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Doctor insights on: Low Calcium Levels After Thyroid Surgery

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Signs of calcium lost after thyroid surgery?

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. ...Read more

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. ...Read more

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Tingling lips and no thyroid....Is my calcium too low? What are the dangers of super low calcium?

Tingling lips and no thyroid....Is my calcium too low? What are the dangers of super low calcium?

Low calcium: Tingling or hypoesthesia of the fingers, nose, toes, and or lips is a sign of low calcium. This can also be accompanied by leg and loot cramps, especially at night. This can be temporary 10-30% of the time after total thyroidectomy and permanent 1-3% of the time. Can be treated with calcium, rocaltrol, (calcitriol) and or rarely Natpara. You should have labs drawn that examines calcium and related levels. ...Read more

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I have been expericing unintentional weight loss, 2 swollen lymph nodes in neck. Labs showed low calcium and low electrolights and dropping tsh?

I have been expericing unintentional weight loss, 2 swollen lymph nodes in neck. Labs showed low calcium and low electrolights and dropping tsh?

Thyroid problem: Your symptoms suggest excessive thyroid function but also reactive lymphatic nodes or nodules in need of a physician examination since it could represent a thyroid tumor or another neck tumor.
Weight loss could be from thyroid excess or tumor.
Acute inflammation of thyroid gland due to a virus could cause both.
Please seek medical care promptly ...Read more

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I have an enlarged fatty liver I have polyps and stones in my gallbladder. I must have thyroid surgery first my high. Calcium. Do I remove gallbladdne?

I have an enlarged fatty liver I have polyps and stones in my gallbladder. I must have thyroid surgery first my high. Calcium. Do I remove gallbladdne?

It depnds on Symptom: Gall stones are frequently asymptomatic (silent) and do not require removal of the gall bladder on any urgent basis unless you have pain caused by the stones. So your doctor can guide you about what is more important to handle first...Thyroid, calcium problem, or gall stones. Follw the advice of your famnily doctor who can help you priortize what should be handled first. ...Read more

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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). ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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?

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

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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I ask I'm almost 1half month done my thyroid surgery why it's still I fell my neck is to tired thank u?

There will be: A NORMAL "thickening" at the site of your surgery for several months after the procedure! In addition any fatigue you had prior to the surgery I assume will respond to thyroid replacement (if indicated) or a little "tincture of time"!

Hope this helps! BE WELL!
Dr Z ...Read more

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I ask I go for thyroid surgery How many weeks can I go to work I'm nanny I do some cleaning to house thank you?

I ask I go for thyroid surgery How many weeks can I go to work I'm nanny I do some cleaning to house thank you?

Within a few days?: You should ask the surgeon about this, but it all depends on what surgery is being done on your thyroid - if it is a deep procedure, say a subtotal thyroid extort, it could take up to a week for full recovery, while simple biopsies take a day to do and you are back at work the next day. Ask your surgeon ...Read more

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I had thyroid surgery it will be 2 weeks tomorrow my strips are still on does this mean I have a problem am I not healing right?

Steri strips: This is normal. It means you are a good patient and didn't disturb the strips. They will fall off in a few days, no worry. ...Read more

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Can people talk after thyroid surgery?

Can people talk after thyroid surgery?

Yes: For thyroid surgery, an anterior neck incision is used and the risk is low. The recurrent laryngeal nerve is examined during placement and removal of the anesthetic breathing tube, your surgeon will be well trained to avoid this nerve during surgery. If the nerve becomes dysfunctional, it is usually temporary. Take family/friend to ask these details of your surgeon. Be well. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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I'm done thyroid surgery I'm home already it's that normal sometimes I'm feeling dizzy thank you?

I'm done thyroid surgery I'm home already it's that normal sometimes I'm feeling dizzy thank you?

Need more info: Hi. Except in pregnancy, thyroid surgery is generally only done for thyroid cancer or to rule out thyroid cancer. What was the surgical pathology on your thyroidectomy? We need to know surgical pathology AND your TSH and free T4 post-op. Give us that info, and maybe we can help. Good luck! ...Read more

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Should a heterogeneous thyroid nodule measuring 23x12x20mm be biopsied thyroid surgery partial

Should a heterogeneous thyroid nodule measuring 23x12x20mm be biopsied thyroid surgery partial

Biopsy: I agree. A nodule this big should be biopsied. Chance of malignancy is low but you need to do it to find out. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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I had thyroid surgery 6 years ago and I seem to be developing a very raspy voice, I could it be related to my surgery? I am very prone to scar tissue.

I had thyroid surgery 6 years ago and I seem to be developing a very raspy voice, I could it be related to my surgery? I am very prone to scar tissue.

Hoarseness: It is fairly doubtful that it would be related to the thyroid surgery, as you should have developed voice symptoms early after the surgery, not delayed. Scar tissue would not typically change your voice. There may be other reasons for the raspiness like allergies, postnasal drip or laryngopharyngeal reflux. See an ENT for fiberoptic laryngeal exam. ...Read more

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I'm having Thyroid surgery & have been a crystal meth user for over 15 years. I plan on getting clean 3-4 days before my surgery; is this enough time?

I'm having Thyroid surgery & have been a crystal meth user for over 15 years. I plan on getting clean 3-4 days before my surgery; is this enough time?

Tell your surgeon: About your crystal meth use and arrange for medically supervised detox. Chronic meth use affects so many functions that surgery will not be safe until you have been able to fully recover. ...Read more

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Swelling after thyroid surgery 3 days ago, the left lobe (a 4 CM nodule was on it) and the isthmus? Was removed. The whole area (including right under my chin) is huge. Is this normal?

Swelling after thyroid surgery 3 days ago, the left lobe (a 4 CM nodule was on it) and the isthmus? Was removed. The whole area (including right under my chin) is huge. Is this normal?

This: This is excessive swelling and should be seen asap. Typically an expanding hematoma (collection of blood in the wound bed where the thyroid lobe was removed) also causes excessive pain. If that is happening, see your surgeon right away. ...Read more

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I'd like to get a tatoo. But I form keloids. I have one on my chest from my chemo port insertion and one on my neck from thyroid surgery.

I'd like to get a tatoo. But I form keloids. I have one on my chest from my chemo port insertion and one on my neck from thyroid surgery.

You should get: A small trial one in an inconspicuous area, to make sure that you don't form keloids with tatoo. Keloids form more commonly in areas where skin is close to bone, without any subcutaneous tissue, such as over the sternum. ...Read more

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I'm 6days now from thyroid surgery after an hour I fell dizzy and after I'm vomit and after vomit I'm fell okay now is that normal thank you?

I'm 6days now from thyroid surgery after an hour I fell dizzy and after I'm vomit and after vomit I'm fell okay now is that normal thank you?

It is not normal: To be vomiting 6 days after having had thyroid surgery. You should be evaluated by a doctor, to determine why you are dizzy and vomiting and to make sure that the vomiting has not caused dehydration or electrolyte disturbances. Good luck! ...Read more

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When does the lump in the throat go away after thyroid surgery?

When does the lump in the throat go away after thyroid surgery?

Thyroid surgery: There are many lumps in your throat, most of which are normal structures. Thyroid surgery will only remove the thyroid. Talk to you doctor about exactly what you are feeling, because it is possible that your symptoms are not related to thyroid. ...Read more

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I have developed severe mouth sores after thyroid surgery was treated for thrush but it didn't work. Saw 3 drs yesterday nobody knows what it is?

I have developed severe mouth sores after thyroid surgery was treated for thrush but it didn't work. Saw 3 drs yesterday nobody knows what it is?

Aphthous ulcer.: This is hard to diagnosis without seeing but, When your body is under stress you can develop small ulcers in your mouth called aphthous ulcers. They are painful but usually heal in a few days. You can swish with pepto bismal to coat them and decrease some of the pain. ...Read more

Hypocalcemia (Definition)

Hypocalcemia refers to low measured levels of calcium in the blood. Symptoms of hypocalcemia may include numbness/tinglng of he hands and mouth or cramping. In severe cases, one's ability to think may be impaired. Hypocalcemia may be due to poor diet, vit d deficiency, disorders of the parathryoid ...Read more


Dr. Barbara Lavi
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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