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I have a question regarding radiation brain, although I have only received RAI. Since my total thyroidectomy and radioiodine treatment two years ago, I feel as if my brain is mush. Brain fog, short-term memory loss, inability to focus/take in new informat

I have a question regarding radiation brain, although I have only received RAI. Since my total thyroidectomy and radioiodine treatment two years ago, I feel as if my brain is mush. Brain fog, short-term memory loss, inability to focus/take in new informat

Check your levels: Have your ENT or Endocrinologist check your thyroid levels, etc - they may be the culprit. It's a common complaint: https://www.inspire.com/groups/thyca-thyroid-cancer-survivors-association/discussion/memory-loss-after-thyroidectomy/ When you achieve the proper level (or as close as possible) I expect you'll feel these troubles minimize or go away. Best! ...Read more

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Can you tell me diets after thyroidectomy?

Can you tell me diets after thyroidectomy?

Anything fine: After a thyroidectomy there is generally restriction on what you can and cannot eat. Generally you may have some neck soreness immediately post-op which may be better to eat soft foods or liquids, but this should resolve in a day or two. ...Read more

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What foods to avoid after a total thyroidectomy?

What foods to avoid after a total thyroidectomy?

Thyroidectomy diet: "there are no uniform general dietary restrictions for patients who have had thyroid surgery, however your surgeon may ask you to temporarily institute a low iodine diet if you need to receive radio-iodine treatment for cancer after thyroidectomy." http://www.Utsouthwestern.Edu/utsw/cda/dept48055/files/317737.Html. ...Read more

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I just had a total thyroidectomy, will I lose weight?

I just had a total thyroidectomy, will I lose weight?

You shouldn't: Your doctor will supplement you with just enough thyroid hormone to keep your metabolic rate normal for you. ...Read more

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Why am i gaining weight after my total thyroidectomy?

Why am i gaining weight after my total thyroidectomy?

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

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Will my singing voice return after total thyroidectomy?

Will my singing voice return after total thyroidectomy?

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 more

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Side effects of thyroidectomy - any possible bad things?

Side effects of thyroidectomy - any possible bad things?

Thyroidectomy: This would not be done unless absolutely necessary. Any surgery can have complications such as infection swelling etc. Later complications can come from scarring and the need for thyroid medication for the rest of your life - you could not be without it ever! review with the surgeon or at least get a second opinion if you are not sure! ...Read more

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Can thyroidectomy (sub-total) affect fertility in women?

Can thyroidectomy (sub-total) affect fertility in women?

Only if...: Thyroid levels are not normal. Prolactin should also always be checked in thyroid conditions. ...Read more

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I am losing weight after partial thyroidectomy, is this ok?

I am losing weight after partial thyroidectomy, is this ok?

Variable: I think it would depend on other health issues. Are you already underweight? Are there other symptoms? Are you on thyroid hormone supplementation? What is your TSH level? ...Read more

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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

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Do I have to see a specialist to get a thyroidectomy ordered?

Do I have to see a specialist to get a thyroidectomy ordered?

It'd be a good idea: To speak with an endocrinologist to help you sort out whether or not you need a thyroidectomy. If endocrinologist thinks its reasonable to get surgery, they can refer you to an endocrine or ENT surgeon. The surgeon will evaluate you and also decide if they think surgery is indicated. Choosing surgery is a big choice so getting good opinions is important. ...Read more

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Why don't you get a calcitonin insufficiency after thyroidectomy?

Why don't you get a calcitonin insufficiency after thyroidectomy?

You do: But it is not essential for life so you don't need to replace it. ...Read more

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Had a total thyroidectomy need to know what improvements to lose weight?

Had a total thyroidectomy need to know what improvements to lose weight?

Total Thyroidectomy: The most important consideration here is that you are on a hormone replacement for your thyroid and that it is being monitored to assure that you are in a good range. This can take several weeks to optimize in many circumstances. Your endocrinologist or internist will guide you here. Once you are normalized, then you are just like anyone else trying to lose weight... Diet, exercise, etc. ...Read more

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Please help! what is the difference between prostatectomy and thyroidectomy?

Please help! what is the difference between prostatectomy and thyroidectomy?

2 different glands!!: Prostate near urethra behind pubic bone; thyroid just above sternal notch in neck; ..Ectomy means 'removal of'. ...Read more

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Can I increase my metabolic rate through exercise even after a total thyroidectomy?

Can I increase my metabolic rate through exercise even after a total thyroidectomy?

Yes: Hi. Yes, you can. Most thyroidectomies are done for thyroid cancer. You will need to take thyroid hormone replacement for life, but doing so, your thyroid hormone-influenced metabolic rate will be normal. Increasing your metabolic rate through exercise is a different mechanism than the basal set point that thyroid hormone helps regulate. Take your thyroid hormone, eat healthily, and exercise. ...Read more

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I'm having a thyroidectomy and i'm worried about side effects. What are common ones?

I'm having a thyroidectomy and i'm worried about side effects. What are common ones?

The common ones: Besides the usual bleeding, infection, and excess scarring (less than 1%) that can happen anytime you have an incision through the skin, the most common side effects of thyroid surgery are voice changes(5-10%) and low calcium (10% for total thyroidectomies). These are usually transient - they go away. Getting your thyroid hormone balanced after surgery can be tricky in some patients. ...Read more

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Is it possible to perform total thyroidectomy without touching laryngopharengeal nerve?

Sort of: The surgeon generally looks for the nerve so he/she can safely remove the thyroid without injuring it. So it will likely be touched but not harmed. ...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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