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Side Effects Of Thyroid Removal
How long does it take to perform a subtotal thyroidectomy and removal of a tumor on the right side of the thyroid?
Hypothyroidism: If the whole thyroid gland is removed, then the person need to take thyroid hormone to replace the thyroid function. Thyroid hormone is effective and very safe. Rarely, the operation can damage the nerve that controls the vocal cord. The parathyroid glands scan be damaged and cause a low blood calcium. This can be corrected with oral calcium. These are complications rather than side effects. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Complicated....: More than can be explained in 400 characters. Talk to a good surgeon. Most who have partial thyroidectomy don't need thyroid replacement. All who have total thyroidectomy need long term hormone replacement. Risk of parathyroid issues with total; this requires long term calcium replacement. Managed carefully, most folks don't have too much difficulty regulating their postop hormone issues. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
If on correct dose,: that cause normal free T4 and TSH, then none!! ...Read more
No removal of thyroid gland suggested by my doc except 1tab thyroxine .5mg daily. Which z giving me side effects now after taking 4 a year
I'm considering surgery to treat my overactive thyroid as the medication is not improving it, are there any dangerous side effects of thyroidectomy?
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
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
Hypothyroidism: Patients who had total thyroidectomy might develop hypothyroidism. Symptoms are usually associated with slower metabolism which include slow heart rate, fatigue, weakness, constipation, anemia/low blood counts. Patients are kept on a daily thyroid medication to prevent this. Hope this helps. ...Read more
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