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Recovery Time For Thyroid Removal Surgery
3 weeks out of partial thyroid removal. Pre-surg TSH 1.27 miu/l: ft4 .9 ng/dl: after surgery TSH 3.150 miu/l: ft4 .96. Do i need medication?
Not yet based on lab: Usually after partial or total thyroid removal it can take a while before medication may be needed. Every patient is different as to when they need medication. You are still making thyroid hormone from what's left, it appears your TSH has risen in just 3 weeks and may mean you might need medication soon. Normally we look for TSH to be above 4.5 before starting medication. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
How is a thyroid removal different from parathyroidectomy? How are the surgeries similar? And how are they different ?
Different glands: The thyroid and parathyroids are closely related in position. There are 4 parathyroids, one in the region of the upper and lower pole of the right and left thyroid lobes. When doing a thyroid resection the parathyroids are identified and separated. If only one thyroid lobe is removed and parathyroid blood supply lost, the remaining 2 parathyroids are sufficient to function. ...Read more
I'm considering surgery to treat my overactive thyroid as the medication is not improving it, are there any dangerous side effects of thyroidectomy?
How will I know what does a surgery to remove the thyroid consists of, recovery time, is it an outpatient procedure?
Thyroidectomy: Thyroid surgery involves removing either the entire thyroid gland (total thyroidectomy) or just one lobe (lobectomy). The incision is 2- 3 inches long and is placed across the front of the neck in a natural skin crease. If you have a lobectomy, you may be able to go home the same day. If you have a total thyroidectomy, you will stay in the hospital overnight so your calcium levels can be watched. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Very rare: Injury to laryngeal nerves are very rare due to current meticulous techniques and done by highly trained professionals. ...Read more
Cancer?: Hi. Usually the thyroid is taken out for thyroid cancer. That has its own treatment protocol following thyroidectomy. Without going into that (since the circumstance is not stated, and I'm not here to guess or assume), after thyroidectomy, you need to treat the hypothyroidism. That's cheap & easy. The goal of treatment is slightly different whether it was thyroid cancer or not. To your health! ...Read more
How long does it take to perform a subtotal thyroidectomy and removal of a tumor on the right side of the thyroid?
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