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Low Calcium Levels 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
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
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
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
I have been expericing unintentional weight loss, 2 swollen lymph nodes in neck. Labs showed low calcium and low electrolights and dropping tsh?
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
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
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
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
I'm having thyroid surgery in two weeks. Should I start trying to eat less and what kind of food should I be eat?
No: Get your BP/heart rate checked.......it is normal. ...Read more
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 more
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
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
I ask I'm almost 1half month done my thyroid surgery why it's still I fell my neck is to tired thank u?
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
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
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
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
It can be: But if it continues please see a doctor ...Read more
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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?
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
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'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 have under gone thyroid surgery. Now I have an unusual heart rate between 80-120. How I can get it normal. I intake 150mg l'throxin?
Hyperthyroid: You may be taking too much thyroid medication. See doc who prescribed the medication. ...Read more
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?
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
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