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Doctor insights on: Recovery Time After Thyroid Surgery

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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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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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What can you expect after thyroid surgery?

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 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 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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How long after thyroid surgery (partial) does it take before you feel yourself again?

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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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

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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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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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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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Dr. Mark Loury
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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


Dr. Krishna Kumar
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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