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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.

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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.

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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.

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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

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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.

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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).

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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

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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

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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.

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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. Gregory Moneta
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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