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Will I gain weight after thyroidectomy?

Will I gain weight after thyroidectomy?

Thyroid and weight: Appropriate treatment soon after thyroidectomy (surgical removal of the thyroid) should include thyroid hormone replacement. This should provide adequate amount of thyroid hormone so that there should be no impact on weight. ...Read more

Dr. Brendan Stack Jr.
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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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How long does a total thyroidectomy take?

How long does a total thyroidectomy take?

Thyroidectomy: Total thyroidectomy time varies drpending on how is it done, size of the thyroid and body habitus. Minimally invasive technique in experienced hands takes less than 30 min. ...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 is it like to have a total thyroidectomy?

What is it like to have a total thyroidectomy?

A routine surgery...: Will aim to remove all thyroid tissue. This is done sometimes for goiter, thyroiditis, or cancer. There is typically a single, midline neck incision that is used for removal of the organ. Afterwards you may receive radioactive iodine to kill any cells that might have been missed. You will need thyroid replacement on a daily basis after the surgery for the rest of your life. ...Read more

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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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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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What are the effects of a partial thyroidectomy?

It removes: A portion of your thyroid. You will definitely need life-long replacement with brand name T4 after the surgery. There are some risks, including potential damage to laryngeal nerve and parathyroid glands, but risks should be minimal with a good surgeon. Depends upon the indication for the surgery in the first place. ...Read more

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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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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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How long is the typical recovery from a thyroidectomy?

How long is the typical recovery from a thyroidectomy?

1 week: Light physical activity was recommended after thyroidectomy for 1 week. Pain is usually mild after thyroidectomy! ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: thyroidectomy?

What is the definition or description of: thyroidectomy?

Thyroidectomy: Is the surgical removal of the thyroid gland ...Read more

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When should I start exercising after having a thyroidectomy?

When should I start exercising after having a thyroidectomy?

2 weeks: I usually recommend my patients to avoid exercising and heavy lifting for two weeks following thyroid surgery. ...Read more

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How much tissue is left behind after a total thyroidectomy?

How much tissue is left behind after a total thyroidectomy?

Ideally none: A total thyroidectomy is done to remove all visible or gross thyroid tissue. We know as surgeons, that despite out best efforts, there may be a small amount of tissue left behind. That is why it is important to have post surgical radioactive iodine therapy if you are being treated for thyroid cancer. ...Read more

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After? A thyroidectomy will you always have to take medication?

Yes: After a thyroidectomy, you will need thyroid hormone replacement since the thyroid is no longer there. ...Read more

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What is the best diet for a person after a total thyroidectomy?

What is the best diet for a person after a total thyroidectomy?

No best diet: The most important thing you need to do after a total thyroidectomy is to take your thyroid hormone replacement. There is no specific diet which is best but if you were hyperthyroid you will tend to regain lost weight and watching your total calories is a good idea. ...Read more

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Is it normal to feel pretty sick after a sub-total thyroidectomy?

Yes: General anesthesia can make some patients very sick with nausea or even vomitting. Thyroidectomy can also cause neck pain and general anesthesia can cause a sore throat due to intubation! Subtotal thyroidectomy can lead to hypothyroidism with symptoms of lethargy, weakness, cold intolerance and weight gain. ...Read more

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How long after a partial thyroidectomy before you feel "normal" again?

How long after a partial thyroidectomy before you feel "normal" again?

4 to 6 weeks: Give yourself 4 to 6 weeks. If you still feel bad, get a calcium level. ...Read more

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How long does it usually take after total thyroidectomy for your levels to change?

A long time!: Great question! After thyroidectomy levels may take 2-6 weeks to fall enough to notice. Since you listed Propranolol as a medication I'm guessing you had your thyroid removed because it was overactive. In that case your levels might be high for a while. ...Read more

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I have gained over 10lbs since my total thyroidectomy 4 months ago and I eat a lot. Is this normal to gain the weight?

I have gained over 10lbs since my total thyroidectomy 4 months ago and I eat a lot. Is this normal to gain the weight?

Not usually: First of all, it is important to return to your endocrinologist or internist to have your thyroid levels checked. It is possible that you are not taking enough thyroid medication. It would also depend on the reason for having the total thyroidectomy. If is was for an overactive thyroid, your metabolism might have been "revved up" before surgery and now, if normal, you could gain weight easily. ...Read more

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I had a partial thyroidectomy in 03, I had my 2nd child in 05, my levels have been off an I've gained a lot of weight. How can I correct this problem?

I had a partial thyroidectomy in 03, I had my 2nd child in 05, my levels have been off an I've gained a lot of weight. How can I correct this problem?

Hypothyroidism: See you primary care doctor for blood test to confirm your under active thyroid condition. Prescription of thyroid replacement hormone pill will correct the problem! ...Read more

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Total thyroidectomy 10 years ago. Numbers stable. Last four months low numbers. Levo increased from 50mcg to 88 to 150 to 175. why am I not absobing?

Total thyroidectomy 10 years ago. Numbers stable. Last four months low numbers. Levo increased from 50mcg to 88 to 150 to 175. why am I not absobing?

This is common: The reason that it is important to continue checking thyroid function regularly for the remainder of life after thyroidectomy is because the requirements for thyroid hormone replacement can change at any time without any identifiable cause. It is not unusual for a person to require high doses of thyroid replacement following total thyroidectomy. There is no reason for concern about absorption. ...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