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How Long Is The Recovery For A Subtotal Thyroidectomy
1 week or so: Most of my patients are back to work in ~1 week, using narcotic pain meds for only 3-4 days on average. Full activity can be resumed in 2 weeks. Roughly 15% of people will require thyroid supplementation after partial thyroidectomy. Although there is plenty of debate, i recommend thyroid lobectomy over subtotal thyroidectomy for reasons i don't have room to discuss. Good luck! ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
How long does it take to perform a subtotal thyroidectomy and removal of a tumor on the right side of the thyroid?
Normally a few days: For routine thyroid surgery, such as for graves disease or a benign nodule, surgery can be done on an outpatient basis and recovery is fairly fast. Hormone replacement begins immediately. For cancer surgery, the procedure may be more extensive and recovery may be longer. If there are complications, such as low blood calcium, or a hoarse voice, then other outpatient treatments will be needed. ...Read more
Anorexia relapse…how do I cope with weight gain after a thyroidectomy? Starvation and excessive exercise isn't what I want anymore. Recovery main goal
So glad to: hear that you are free of the desire for starving yourself or doing excessive exercise. See your doc for monitoring and then a mental health professional who specializes in eating disorders. Your doc will help you to regulate your thyroid meds for you to feel better, including your mood. Peace and good health. Balance in all things. ...Read more
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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Had to have a total thyroidectomy in 2012. Taking armour, but unable to afford to continue to pay for meds. How long will I live without meds? Thanks
Need path results.: Start it ASAP after surgery, as long as you won't have post-op radioiodine therapy (RAI) used for some thyroid cancers-- in which case start AFTER RAI. Usually you don't know if you need RAI for sure until final pathology results come in about a week post-op. Some surgeons start Synthroid right after surgery and stop if path determines need for RAI. Others will wait for path first, then ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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