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3 weeks out of partial thyroid removal. Pre-surg TSH 1.27 miu/l: ft4 .9 ng/dl: after surgery TSH 3.150 miu/l: ft4 .96. Do i need medication?

3 weeks out of partial thyroid removal. Pre-surg TSH 1.27 miu/l: ft4 .9 ng/dl: after surgery  TSH 3.150 miu/l: ft4  .96. Do i need medication?

Not yet based on lab: Usually after partial or total thyroid removal it can take a while before medication may be needed. Every patient is different as to when they need medication. You are still making thyroid hormone from what's left, it appears your TSH has risen in just 3 weeks and may mean you might need medication soon. Normally we look for TSH to be above 4.5 before starting medication. ...Read more

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Dr. William Singer
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Thyroid (Definition)

The thyroid is an endocrine gland that sits in the lower part of the neck. It produces thyroid hormone - which ...Read more


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How is a thyroid removal different from parathyroidectomy? How are the surgeries similar? And how are they different ?

How is a thyroid removal different from parathyroidectomy? How are the surgeries similar?  And how are they different ?

Different glands: The thyroid and parathyroids are closely related in position. There are 4 parathyroids, one in the region of the upper and lower pole of the right and left thyroid lobes. When doing a thyroid resection the parathyroids are identified and separated. If only one thyroid lobe is removed and parathyroid blood supply lost, the remaining 2 parathyroids are sufficient to function. ...Read more

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I'm considering surgery to treat my overactive thyroid as the medication is not improving it, are there any dangerous side effects of thyroidectomy?

I'm considering surgery to treat my overactive thyroid as the medication is not improving it, are there any dangerous side effects of thyroidectomy?

Low risk: Risks are bleeding, infection, damage to nerve to voice box (1%), scar (100% but well hidden), low thyroid (100%--you will need thyroid hormone), low calcium--common but usually does not need treatment and recovers normally--rarely is very severe. ...Read more

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Can someone survive having thyroid removal?

Can someone survive having thyroid removal?

Yes: After total thyroid removal, has to take life long thyroid supplement synthetic thyroid hormone. ...Read more

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How often does thyroid removal injure vocal cord nerves?

How often does thyroid removal injure vocal cord nerves?

Very rare: Injury to laryngeal nerves are very rare due to current meticulous techniques and done by highly trained professionals. ...Read more

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Recently diagnosed hashimotos should I opt for thyroid removal?

Recently diagnosed hashimotos should I opt for thyroid removal?

Hashimotos thyroid: Would recommend discussing your options best for you with a thyroid specialist or endocronologist. ...Read more

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Could you share their experience of post operative thyroid removal?

Could you share their experience of post operative thyroid removal?

Cancer?: Hi. Usually the thyroid is taken out for thyroid cancer. That has its own treatment protocol following thyroidectomy. Without going into that (since the circumstance is not stated, and I'm not here to guess or assume), after thyroidectomy, you need to treat the hypothyroidism. That's cheap & easy. The goal of treatment is slightly different whether it was thyroid cancer or not. To your health! ...Read more

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How long does it take to perform a subtotal thyroidectomy and removal of a tumor on the right side of the thyroid?

How long does it take to perform a subtotal thyroidectomy and removal of a tumor on the right side of the thyroid?

Two hours: Does depend on any prior scarring, procedures invasion, and speed of the particular surgeon- very careful, is the key since important adjacent structures. ...Read more

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Thyroid removal side effects and does calcium have side effects?

Thyroid removal side effects and does calcium have side effects?

Levothyroxine: If only a part of the thyroid gland was removed then unlikely to see side effects. If entire gland removed you will need to be on thyroid replacement therapy = levothyroxine. You shouldn't have any issues with calium. ...Read more

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How to restore dry brittle hair after thyroid removal?

How to restore dry brittle hair after thyroid removal?

Thyroid replacement: Take the proper dose of brand name thyroid replacement (t4). Your hair will eventually grow back out normally, but it may take 6-8 months depending upon the length of your hair. Also, any chemicals (coloring agents, straighteners, etc) can also cause brittle hair no matter what your thyroid status is. ...Read more

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Im two weeks post full thyroid removal. I am a migraine sufferer. I have now started synthroid (thyroxine) since then my headaches are worse and I am achy.

Im two weeks post full thyroid removal.  I am a migraine sufferer.   I have now started synthroid (thyroxine) since then my headaches are worse and  I  am achy.

Needs synthroid (thyroxine): Due to full thyroid removal your body is not producing any thyroid which your body needs. Hence it is supplemented with medications like Synthroid (thyroxine). The dose you need will be determined by the follow up blood tests. you will need to have your headaches treated at the same time. Please follow up with the physician who was treating your headaches and get the proper treatment for this also. ...Read more

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With a total thyroid removal , Is there another type of complete blood test can be done besides T3&T4 to make sure Levrothroxine is working.

With a total thyroid removal , Is there another type of complete blood test can be done besides T3&T4 to make sure Levrothroxine is working.

Check TSH: The doctor usually checks the TSH level in the blood, and tries to make it a normal level. The doctor will adjust the levothyroxine dose, to get the TSH (thyroid stimulating hormone) to go to a normal level, and to get the patient to feel well again. ...Read more

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Hi, have found a lump on the back of my head to the right, I've had a very sore neck for the last few weeks, 1yr ago had complete thyroid removal is it all connected? The lump is the size of a coin

Hi, have found a  lump on the back of my head to the right, I've  had a very sore neck for the last few weeks, 1yr ago had complete thyroid removal  is it all connected?  The lump is the size of a coin

Head Lump: The thyroid gland is low in the front of the neck, almost into your chest. It is not likely related given a couple of factors: 1. your thyroid surgery was over a year ago, 2. any problems from the thyroid would likely present in the front of the neck or upper chest. A lump in the back of the neck or head is most commonly a lymph node, but you should probably have it examined to make sure. ...Read more

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I've been offered a clinical trial on my migraines. It came through the email I have participated in feedback from doing the boots injections. However I'm post thyroid removal and my migraines have been going crazy. Honestly my care doctors have blown

I've been offered a clinical trial on my migraines. It came through the email I have participated in feedback from doing the boots injections.   However I'm post thyroid removal and my migraines have been going crazy.   Honestly my care doctors have blown

Get more information: about the clinical trial. It may be worth your participating in the trial if your migraines are getting worse in spite of your medical care. Make sure that the trial is legitimate and FDA controlled. Participation in a clinical trial can offer state-of-art treatments that are not otherwise available. Make sure you let the trial center know about your thyroid surgery which is likely to exclude U. ...Read more

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Dr. William Culviner
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Thyroidectomy (Definition)

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