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Is a hoarse voice normal after a tyroidectomy?

Is a hoarse voice normal after a tyroidectomy?

Depend on how long s: Voice changes expected following any surgical procedure, requiring general anesthesia ? this usually result from throat and laryngeal irritation from anesthesia tube (endotracheal tube), usually transient and last few days. In regard to thyroid surgery, specifically there is always risk of laryngeal nerve injury, which result in voice changes, this can be permanent or temporary. ...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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Is it ok to have pain 8 months after a discectomy? What kind of pain and what level is acceptable at this stage?

Is it ok to have pain 8 months after a discectomy? What kind of pain and what level is acceptable at this stage?

There is a 5-10% f: Failure rate especially if one is a smoker and if the back pain was more of a component than the leg pain suggesting that a fusion should have been done. In 1-2% of patients, nerve pain can develop related to post op changes. The rate of a recurrent disc herniation is 5%. Some studies suggest when surgery complicated by spinal fluid leak(1%risk) lower success rate as well. ...Read more

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Is it normal for a man in a coma (global anoxic damage), to have tears (after 1 week)? Is it a positive sign of improvement or progress?

Is it normal for a man in a coma (global anoxic damage), to have  tears (after 1 week)? Is it a positive sign of improvement or progress?

Change, not progress: During recuperation from global anoxic encephalopathy, recovery occurs first in the brainstem. Autonomic nuclei, which control tear formation are in the brainstem. Simple tear production does not imply recovery of higher function. ...Read more

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Is it common to have a temperature after a right hemicolectomy?

Is it common to have a temperature after a right hemicolectomy?

Depends: What you mean by temperature and how soon after surgery. Temps less than 101f are usually not too concerning in first days after surgery. Speak with your surgeon. ...Read more

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I had a fentons procedure a year ago and the scar is still sore and uncomfortable-is this normal? What treatment is recommended?

I had a fentons procedure a year ago and the scar is still sore and uncomfortable-is this normal? What treatment is recommended?

Not normal.: I'm very sorry that you have this complication. Usually the procedure is performed to treat pain in that area. So it's especially frustrating to have soreness and discomfort a year later. Physical therapy with a therpist who specializes in chronic pelvic and vulvar pain may be helpful. Alternative treatments such as acupuncture may be useful too. Using medications that lesson nerve pain may help. ...Read more

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What would be the reason for drooling saliva a week after tonsillectomy and adenoidectomy?

What would be the reason for drooling saliva a week after tonsillectomy and adenoidectomy?

Drooling: Many patients, especially children, after this surgery will avoid swallowing due to pain. Also, surgery will cause increased inflammation in the mouuth leading to more salivation. This will clear up after a few days. Do not take medicines to dry things up as these increase the risk iof bleeding. ...Read more

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What is the normal recovery time after 2 lg pes and a dvt..And should I see a pulmonologist?

What is the normal recovery time after 2 lg pes and a dvt..And should I see a pulmonologist?

2-4 months, and No: Usually the clots in your lungs dissolve over a period of months. Once this has occurred, you should feel pretty normal. Recovery from DVT and the leg swelling that goes along with it is variable. Sometimes people end up with long term swelling, lasting years. Some folks have little or no swelling after...Your pmd can take care of this problem usually. Heme doc good when cause of clots unclear. ...Read more

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What is recovery like after having a thymoma removed?

What is recovery like after having a thymoma removed?

Depends: If you have thymoma removed by "traditional" technique, median sternotomy (split breast bone), recovery can be several months. Modern techniques will allow you to go home day after surgery and recovery within few weeks or less. I encourage patients to seek out a well trained, modern, minimally invasive thoracic surgeon. ...Read more

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I had a partial paralysis of my face after the dentist injected me and it lasted for 3 hours. Is this normal and what causes it?

I had a partial paralysis of my face after the dentist injected me and it lasted for 3 hours. Is this normal and what causes it?

Bells Palsey: Temporary facial paralysis can happen after local anesthetic is used. It is not normally the intent of the dentist but if the facial nerve is anesthetized your face will droop for a short time. Usually the dentist is trying to anesthetize the sensory nerves but sometimes the motor nerve is anesthetized causing the muscles to relax. ...Read more

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Is it normal to have a blocked nostril and drippiness after ess and septoplasty? I fear this is csf. 2 weeks post op and this has been a week since.

Is it normal to have a blocked nostril and drippiness after ess and septoplasty? I fear this is csf. 2 weeks post op and this has been a week since.

Drainage after surg: It is normal to have some drainage after a sinus surgery and septoplasty. Irrigate the nose with saline. Use your Flonase if you have some. If the secretions are salty and clear you may have a leak especially of runny when you lean forward. Most likely this is normal mucous drainage after the surgery. Good luck. ...Read more

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If a laryngomalacia stridor reappears in a 1 year old is a bad prognosis?

If a laryngomalacia stridor reappears in a 1 year old is a bad prognosis?

Probably Not: If it totally disappeared and reappeared then an evaluationis probably necessary by your pediatrician or a pediatric ENT specialist.Bad progn osis?Unlikely, but probably more annoying. ...Read more

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20 yo son to have a lumbar laminectomy this week. How rare for a 20yo and what is recovery time ?

20 yo son to have a lumbar laminectomy this week. How rare for a 20yo and what is recovery time ?

Can happen: Mode people with spinal stenosis are are older but congenital stenosis can occur earlier. Recovery is anywhere from 2-6 weeks depending on how much work is done. ...Read more

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Is it common to have a UTI after a laproscopic surgery to remove a right ovary and cyst? Mum, 64, has symptoms 3 weeks post surgery.

Is it common to have a UTI after a laproscopic surgery to remove a right ovary and cyst? Mum, 64, has symptoms 3 weeks post surgery.

Can get UTI: In order to prevent injury to bladder , foley catheter is placed during surgery , which some times causes cystitis ( urinary bladder infection) encourage her to drink plenty of fluids , bring to the attention of her doctor , will give antibiotics to clear quickly and she will be fine. ...Read more

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Is minor heart pain after the first workout in a few months normal in 18 year old adolescent or does is it a cause of medical concern?

Is minor heart pain after the first workout in a few months normal in 18 year old adolescent or does is it a cause of medical concern?

Not heart: 18 year olds don't get heart pain (okay, you can never say never); but unless that person is diabetic or using cocaine, it doesn't happen. More likely (much more likely!), the new workouts have made the chest muscles sore and that's the cause of symptoms. ...Read more

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Is it normal to have nightsweats after a cold or mild flu or is this indicative of something more serious?

Is it normal to have nightsweats after a cold or mild flu or is this indicative of something more serious?

It can be nl: mainly it is the overall context and pattern. It used to be termed "the infection breaking" because it is indicative of the immune systems working. I see the opposite in elderly people getting pneumonia Most Weeks. But, they get the antibiotics and mostly do ok. Mostly there's some sweats in the improvement stage. BUT if infection NOT improving, continuing fever is NOT a good sign ...Read more

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Been reading about hoarseness after total thyroidectomy so basically even with the best surgeon you can have mild hoarseness or voice issues after?

Not really: hoarseness associated with a total thyroidectomy is usually related to either injury to or inflammation around the recurrent laryngeal nerve. It can be up to 10% risk of either temporary or permanent nerve damage. All the literature suggests that the most important factor in deciding a surgeon is volume. I only send my patients to high volume thyroid surgeons. ...Read more

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If I have a hemi thyroidectomy for nontoxic multinodular goiter, the other lobe that is already mild enlarged will grow faster and forms nodules?

If I have a hemi thyroidectomy for nontoxic multinodular goiter, the other lobe that is already mild enlarged will grow faster and forms nodules?

Goiter: Yes, the other side of your thyroid may grow. If your doctor treats you with levothyroxine, it may not grow as much, but there is a risk of making you hyperthyroid. It sounds like the remaining lobe also has nodules. Presumably the removed thyroid was free of cancer; why was the surgery performed? You probably should see an endocrinologist. ...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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How much should I worry about stridor?

How much should I worry about stridor?

A lot...: True stridor is considered a medical emergently since it represents an airway which is closing. If a patient truly has strider, 911 should be called and the person taken immediately to the nearest er. A tube may need to be placed in the airway so that artificial ventilation can be done while the etiology is diagnosed and treated. Stridor can be life-threatening and even fatal. ...Read more

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Please tell me what are some possible causes for stridor in adults?

Some causes: Acute: Airway trauma, laryngitis usually viral, shock or anaphylaxis, aspiration of foreign body, epiglottitis, and inhalation of smoke or noxious materials. Chronic: Laryngeal tumor, chronic infection and granulomatous disease TB, Wegener's, rheumatoid arthritis, extrinsic tumors pressing on airway, chronic intubation. ...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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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?

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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Thyroidectomy (Definition)

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