red meats.

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What can you expect after thyroid surgery?

What can you expect after thyroid surgery?

Thyroid surgery: Their are many potential complications from thyroid surgery, these issues are best discussed with the physician who is planning to perform the operation.

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Subtotal thyroid surgery, what does it mean?

Subtotal thyroid surgery, what does it mean?

Subtotal: This is an arcane surgical term referring to removing most but NOT all of the thyroid. It was historically done to reduce risk of recurrent laryngeal nerve injury and hypoparathyroidism. Currently, thyroid surgeries are mostly half (hemi) or all (total).

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What are the complications of thyroid surgery?

What are the complications of thyroid surgery?

2 main ones: Any surgery has risks from the anesthesic, as well as bleeding and infection. These problems are rare. Thyroid surgery specifically risks injury to the vocal cord nerves which can cause hoarseness. Injury to the parathyroid glands can cause low blood calcium. These problems also should be rare and are not expected after thyroid surgery, but you should discuss with your surgeon.

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How long can you recover from thyroid surgery?

Should be <6 weeks: Varies for many, but wound strength maxes out at 4 weeks, and levels off through 6. Other causes of pain, immobility, hormone insufficiency, and possible hypocalcemia are variable. Most people take 2-3 weeks to return to usual activities.

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How much does thyroid surgery cost? Both sides.

How much does thyroid surgery cost? Both sides.

Hard to say: One can get estimates by asking around. There are doctor's bills for office visits, the actual surgery, and hospital visits if he charges separately for hospital care days (presuming one has to stay in the hospital). Hospital bills are hard to predict, and there are separate bills for lots of different items such as labs, meds, x-rays, etc... And also anesthesiologists, radiologists, pathologists.

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What is the definition or description of: thyroid surgery?

What is the definition or description of: thyroid surgery?

Thyroid Surgery: Surgical removal of the thyroid can be performed safely in experienced hands. Risks include general anesthesia, bleeding, infection, injury to nerve that moves vocal cord causing hoarseness and swallowing difficulties, injury to parathyroid glands causing low calcium and need for medications, need for thyroid medications, scar and need for additional surgery.

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What should I expect during recovery after thyroid surgery?

What should I expect during recovery after thyroid surgery?

Usual course: Typically people have some stiffness and soreness in the neck for the first week or two. Sometimes swallowing can be difficult (especially liquids) and the voice can be hoarse for the first month (about 10% of people). Energy levels can fluctuate because of the surgery, as well as, thyroid hormone levels changing. Other specific issues can be addressed by your surgeon.

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I ask how many weeks totally dry the thyroid surgery thank you?

I ask how many weeks totally dry the thyroid surgery thank you?

Thyroid surgery: The response to thyroid surgery will, to some extent, depend on how much of your thyroid gland was removed, and whether you have been subsequently prescribed thyroxine.

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How long after thyroid surgery does it take to return to a feeling of normalcy.?

How long after thyroid surgery does it take to return to a feeling of normalcy.?

Thyroid Recovery: 2 factors. 1) recovery from surgery. Typically basic recovery from neck surgery is on the order of 5-10 days at which point surgical pain and initial wound healing complete. 2) if total thyroidectomy there will be a period of time needed to find a new balance to your thyroid replacement. In some cases thyroid replacement may be delayed until confirmation is made that all tissue was removed.

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How long after thyroid surgery (partial) does it take before you feel yourself again?

A month: It will take 4 to 6 weeks to start feeling no pain or swelling. In can take months for your surgical scar to get back to a point where it s not so noticeable.

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I have a total thyroid surgery last Friday morning and now I have constant coughing?

I have a total thyroid surgery last Friday morning and now I have constant coughing?

Thyroidectomy: I have a total thyroid surgery last Friday morning and now I have constant coughing? ANS: complications of thyroidectomy are common in my experience. Laryngeal nerve injury or paralysis could cause cough. Taking out/injuring the parathyroids may cause low Ca which can also make you have muscle cramps and could contribute to cough. Let us know what you find out.

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How long does it take for the strips to fall off after thyroid surgery dr said they would dissolve?

Not long: Typically there are subcutaneous, or hidden sutures (stitches) under the skin that dissolve and steri-stips or narrow pieces of sticky material placed over the incision. The sutures should be absorbed in 2-3 weeks and the steri strips will curl on the edges and fall off when not sticky any more. Those do not dissolve like the sutures do.

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Why iodine is used before thyroid surgery?

Why iodine is used before thyroid surgery?

Decrease blood flow: If the patient has graves' disease or other hyperthyroidism and is scheduled for surgery, doses of iodine can be given to temporarily decrease the blood to the thyroid and aid in surgery--typically sski is given. Radioactive iodine is given to ablate the thyroid in hyperthyroidism. Some feel it should not be given in grave's if there are eye problems from the graves or it may make the eyes worse.

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Signs of calcium lost after thyroid surgery?

Low calcium: Typical symptoms might include a numb or tingly feeling around the mouth or in the hands and feet, or muscle cramps. In severe cases carpal spasm can develop - see the picture here: http://www. Nejm. Org/doi/full/10.1056/nejmicm074227.

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Can someone tell me how long will it take for my incision to heal after thyroid surgery?

Can someone tell me how long will it take for my incision to heal after thyroid surgery?

Depends: It depends on how the incision was closed. Traditionally it is closed with a thin suture and steristrips which would take 7-10 days to heal but the bruising could take up to 2-3weeks.

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Where is a good place to get this in florida or east coast to get endoscopic thyroid surgery dan?

Where is a good place to get this in florida or east coast to get endoscopic thyroid surgery dan?

Why?: There are a number of centers near florida that do endoscopic thyroid surgery, like tulane la, atlanta ga. The only real advantage to this type of thyroid surgery is that you would have a smaller scar in the neck or no scar if done through the axilla (arm pit). However, the procedure usually takes more time, therefore more anesthesia. There is no evidence that complications are less frequent.

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