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Doctor insights on: Total Thyroidectomy Surgery

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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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My wife 42, after total thyroidectomy surgery , a month later she received i-133 therapy 120 units. Full body scan shows no metastasis. Prognosis of it?

My wife 42, after total thyroidectomy surgery , a month later she received i-133 therapy 120 units. Full body scan shows no metastasis. Prognosis of it?

Thyroid surgery: It depends on the type of cancer and extent of the tumor. The lack of spread is a good thing. She will require periodic thyroid ultrasound in addition to the routine examinations and follow up with her physicians. ...Read more

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Dr. Bogar: how many successful total thyroidectomy surgeries have you performed on adults? And, is there a way to ensure that the scar isn't too bad?

Dr. Bogar: how many successful total thyroidectomy surgeries  have you performed on adults? And, is there a way to ensure that the scar isn't too bad?

Neck scars: Are typically the least noticeable of all scars. Face and neck tend to heal better. Most important put the scar along the natural creases (side to side ) in neck. Multiple layer of fine sutures. 4-0 deep and 5-0 running sq superficial. ...Read more

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Graves disease: want to start trying to conceive within 3 months. Is surgery (total thyroidectomy) the only option?

Graves disease: want to start trying to conceive within 3 months. Is surgery (total thyroidectomy) the only option?

NMS but: you should really talk to an endocrinologist about this. In the meanwhile, don't set any deadline for your pregnancy until you get the thyroid under control. ...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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How long will I have to weight to sing after my thyroidectomy? Surgery is Jan 28th, band is playing a benefit Feb 7th. I do backups only.

How long will I have to weight to sing after my thyroidectomy? Surgery is Jan 28th, band is playing a benefit Feb 7th. I do backups only.

Should be OK: Hi. We must assume the thyroidectomy is being done for thyroid cancer. In the hands of a good surgeon, recurrent laryngeal nerve (the nerves that drive the vocal cords) damage is extremely unlikely, and the surgical wound heals quite quickly. So if you're comfortable, go ahead and sing! And good luck with your thyroid disease process! And it's how long you have to wait, not "weight". ...Read more

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How soon after a total thyroidectomy can you smoke cigarettes? Will smoking before the surgery affect anything?

How soon after a total thyroidectomy can you smoke cigarettes? Will smoking before the surgery affect anything?

Smoking: Ask your surgeon, but likely not recommended right after surgery. He or she will inform you when you can resume your regular activities. May be good opportunity to quit! ...Read more

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How long after a complete thyroidectomy and radioactive iodine until you get your stamina back? My surgery was october 19, 2010 and ri was done nov 30

How long after a complete thyroidectomy and radioactive iodine until you get your stamina back? My surgery was october 19, 2010 and ri was done nov 30

Post thyroidactomy: You should feel normal ( if not hyper) after around 3-4 weeks from starting your thyroid replacement therapy . Not feeling well . Is usually due to both either over or under replacement. Check your levels and adjust treent. ...Read more

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Is there any doctor that would perform a thyroidectomy with a ft4 of 48.8?, i seem to be resistent to medication and i'm willing to risk the surgery.

Is there any doctor that would perform a thyroidectomy with a ft4 of 48.8?, i seem to be resistent to medication and i'm willing to risk the surgery.

Graves treatment: The treatment of graves disease includes medications, radioactive iodine, or surgery. All are acceptable forms of treatment you should see an endocrinologist to help guide you and determine whether you really are resistant. Also, consider radioactive iodine as an alternative to surgery. If you decide on surgery, it should be done by an experienced thyroid surgeon, not just any general surgeon. ...Read more

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