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What's the recovery time from a thyroidectomy?

What's the recovery time from a thyroidectomy?

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

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 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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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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Anorexia relapse…how do I cope with weight gain after a thyroidectomy? Starvation and excessive exercise isn't what I want anymore. Recovery main goal

Anorexia relapse…how do I cope with weight gain after a thyroidectomy? Starvation and excessive exercise isn't what I want anymore. Recovery main goal

So glad to: hear that you are free of the desire for starving yourself or doing excessive exercise. See your doc for monitoring and then a mental health professional who specializes in eating disorders. Your doc will help you to regulate your thyroid meds for you to feel better, including your mood. Peace and good health. Balance in all things. ...Read more

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Had thyroidectomy 30 years ago, gained 40 lbs at that time, now obese; levels were never stabilized. Any suggestions?

Had thyroidectomy 30 years ago, gained 40 lbs at that time, now obese;  levels were never stabilized. Any suggestions?

Endocrinologist: With the proper dose of thyroid replacement your levels and symptoms should be allright. An endocrinologist or thyroidologist is best qualified to treat you and follow you. ...Read more

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I'm having a thyroidectomy on the 30th and a hysterectomy approximately 3 weeks later, is this enough time in between surgeries?

I'm having a thyroidectomy on the 30th and a hysterectomy approximately 3 weeks later, is this enough time in between surgeries?

Depends: It depends on your current health status but they would not proceed with the second surgery until they know you're medically stable to proceed. It depends on how the thyroid surgery went. Good luck. ...Read more

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In 2010 I had a total thyroidectomy & it was cancerous since then I have had 3 bouts of nuclear rad, last test was clear what is time frame for return?

In 2010 I had a total thyroidectomy & it was cancerous since then I have had 3 bouts of nuclear rad, last test was clear what is time frame for return?

??: I believe you are asking when should you be re-evaluated by your doc. I would hope that blood studies and other imaging studies have been done since 2010. If not, please talk to your doc soon. ...Read more

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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?

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?

Yes: massage+time: This may benefit from time and massage. However there may be another minor problem such as suture abscess or hematoma. This may require incision and drainage or aspiration or injection. Your surgeon is the best person to determine this. ...Read more

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