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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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I am 2 days post op after a total thyroidectomy. What can I do for shoulder and neck stiffness?

I am 2 days post op after a total thyroidectomy. What can I do for shoulder and neck stiffness?

Do not disturb: at only 2 days out, you certainly would not want to disturb anything. Best thing is just very gentle active stretching and possibly very gentle massage to the back of the neck but by no means around R over the incision site. This stiffness in all probability is secondary to the way you had to be positioned to get to the thyroid gland. ...Read more

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Firm, non-tender, crescent-shaped lump above total thyroidectomy scar three weeks post-op. Would massage be of benefit, or should I give it time?

Firm, non-tender, crescent-shaped lump above total thyroidectomy scar three weeks post-op.  Would massage be of benefit, or should I give it time?

Yes: massage+time: This may benefit from time and massage. However there may be another minor problem such as suture abscess or hematoma. This may require incision and drainage or aspiration or injection. Your surgeon is the best person to determine this. ...Read more

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2 wks post op thyroidectomy. Skin pulls up when I swallow. The MD had a term for it but I can't remember ? Suggested I massage scar manually. Name?

2 wks post op thyroidectomy. Skin pulls up when I swallow. The MD had a term for it but I can't remember ? Suggested I massage scar manually. Name?

Scar tissue: After some types of surgery one may develop adhesions that are fibrous bands and I think that is what your surgeon was referring to. Also the surface of the skin may have a scar. His/her suggestion is well taken. Use a good hand lotion when massaging.Be gentle. ...Read more

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Hyperthyroid 5 years with toxic nodule pre hemi thyroidectomy supressed TSH elevated T4 T3 (liothyronine) 10 days post op TSH supressed low T4 T3 (liothyronine) am i hyper or hypo?

Hyperthyroid 5 years with toxic nodule pre hemi thyroidectomy supressed TSH elevated T4 T3 (liothyronine) 10 days post op TSH supressed low T4 T3 (liothyronine) am i hyper or hypo?

Difficult to answer: Since you're on ptu (propylthiouracil) which inhibits thyroid function and hormone production. Would have to know when and how much ptu (propylthiouracil) you've been taking and serial lab values to determine the answer. If your TSH is still suppressed, you're probably still hyperthyroid, but more or longer therapy w/ptu (propylthiouracil) may help. Methimazole may be safer than put. Think about radio iodine therapy w/your doctor. ...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?

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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I have had a full thyroidectomy, my blood is normal 2 06. I can't understand why since the operation 10 months ago i'm gaining weight?

I have had a full thyroidectomy, my blood is normal 2 06. I can't understand why since the operation 10 months ago i'm gaining weight?

Difficult to know: As a surgeon, I have heard this complaint on occasion. There are many causes of weight gain, and thyroid levels are only one. Have you discussed this with your doctor or endocrinologist? ...Read more

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A 40 year old man had thyroidectomy 2 years ago and now he has decrease in sexual excitement. Does it has somerhing to do with his operation?

A 40 year old man had thyroidectomy 2 years ago and now he has decrease in sexual excitement. Does it has somerhing to do with his operation?

Maybe: With the removal of or part of the thyroid gland, can lead to a form of hypothyroidism. A person can present with fatigue, depression and many other symptoms. These symptoms may indirectly cause a decreased sex drive. Please consult your doctor to properly diagnose the issue and proceed towards proper therapy..Simple lab tests will determine if the thyroid issues are contributing. ...Read more

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If you have hyperthyroidism before a partial thyroidectomy, will I have it after the operation?

If you have hyperthyroidism before a partial thyroidectomy, will I have it after the operation?

Possibly: Depends on reason for surgeryif surgery is for graves disease, total thyroid extinct warranted. If done for hot nodule, surgery to remove nodule will be curative. ...Read more

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After a full thyroidectomy a year ago, i keep getting sore throats, can there be a connection to the operation please?

After a full thyroidectomy  a year ago, i keep getting sore throats, can there be a connection to the operation please?

Unlikely: Recurrent sore throats is not a common or likely side affect of thyroidectomy. If let your surgeon know and if he is not concerned (depending on your individual case), then an ENT visit will be worthwhile assuming the original surgeon wasn't an ENT :). ...Read more

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Can you tell me diets after thyroidectomy?

Can you tell me diets after thyroidectomy?

Anything fine: After a thyroidectomy there is generally restriction on what you can and cannot eat. Generally you may have some neck soreness immediately post-op which may be better to eat soft foods or liquids, but this should resolve in a day or two. ...Read more

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What foods to avoid after a total thyroidectomy?

What foods to avoid after a total thyroidectomy?

Thyroidectomy diet: "there are no uniform general dietary restrictions for patients who have had thyroid surgery, however your surgeon may ask you to temporarily institute a low iodine diet if you need to receive radio-iodine treatment for cancer after thyroidectomy." http://www.Utsouthwestern.Edu/utsw/cda/dept48055/files/317737.Html. ...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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