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Dr. Ghulam Abbas
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Lobectomy (Definition)

The right lung is made up of the right upper, middle, and lower lobes. The left lung is made up the the upper and lower lobes and a portion that is called the lingula. A lobectomy is the removal of ...Read more


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I have been having dysphagia and midsternal chest pain. Just had a left thyroid lobectomy 4 days ago. Lortab decreases the pain. Thoughts?

I have been having dysphagia and midsternal chest pain. Just had a left thyroid lobectomy 4 days ago. Lortab decreases the pain. Thoughts?

Anesthesia ; Surgery: Some medications used during induction of surgery can cause muscle pain, and should start to resolve within 7 days. Also, sometimes the surgeon needs to lean on your chest for proper positioning which can cause postoperative pain. The surgery also involves stretching many muscles in your neck which could account for the dysphagia. Nevertheless you should seek medical attention to confirm this. ...Read more

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What happens after a thyroid lobectomy?

What happens after a thyroid lobectomy?

Generally normal: Gnerally if only one lobe of the thyroid is removed the remaining lobe is able to make an adequate amount of thyroid hormone to meet the body's needs. ...Read more

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What is the process of thyroid lobectomy?

What is the process of thyroid lobectomy?

Remove lobe: If one lobe of the thyroid is abnormal on thyroid scan and on ultrasound, and your doctoris worried about thyroid cancer, biopsy of the abnormal lobe is indicated. If your risk is low, some physicians just remove the diseased lobe and put you on full replacement thyroid hormone for the rest of your life. ...Read more

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Which type of risk am i taking by not having a thyroid lobectomy to diagnose a nodule?

Which type of risk am i taking by not having a thyroid lobectomy to diagnose a nodule?

Talk to doctor: Most thyroid nodules are benign. There are some features on an ultrasound that are more, or less, consistent with cancer. A needle biopsy may detect cancer cells. Balancing these, one has to make a decision to remove the nodule or watch it. This is best done with your endocrinologist and a good thyroid surgeon. ...Read more

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If someone has thyroid symptoms, and thyroid drugs don't work, is a partial lobectomy advised?

What symptoms?: Hyperthyroid symptoms that do not respond to enough antithyroid medicines can be treated with radioiodine or surgery - though usually more than just apartial lobectomy. ...Read more

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I am scheduled for a thyroid lobectomy surgery. I need to know how to prepare?

I am scheduled for a thyroid lobectomy surgery. I need to know how to prepare?

Not much: Follow the directions from your surgeon. You would likely need to have recent blood tests before surgery. Usually the only "preparation" is having nothing to eat or drink after midnight the night before the surgery. Some surgeons recommend an antiseptic bath or shower the night before surgery too, but that depends on your surgeon. ...Read more

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Could it be a possibility to have scar tissue pain a year and a half after thyroid lobectomy?

Could it be a possibility to have scar tissue pain a year and a half after thyroid lobectomy?

Pain in scars: Scar tissue pain commonly diminishes within 1 year, but persistent or worsening pain should be evaluated by a physician. Sensory nerve endings trapped in scars will be painful with position, movement, or stretching. Chronic inflammation is another issue that warrants attention. ...Read more

Dr. James Krick
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Thyroid (Definition)

The thyroid is an endocrine gland that sits in the lower part of the neck. It produces thyroid hormone - which ...Read more