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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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Dr. Mark Loury
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Thyroid Surgery (Definition)

Surgical removal of the thyroid can be performed safely in experienced hands. Risks include general anesthesia, bleeding, infection, injury to nerve that moves vocal cord causing hoarseness and swallowing difficulties, injury to parathyroid glands causing low calcium and need for medications, need for thyroid medications, scar and ...Read more


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Swelling after thyroid surgery 3 days ago, the left lobe (a 4 CM nodule was on it) and the isthmus ? Was removed. The whole area (including right under my chin) is huge. Is this normal?

Swelling after thyroid surgery 3 days ago, the left lobe (a 4 CM nodule was on it) and the isthmus ? Was removed. The whole area (including right under my chin) is huge. Is this normal?

This : This is excessive swelling and should be seen asap. Typically an expanding hematoma (collection of blood in the wound bed where the thyroid lobe was removed) also causes excessive pain. If that is happening, see your surgeon right away. ...Read more

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I had total thyroidectomy due to huge multinodular goiter with compression 1 week ago. Is a 1.5" diameter X 3" long swelling needing narcotics typical?

I had total thyroidectomy due to huge multinodular goiter with compression 1 week ago. Is a 1.5" diameter X 3" long swelling needing narcotics typical?

Post-op pain: This really depends on how the surgery went. Opioids for post-op pain is fine, it has been 1.5 weeks so the need for the opioid should have reduced as you should be healing quite well. ...Read more

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10 hours post op, total thyroidectomy. Surgeon said was harder to remove than first thought due to hidden swelling. Normal to have lots of pain/stiff?

10 hours post op, total thyroidectomy. Surgeon said was harder to remove than first thought due to hidden swelling. Normal to have lots of pain/stiff?

Normal?: No it is not "normal" but it does happen. I presume you are still in the hospital - if so you must ask your surgeon for medication to control your pain. Hope all goes well. ...Read more

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Swelling around nail, yellow discloroation 26 yr old male, (if relevant: total thyroidectomy (papillary carcinoma) jan 2011). Swelling around the tip of finger to first joint of right ring finger. Yellow discoloration on cuticle and further around nail. P

Swelling around nail, yellow discloroation 26 yr old male, (if relevant: total thyroidectomy (papillary carcinoma) jan 2011). Swelling around the tip of finger to first joint of right ring finger. Yellow discoloration on cuticle and further around nail. P

Nail : Nail bed infections are called paronychia (try pronouncing that one) and they happen when the skin and soft tissue next to the nail bed get infected from a break in the skin. They are usually caused by staph and strep which are common skin contaminants. When they stay localized to the nail bed then hot soaks and some over the counter antibiotic ointment works well. However when you start to feel pain in the arm and up into the lymph nodes under the arm , then physicians worry about "blood poisoning" or spread of the bacterial infection from the nail bed into the lymph system. So that's a doctor visit and i wouldn't wait too long to be seen. Doubt it's related to your thyroid cancer however. ...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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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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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

Dr. David Schleimer
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Swelling (Definition)

Swelling is the enlargement of organs, skin, or other body parts. It is caused by a buildup of fluid in the tissues. The extra fluid can lead to a rapid increase in weight over a short period of time (days to weeks). Swelling can occur all over the body (generalized) or only in one part ...Read more


Thyroid (Definition)

The thyroid is an endocrine gland that sits in the lower part of the neck. It produces thyroid hormone - which ...Read more