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How Does Thyroid Surgery Affect Singing
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
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). ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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. ...Read more
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. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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