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Post Op Thyroidectomy
2 wks post op thyroidectomy. Skin pulls up when I swallow. The MD had a term for it but I can't remember ? Suggested I massage scar manually. Name?
10 hours post op, total thyroidectomy. Surgeon said was harder to remove than first thought due to hidden swelling. Normal to have lots of pain/stiff?
Normal?: No it is not "normal" but it does happen. I presume you are still in the hospital - if so you must ask your surgeon for medication to control your pain. Hope all goes well. ...Read more
Do not disturb: at only 2 days out, you certainly would not want to disturb anything. Best thing is just very gentle active stretching and possibly very gentle massage to the back of the neck but by no means around R over the incision site. This stiffness in all probability is secondary to the way you had to be positioned to get to the thyroid gland. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Firm, non-tender, crescent-shaped lump above total thyroidectomy scar three weeks post-op. Would massage be of benefit, or should I give it time?
Hyperthyroid 5 years with toxic nodule pre hemi thyroidectomy supressed TSH elevated T4 T3 (liothyronine) 10 days post op TSH supressed low T4 T3 (liothyronine) am i hyper or hypo?
Difficult to answer: Since you're on ptu (propylthiouracil) which inhibits thyroid function and hormone production. Would have to know when and how much ptu (propylthiouracil) you've been taking and serial lab values to determine the answer. If your TSH is still suppressed, you're probably still hyperthyroid, but more or longer therapy w/ptu (propylthiouracil) may help. Methimazole may be safer than put. Think about radio iodine therapy w/your doctor. ...Read more
I am booked in for a total thyroidectomy on Tuesday and I have my pre op on Monday. What should I expect for them?
Thyroidectomy: The thyroidectomy will cause some pain and discomfort but will be fine before long. After the surgery you will be carefully prescribed with appropriate thyroid dose. Wish you well and please keep me informed. PS: Endocrinology (includes thyroid) is a major part of my work. ...Read more
I have had a full thyroidectomy, my blood is normal 2 06. I can't understand why since the operation 10 months ago i'm gaining weight?
A 40 year old man had thyroidectomy 2 years ago and now he has decrease in sexual excitement. Does it has somerhing to do with his operation?
Maybe: With the removal of or part of the thyroid gland, can lead to a form of hypothyroidism. A person can present with fatigue, depression and many other symptoms. These symptoms may indirectly cause a decreased sex drive. Please consult your doctor to properly diagnose the issue and proceed towards proper therapy..Simple lab tests will determine if the thyroid issues are contributing. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
After a full thyroidectomy a year ago, i keep getting sore throats, can there be a connection to the operation please?
Why thyroidectomy?: Hi. Was it thyroid cancer? Most likely reason for total thyroidectomy. Best diet: healthy one! Whole grains, nuts, legumes, fruits & veggies, healthy oils (canola & olive), lean meats, nonfat dairy; little or no white flour, white rice, simple sugar, high fructose corn syrup. Best of luck with your thyroid cancer! ...Read more
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
What for?: There are many reasons to have a thyroidectomy: cancer, suspicious nodules, goiter or nodule with compressive symptoms, uncontrolled hyperthyroidism, genetic syndromes with high likelihood of cancer. You should be seen by a surgeon who does a lot of thyroid procedures and have a full discussion about your reasons. If you are having trouble deciding get a second opinion. ...Read more
Common: In this day & age where people are getting imaging studies more frequently, "incidental" thyroid nodules are found more easily, leading to more biopsy and more surgery. Approx 50, 000 new thyroid cancer cases are expected in 2011 resulting in approx 2000 deaths. The decision to proceed with surgery depends on discussion between you and your treating physicians (surgeon, pcp & endocrinologist). ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Metabolism: After the thyroid is removed, the body still needs thyroxin to help in metabolic processes. Perhaps the amount of synthetic or natural thyroxin replacement needs to be adjusted. ...Read more
It can: The risk of nerve injury with surgery should be about 1%. If it happens, 50% can recover. The recurrent laryngeal nerve controls the voice and damage can cause severe hoarseness and weak voice. Superior laryngeal nerve damage can cause loss of pitch. The overwhelming majority of people have no problem, some have mild weakness that returns, and very few have permanent damage. Chances are good. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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