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What can I expect after having a thyroidectomy and radioiodine treatment for ptu (propylthiouracil)?

What can I expect after having a thyroidectomy and radioiodine treatment for ptu (propylthiouracil)?

Hypothyroidism: Lifelong need for thyroid hormone replacement. Watch calcium and parathyroid function as well. Endocrinologist needs to monitor for recurrence of cancer (i presume that's why you had these procedures) ...Read more

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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How many days after total thyroidectomy can I expect to be able to care for my 9mo daughter by myself?

Extremely variable: but some people are able to resume normal activities the next day. Check w/your doctor about your specific situation. ...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?

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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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

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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