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Thyroid Removal Side Effects
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
How long does it take to perform a subtotal thyroidectomy and removal of a tumor on the right side of the thyroid?
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 found another lump on left side of neck, how likely is cancer still roaming my body after thyroidectomy w/rt lymph node removal and i121 treatment?
Very rare: Injury to laryngeal nerves are very rare due to current meticulous techniques and done by highly trained professionals. ...Read more
Hashimotos thyroid: Would recommend discussing your options best for you with a thyroid specialist or endocronologist. ...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
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
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
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
Is standardize black cohosh safe to use for menepause symptoms? On Levrothroxine 125 mg in AM. Total Thyroidectomy and celexa (citalopram) Any Side effects?
Safe but effective?: To date, the use of the herbal medication, black cohash, used as directed, 20mg daily, has been safe but recent large randomized studies have not shown it to be statistically effective in relieving menopausal symptoms. Like other herbal medications, the long term use of these drugs has not been throughly studied. There is no known contraindication using black cohosh with your other medications. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Thyroid replacement: Take the proper dose of brand name thyroid replacement (t4). Your hair will eventually grow back out normally, but it may take 6-8 months depending upon the length of your hair. Also, any chemicals (coloring agents, straighteners, etc) can also cause brittle hair no matter what your thyroid status is. ...Read more
What is your opinion: should rai absolutely be given after thyroid removal with a <1cm malignant nodule with hurthle/onocytic cell changes.?
I'm considering surgery to treat my overactive thyroid as the medication is not improving it, are there any dangerous side effects of thyroidectomy?
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