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3 weeks out of partial thyroid removal. Pre-surg TSH 1.27 miu/l: ft4 .9 ng/dl: after surgery TSH 3.150 miu/l: ft4 .96. Do i need medication?

3 weeks out of partial thyroid removal. Pre-surg TSH 1.27 miu/l: ft4 .9 ng/dl: after surgery  TSH 3.150 miu/l: ft4  .96. Do i need medication?

Not yet based on lab: Usually after partial or total thyroid removal it can take a while before medication may be needed. Every patient is different as to when they need medication. You are still making thyroid hormone from what's left, it appears your TSH has risen in just 3 weeks and may mean you might need medication soon. Normally we look for TSH to be above 4.5 before starting medication. ...Read more

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Dr. William Culviner
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Thyroidectomy (Definition)

This is the removal of all or part of the thyroid gland. It is generally performed for rumors of the gland, occasionally for enlarged and hyper functioning glands that do ...Read more


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How is a thyroid removal different from parathyroidectomy? How are the surgeries similar? And how are they different ?

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

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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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No period since June 2014/ total thyroidectomy for NMG 1/2015 .Sweating under armpits, warmer, yeast infections. 49yrs. Is this menopausal or thyroid?

No period since June 2014/ total thyroidectomy for NMG 1/2015 .Sweating under armpits, warmer, yeast infections. 49yrs. Is this menopausal  or thyroid?

Menopause or Both: It could be both. If there is no contraindication, consider Estroven or estrogen replacement but definitely discuss with your gynecologist or FP doctor. ...Read more

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Can thyroidism affect my monthly period?

Can thyroidism affect my monthly period?

Yes: Thyroid disease is one of the first things we check for when a woman has any abnormal bleeding pattern. ...Read more

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Hi my TSH 3rd generation result is 100. I have always been overweight and have recently gained a little bit of weight. Have irregular periods and recently there has been issue of constipation. It seems I would fall into the category of hypo-thyroidism. Am

Hi my TSH 3rd generation result is 100. I have always been overweight and have recently gained a little bit of weight. Have irregular periods and recently there has been issue of constipation.
It seems I would fall into the category of hypo-thyroidism.
Am

I'm not sure what: ..units are being used to measure your TSH level, but 100??? In the USA, the standard value that labs use to measure TSH is microunits/ml and normal values range from 0.4 to 4.0 microunits/ml. If you're TSH is 100 mcu/ml, then definitely something's wrong with your thyroid or the hormones regulating it. This test result requires follow up and either clarification or treatment. ...Read more

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How long is the recovery period after keloid surgery removal?

How long is the recovery period after keloid surgery removal?

Keloid : Really depends on where the surgery was performed. Keloids develop on the chest and shoulders so it it not uncommon after for them to need weeks to heal properly depending and the size and depth. ...Read more

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If i undergo lobe removal surgery due presence of bronchiectasis , will i be able to sit without help and bend forward in recovery period?

If i undergo lobe removal surgery due presence of  bronchiectasis , will i be able to sit without help and bend forward in recovery period?

Too specific: Need to know how well (or if ) you can do that now, which lobe (upper/lower), which approach (anterior / posterior / lateral / window / vats), etc. These are good questions for your surgeon pre-op so you can better plan for your post-op needs for care. ...Read more

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Dr. Al Hegab
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Thyroid (Definition)

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