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What are the common complications of thyroidectomy?

What are the common complications of thyroidectomy?

Depends: In experienced surgeon's hands the complications are minimal. For example my patients have a less than 1% incidence of hoarseness, infection or hematoma. The risk of permanent hypoparathyroidism is less than 1:1000 also in my hands. ...Read more

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Noisy High Pitched Breathing (Definition)

Stridor is an abnormal, high-pitched, musical breathing sound caused by a blockage in the throat or voice box (larynx). It is usually heard when ...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 can one know how many surgeries a doctor has performed? Read that when getting a thyroidectomy, it is very important to know how many thyroidectomies the surgeon has performed. The more surgeries, the less the risk of complication.

How can one know how many surgeries a doctor has performed? Read that when getting a thyroidectomy, it is very important to know how many thyroidectomies the surgeon has performed. The more surgeries, the less the risk of complication.

This : This is a difficult question to answer, as there are no specific sites that record the number of surgical procedures that one surgeon performs. A board certified general surgeon or an ENT surgeon usually indicates a surgeon who maintains a degree of current knowledge and expertise that usually includes thyroid surgery. Your state medical board may have some quality reports, and your insurance company may also know specialists in your area that have experience in thyroid surgery. Maybe the best way is to ask your family physician who is good, and also ask your surgeon their experience. You can also get more than one surgical opinion as well, asking each one their experience. I also agree with the previous doctor's answer who said that asking a local hospital nurse can be very helpful. ...Read more

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Had total thyroidectomy in January no complications for MNG. Have had a cold nose , to touch and clear Post nasal drip and light hoarse voice , why?

Had total thyroidectomy in January no complications for MNG.  Have had a cold nose , to touch and clear Post nasal drip and  light hoarse voice , why?

Could be Rhinitis: Chronic rhinitis presents with a variety of symptoms including nasal congestion, running, ear fullness, itching (eyes and nose), and post-nasal drip that can be seasonal or year round. Triggers can be allergic (animal dander, pollen, dust mites) or non-allergic (strong scents/odors, cleaning products, weather changes). See an Allergist to determine if your symptoms are consistent with above. ...Read more

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What are good diets after thyroidectomy?

What are good diets after thyroidectomy?

Why thyroidectomy?: Hi. Was it thyroid cancer? Most likely reason for total thyroidectomy. Best diet: healthy one! Whole grains, nuts, legumes, fruits & veggies, healthy oils (canola & olive), lean meats, nonfat dairy; little or no white flour, white rice, simple sugar, high fructose corn syrup. Best of luck with your thyroid cancer! ...Read more

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What's the recovery time from a thyroidectomy?

What's the recovery time from a thyroidectomy?

Normally a few days: For routine thyroid surgery, such as for graves disease or a benign nodule, surgery can be done on an outpatient basis and recovery is fairly fast. Hormone replacement begins immediately. For cancer surgery, the procedure may be more extensive and recovery may be longer. If there are complications, such as low blood calcium, or a hoarse voice, then other outpatient treatments will be needed. ...Read more

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My question is should I undergo thyroidectomy?

My question is should I undergo thyroidectomy?

What for?: There are many reasons to have a thyroidectomy: cancer, suspicious nodules, goiter or nodule with compressive symptoms, uncontrolled hyperthyroidism, genetic syndromes with high likelihood of cancer. You should be seen by a surgeon who does a lot of thyroid procedures and have a full discussion about your reasons. If you are having trouble deciding get a second opinion. ...Read more

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How common is it for someone to need a thyroidectomy?

How common is it for someone to need a thyroidectomy?

Common: In this day & age where people are getting imaging studies more frequently, "incidental" thyroid nodules are found more easily, leading to more biopsy and more surgery. Approx 50, 000 new thyroid cancer cases are expected in 2011 resulting in approx 2000 deaths. The decision to proceed with surgery depends on discussion between you and your treating physicians (surgeon, pcp & endocrinologist). ...Read more

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Can a person have stridor with a trach?

Can a person have stridor with a trach?

Complications: Complications related to chronic tracheostomy such as granulation tissue, stenosis , or web will cause stridor following extubation. Airway should be evaluated by imaging or endoscopy before extubating patient to avoid subsequent ventilation problemsl. ...Read more

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Can you get a goitre after a thyroidectomy?

Yes: I have patients that have had half of the gland removed. The other half can then continue to grow and need to be removed. This is rare and may take many years to develop. Most have no problem. It would be even rarer if the remnant were very small. ...Read more

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Could absorbable sutures be used in a hemi-thyroidectomy?

Could absorbable sutures be used in a hemi-thyroidectomy?

Absorbable sutures: They can be used in thyroidectomies,, both hemis and totals. I have done it that way since 1999. ...Read more

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Im total thyroidectomy is there a chance to get pregnant?

Im total thyroidectomy is there a chance to get pregnant?

Thyroidectomy: If you have had a total thyroidectomy your doctor must have started you on replacement thyroid hormone.

In that case, once your thyroid levels are under control there is no thyroid reason for you not to get pregnant. ...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

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Wondering if its safe to take supplements after thyroidectomy?

Wondering if its safe to take supplements after thyroidectomy?

You're: Taking prescription thyroid medication, if you're talking dietary supplements it's the same they're not regulated and hard to tell what's really in them and any toxins ...Read more

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Which is more effective? A radioactive pill or a thyroidectomy?

Which is more effective? A radioactive pill or a thyroidectomy?

Either one works: If you have hyperthyroidism from Graves disease, either treatment works well. There are potential complications from surgery, although less if you have an experienced surgeon who specializes in thyroid surgery. RAI works with one treatment most of the time for Graves. Talk to your Endocrinologist and go with his/her advice. ...Read more

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How would you no when a patient is bleeding after a thyroidectomy?

How would you no when a patient is bleeding after a thyroidectomy?

Swelling, tender, re: If the area is swollen and tender or getting red, you need to see your doctor immediately! ...Read more

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Is there an alternative for a thyroidectomy of a multi modular goiter?

Is there an alternative for a thyroidectomy of a multi modular goiter?

Hmmm: Depends why thyroidectomy was recommended. If its because size is causing compressive symptoms like trouble swallowing or breathing then no. If one of themanynodules is concerning for cancer than no. You don't necessarily have to have it out just because you have many nodules. ...Read more

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How long after my partial thyroidectomy will my hormone levels move to normal?

How long after my partial thyroidectomy will my hormone levels move to normal?

Depends on amount: Most will return to normal within 2w, some never do and a supplement may be necessary. If your pre surgery TSH was <2, and 4wafter surgery it is >4, i would recommend supplement. ...Read more

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Had total thyroidectomy and went hyper 2 days later. Severe panic. What happend?

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Had total thyroidectomy and went hyper 2 days later. Severe panic. What happend?

Panic: Several possibilities, depending on whether you had history of anxiety, how prepared were you for the surgery, expectations, support system, etc. Possibilities postoperatively are; hormonal changes secondary to changes in thyroid status, fears & worries after the surgery, effect of medications prescribed or changed postoperatively, rebound from medication changes. Discuss with your surgeon. ...Read more

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What are the side effects of complete thyroidectomy? Any alteration in body weight?

What are the side effects of complete thyroidectomy? Any alteration in body weight?

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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Total thyroidectomy 9 days ago. What would happen if I stopped taking levothyroxine?

Total thyroidectomy 9 days ago. What would happen if I stopped taking levothyroxine?

Can't live without: What happens if a driver takes her foot off the gas? The car would coast while slowing down, and then roll slowly until either hitting a speed bump or running out of gas. Then the car just stops and/or the engine dies. Humans cannot live without thyroid hormone. If one cannot make her own hormone anymore, she can take levothyroxine hormone pills at the correct dose, and live normally. ...Read more

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I would like to ask you if total thyroidectomy is a reason for my two miscarriages?

I  would like to ask you if total thyroidectomy is a reason for my two  miscarriages?

How was it treated?: This is a complex question, so I'd encourage using HealthTap Prime or talking to your primary doctor. The answer depends on the reason (diagnosis) you needed thyroidectomy (cancer? other?) & treatment thereafter. Was your thyroid hormone levels adequately replaced? Were you under care of an Endocrinologist? If properly treated, thyroidectomy for a benign cause shouldn't lead to miscarriage. TTYD. ...Read more

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If you have had stridor after extubation is your chances of it happening again increased?

Quite common: Laryngeal edema is common cause of airway obstruction
after extubation in intensive care patients and is thought to
arise from direct mechanical trauma to larynx by the
endotracheal tube. Sometimes edema associated with difficult intubation. If anatomy different, and intubation continues to be difficult, can have recurrent laryngeal edema. ...Read more

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Do you think I should go with radioactive pill or thyroidectomy? Which one is less dangerous

Do you think I should go with radioactive pill or thyroidectomy? Which one is less dangerous

Talk to your doc: The choice of treatment encompasses many factors; talk to your endocrinologist. One big factor: who would do the surgery? Complications of surgery are lower with someone who does a lot of thyroid surgery, rather than a case now and then. If you have graves eye disease, surgery may be preferred over rai. ...Read more

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I undergone for a total thyroidectomy last sept. Would i get pregnant after the procedure ?

Yes: If you take the proper dose of thyroid hormone you should be able to get pregnant if your ovaries are normal. ...Read more

Dr. Brendan Stack Jr.
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Thyroidectomy (Definition)

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