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How long will hematomas last after thyroidectomy surgery?

How long will hematomas last after thyroidectomy surgery?

2-3 weeks: Hematomas are collections of blood. They initially coagulate then liquefy after 1-2 weeks. After they liquefy your body will resorb them or you can have them drained. ...Read more

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How long will I have to weight to sing after my thyroidectomy? Surgery is Jan 28th, band is playing a benefit Feb 7th. I do backups only.

How long will I have to weight to sing after my thyroidectomy? Surgery is Jan 28th, band is playing a benefit Feb 7th. I do backups only.

Should be OK: Hi. We must assume the thyroidectomy is being done for thyroid cancer. In the hands of a good surgeon, recurrent laryngeal nerve (the nerves that drive the vocal cords) damage is extremely unlikely, and the surgical wound heals quite quickly. So if you're comfortable, go ahead and sing! And good luck with your thyroid disease process! And it's how long you have to wait, not "weight". ...Read more

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How soon after a total thyroidectomy can you smoke cigarettes? Will smoking before the surgery affect anything?

How soon after a total thyroidectomy can you smoke cigarettes? Will smoking before the surgery affect anything?

Smoking: Ask your surgeon, but likely not recommended right after surgery. He or she will inform you when you can resume your regular activities. May be good opportunity to quit! ...Read more

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Couses of having headaches after thyroidectomy I did surgery last 3 months ago, best treatment pls.

Consider another T4: Not sure if headaches are directly related to thyroidectomy. My experience is that rarely some patients do have headaches with synthroid (thyroxine). Changing that to tirosint or other thyroid hormone preparations can help. If not, see a neurologist. ...Read more

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How long after a complete thyroidectomy and radioactive iodine until you get your stamina back? My surgery was october 19, 2010 and ri was done nov 30

How long after a complete thyroidectomy and radioactive iodine until you get your stamina back? My surgery was october 19, 2010 and ri was done nov 30

Post thyroidactomy: You should feel normal (if not hyper) after around 3-4 weeks from starting your thyroid replacement therapy. Not feeling well. Is usually due to both either over or under replacement. Check your levels and adjust treent. ...Read more

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Is there any doctor that would perform a thyroidectomy with a ft4 of 48.8?, I seem to be resistent to medication and I'm willing to risk the surgery.

Is there any doctor that would perform a thyroidectomy with a ft4 of 48.8?, I seem to be resistent to medication and I'm willing to risk the surgery.

Graves treatment: The treatment of graves disease includes medications, radioactive iodine, or surgery. All are acceptable forms of treatment you should see an endocrinologist to help guide you and determine whether you really are resistant. Also, consider radioactive iodine as an alternative to surgery. If you decide on surgery, it should be done by an experienced thyroid surgeon, not just any general surgeon. ...Read more

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My wife 42, after total thyroidectomy surgery, a month later she received i-133 therapy 120 units. Full body scan shows no metastasis. Prognosis of it?

My wife 42, after total thyroidectomy surgery, a month later she received i-133 therapy 120 units. Full body scan shows no metastasis. Prognosis of it?

Thyroid surgery: It depends on the type of cancer and extent of the tumor. The lack of spread is a good thing. She will require periodic thyroid ultrasound in addition to the routine examinations and follow up with her physicians. ...Read more

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Having a total thyroidectomy on Tuesday for GD but PTU (propylthiouracil) has caused low t4/ft3 (ft3 0.8) I know I can't have the surgery hyper but is hypo a Problem?

Having a total thyroidectomy on Tuesday for GD but PTU (propylthiouracil) has caused low t4/ft3 (ft3 0.8) I know I can't have the surgery hyper but is hypo a Problem?

Thyroid replacement: Once your thyroid has been removed, you will need thyroid replacement to normalize your metabolic function since you will no longer produce any thyroid hormones. Let your doctor guide you through the dose adjustment process. ...Read more

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I am shceduled for a total thyroidectomy at 3:15pm today and used crystal meth last night. Will there be complications with surgery?

I am shceduled for a total thyroidectomy at 3:15pm today and used crystal meth last night. Will there be complications with surgery?

TELL YOUR SURGEON: It is critical you inform the surgical team. You are at potential anesthesia risk!! Furthermore, ASAP, get into a drug rehab program, you are engaging in totally risky behavior, with a horrible drug. You need help in this area NOW, not later. ...Read more

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How soon after a 7 day course of provera (medroxyprogesterone) can a total thyroidectomy be performed? Can the surgery be done soon before or during the provra treatment?

How soon after a 7 day course of provera (medroxyprogesterone) can a total thyroidectomy be performed? Can the surgery be done soon before or during the provra treatment?

Anytime: Hi. There is no relationship between when you take Provera and have a thyroidectomy. Since the generally accepted indication for total thyroidectomy is thyroid cancer or a strong suspicion of it, keep track of your priorities. The anesthesiologist and the surgeon will go over what meds you're taking, but they will NOT be concerned about medroxyprogesterone. Good luck! ...Read more

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I'm considering surgery to treat my overactive thyroid as the medication is not improving it, are there any dangerous side effects of thyroidectomy?

I'm considering surgery to treat my overactive thyroid as the medication is not improving it, are there any dangerous side effects of thyroidectomy?

Low risk: Risks are bleeding, infection, damage to nerve to voice box (1%), scar (100% but well hidden), low thyroid (100%--you will need thyroid hormone), low calcium--common but usually does not need treatment and recovers normally--rarely is very severe. ...Read more

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I had a total thyroidectomy 2 weeks ago and after the surgery, my calcium dropped to 7.4. I was in the hospital for 3 extra days. My calcium is now 7.1 and parathyroids have gone. Your thoughts?

I had a total thyroidectomy 2 weeks ago and after the surgery, my calcium dropped to 7.4. I was in the hospital for 3 extra days. My calcium is now 7.1 and parathyroids have gone. Your thoughts?

It's a waiting game: I agree that permanent profound hypoparathyroidism is rare. It would be nice to know if you have any detectable parathyroid hormone. If you do, then your prognosis is better. Often your body will reset its low point. You would still be on calcium supplementation and possibly calcitriol, but at lower doses. You will tolerate lower levels with less side effects. Hang in there. ...Read more

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Graves disease: want to start trying to conceive within 3 months. Is surgery (total thyroidectomy) the only option?

Graves disease: want to start trying to conceive within 3 months. Is surgery (total thyroidectomy) the only option?

NMS but: You should really talk to an endocrinologist about this. In the meanwhile, don't set any deadline for your pregnancy until you get the thyroid under control. ...Read more

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Total thyroidectomy for papillary cancer. Two nodules 0.5cm and 0.7cm. Surgical biopsy stage pt1an0. Possible metastasis? Need rai?

Total thyroidectomy for papillary cancer. Two nodules 0.5cm and 0.7cm. Surgical biopsy stage pt1an0. Possible metastasis? Need rai?

This is a bit: Too complicated and specific to be dealt with over the internet. Various endos have slightly different regimens for dealing with this problem and you are in kind of a gray area. Check w/your endo for specific recommendations. ...Read more

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I am a thyroidectomy patient they did my surgery last 3 months ago. Then my right vocal cord get paralized, some idea to get my voice back pls..

I am a thyroidectomy patient they did my surgery last 3 months ago. Then my right vocal cord get paralized, some idea to get my voice back pls..

Injection or more: You can try with speech therapy which maximizes your voice based on how you speak. Other options include injections of either permanent or temporary products into your vocal cord to keep it more in contact with your mobile vocal cord. Finally, you can have an implant that keeps your paralyzed vocal cord more in contact with your mobile one. ...Read more

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Graves disease, mixedema and exopthalmos, scheduled for compete thyroidectomy bc not responding to treatment. Will these 2 resolve after surgery?

Graves disease, mixedema and exopthalmos, scheduled for compete thyroidectomy bc not responding to treatment. Will these 2 resolve after surgery?

Exopthalmos maybe: Graves disease (hyperthyroidism) is much easier treated by radioactive ablation with i131 than surgery.Complications of surgery do not occur. The radioactive iodine destroys the gland making patient hypo or nothyroid. While exophthalmos generally improves with correction of hyperthyroidism, not always the case. Myxedema is not related to hyperthyroidism but is the same as severe hypothyroidism. ...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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How many days after total thyroidectomy can I expect to be able to care for my 9mo daughter by myself?

Extremely variable: But some people are able to resume normal activities the next day. Check w/your doctor about your specific situation. ...Read more

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I am booked in for a total thyroidectomy on Tuesday and I have my pre op on Monday. What should I expect for them?

I am booked in for a total thyroidectomy on Tuesday and I have my pre op on Monday. What should I expect for them?

Thyroidectomy: The thyroidectomy will cause some pain and discomfort but will be fine before long.
After the surgery you will be carefully prescribed with appropriate thyroid dose.
Wish you well and please keep me informed.
PS: Endocrinology (includes thyroid) is a major part of my work. ...Read more

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My son had a partial thyroidectomy done two days ago. How would he find out of the nodule removed was hot or cold?

My son had a partial thyroidectomy done two days ago. How would he find out of the nodule removed was hot or cold?

Not important now: During the study phase, knowing if a nodule is hot or cold helps to better characterize possible etiologies of the nodule in search of a diagnosis. A thyroid uptake & scan is noninvasive and used for this purpose. However, after a partial thyroidectomy, the tissue specimen is sent for direct visualization (histopathology) for a final diagnosis obviating the need of a thyroid scan. ...Read more