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What foods should a post-subtotal thyroidectomy patient eat?

What foods should a post-subtotal thyroidectomy patient eat?

Advance diet: You may have a sore throat for a few days due to intubation (a tube was in your throat during surgery). Your sore throat will resolve in a few days. Advance from a soft diet. ...Read more

Dr. William Culviner
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Thyroidectomy (Definition)

This is the removal of all or part of the thyroid gland. It is generally performed for rumors of the gland, occasionally for enlarged and hyper functioning glands that do ...Read more


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How long is the recovery for a subtotal thyroidectomy? Will I need replacement medication?

How long is the recovery for a subtotal thyroidectomy? Will I need replacement medication?

1 week or so: Most of my patients are back to work in ~1 week, using narcotic pain meds for only 3-4 days on average. Full activity can be resumed in 2 weeks. Roughly 15% of people will require thyroid supplementation after partial thyroidectomy. Although there is plenty of debate, i recommend thyroid lobectomy over subtotal thyroidectomy for reasons i don't have room to discuss. Good luck! ...Read more

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How long does it take to perform a subtotal thyroidectomy and removal of a tumor on the right side of the thyroid?

How long does it take to perform a subtotal thyroidectomy and removal of a tumor on the right side of the thyroid?

Two hours: Does depend on any prior scarring, procedures invasion, and speed of the particular surgeon- very careful, is the key since important adjacent structures. ...Read more

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Will I gain weight after thyroidectomy?

Will I gain weight after thyroidectomy?

Thyroid and weight: Appropriate treatment soon after thyroidectomy (surgical removal of the thyroid) should include thyroid hormone replacement. This should provide adequate amount of thyroid hormone so that there should be no impact on weight. ...Read more

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How long is the typical recovery from a thyroidectomy?

How long is the typical recovery from a thyroidectomy?

1 week: Light physical activity was recommended after thyroidectomy for 1 week. Pain is usually mild after thyroidectomy! ...Read more

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When should I start exercising after having a thyroidectomy?

When should I start exercising after having a thyroidectomy?

2 weeks: I usually recommend my patients to avoid exercising and heavy lifting for two weeks following thyroid surgery. ...Read more

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What is the best diet for a person after a total thyroidectomy?

What is the best diet for a person after a total thyroidectomy?

No best diet: The most important thing you need to do after a total thyroidectomy is to take your thyroid hormone replacement. There is no specific diet which is best but if you were hyperthyroid you will tend to regain lost weight and watching your total calories is a good idea. ...Read more