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When does the lump in the throat go away after thyroid surgery?

When does the lump in the throat go away after thyroid surgery?

Thyroid surgery: There are many lumps in your throat, most of which are normal structures. Thyroid surgery will only remove the thyroid. Talk to you doctor about exactly what you are feeling, because it is possible that your symptoms are not related to thyroid. ...Read more

Dr. Mark Loury
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Thyroid Surgery (Definition)

Surgical removal of the thyroid can be performed safely in experienced hands. Risks include general anesthesia, bleeding, infection, injury to nerve that moves vocal cord causing hoarseness and swallowing difficulties, injury to parathyroid glands causing low calcium and need for medications, need for thyroid medications, scar and ...Read more


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I'd like to get a tatoo. But I form keloids. I have one on my chest from my chemo port insertion and one on my neck from thyroid surgery.

I'd like to get a tatoo. But I form keloids. I have one on my chest from my chemo port insertion and one on my neck from thyroid surgery.

You should get: A small trial one in an inconspicuous area, to make sure that you don't form keloids with tatoo. Keloids form more commonly in areas where skin is close to bone, without any subcutaneous tissue, such as over the sternum. ...Read more

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I ask I'm almost 1half month done my thyroid surgery why it's still I fell my neck is to tired thank u?

I ask I'm almost 1half month done my thyroid surgery why it's still I fell my neck is to tired thank u?

There will be: A NORMAL "thickening" at the site of your surgery for several months after the procedure! In addition any fatigue you had prior to the surgery I assume will respond to thyroid replacement (if indicated) or a little "tincture of time"!

Hope this helps! BE WELL!
Dr Z ...Read more

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My sis, had total thyroidectomy in 2012 due to papillary thyroid ca, she feels a lump on her neck, tg and scan were normal, what could it be?

My sis, had total thyroidectomy in 2012 due to papillary thyroid ca, she feels a lump on her neck, tg and scan were normal, what could it be?

Show it to her docto: After surgery for cancer, one needs to have follow up visits with the doctor who did the operation. The doctor can examine her and let you/her know what it is that she is feeling. If the surgeon is not available, she can go see any doctor like an internist or an endocrinologist whom she saw in the beginning of 2012 (before surgery was done). ...Read more

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There's enlargement on my neck. Blood tests returned normal. Ultrasound showed there's a mass in my thyroid. Fnab said it's benign. Is surgery needed?

There's enlargement on my neck. Blood tests returned normal. Ultrasound showed there's a mass in my thyroid. Fnab said it's benign. Is surgery needed?

It's your call: Unless there's some reason to doubt the fine needle biopsy results, or the mass is uncomfortable or unsightly, you're welcome to leave it in. ...Read more

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I have a damaged vocal cord due to Thyroidectomy, lately I noticed an internal lump above collar bone left to the neck, could it be related?

I have a damaged vocal cord due to Thyroidectomy, lately I noticed an internal lump above collar bone left to the neck, could it be related?

Perhaps, if: Your thyroidictomy was performed for cancer, it could be recurrence in lymph node. Otherwise, lump is probably not directly related to nerve damage. Ask your surgeon for further advice. ...Read more

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I have a question I have these lumps on my neck from my previous surgery my doctor thinks there muscle knots can they be seen on a MRI?

I have a question I have these lumps on my neck from my previous surgery my doctor thinks there muscle knots can they be seen on a MRI?

Yes: MRI has great resolution for muscle, but it'd be a VERY expensive test to just diagnose some muscle knots. There may be more serious things that an MRI can pick up, i.e. enlarged lymph nodes in your neck, but this would be unlikely unless you were also having fevers, fatigue, night sweats, or some sign of infection. Try warm compresses and a massage to see if they'll go away. ...Read more

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I have a lump the size of the meatball on the front of my neck. If I see a doctor will they likely recommend surgery?

I have a lump the size of the meatball on the front of my neck. If I see a doctor will they likely recommend surgery?

Sounds big: Definitely get that looked at asap! If you start having difficulty breathing, especially when on your back, go to er. As to what it is, can be goiter, cyst, lymph node or other things. Workup starts with exam, then may lead to imaging like ultrasound, ct or mri. May get biopsy and blood draws. But first step is going to doctor! ...Read more

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I have been having trouble swallowing and having a lot of acid come out of my throat as well. Do you know what could be wrong? I had thyroid surgery b4

I have been having trouble swallowing and having a lot of acid come out of my throat as well. Do you know what could be wrong? I had thyroid surgery b4

Need to be examined: There is absolutely no way of knowing what could be wrong without an examination by a health care provider. I would strongly recommend you get examined by a physician or dentist to determine what the cause is and how to treat it. ...Read more

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I had thyroid surgery about 5 years ago and started back smokinh recently but I feel a lump in my throat when smoking. Should I be concerned?

I had thyroid surgery about 5 years ago and started back smokinh recently but I feel a lump in my throat when smoking. Should I be concerned?

Absolutely yes: You did it once: do it again. QUIT SMOKING. Whatever it takes. Go to hypnosis every day for 2 weeks. A Dr may help you. ...Read more

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How long can you recover from thyroid surgery?

How long can you recover from thyroid surgery?

Should be <6 weeks: Varies for many, but wound strength maxes out at 4 weeks, and levels off through 6. Other causes of pain, immobility, hormone insufficiency, and possible hypocalcemia are variable. Most people take 2-3 weeks to return to usual activities. ...Read more

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How much does thyroid surgery cost? Both sides.

How much does thyroid surgery cost? Both sides.

Hard to say: One can get estimates by asking around. There are doctor's bills for office visits, the actual surgery, and hospital visits if he charges separately for hospital care days (presuming one has to stay in the hospital). Hospital bills are hard to predict, and there are separate bills for lots of different items such as labs, meds, x-rays, etc... And also anesthesiologists, radiologists, pathologists. ...Read more

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I ask how many weeks totally dry the thyroid surgery thank you?

I ask how many weeks totally dry the thyroid surgery thank you?

Thyroid surgery: The response to thyroid surgery will, to some extent, depend on how much of your thyroid gland was removed, and whether you have been subsequently prescribed thyroxine. ...Read more

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I'm having thyroid surgery in two weeks. Should I start trying to eat less and what kind of food should I be eat?

I'm having thyroid surgery in two weeks. Should I start trying to eat less and what kind of food should I be eat?

Diet: Your diet will not make a difference. Don't worry about it other than don't eat anything 12 hours before your operation. ...Read more

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Can people talk after thyroid surgery?

Can people talk after thyroid surgery?

Yes: For thyroid surgery, an anterior neck incision is used and the risk is low. The recurrent laryngeal nerve is examined during placement and removal of the anesthetic breathing tube, your surgeon will be well trained to avoid this nerve during surgery. If the nerve becomes dysfunctional, it is usually temporary. Take family/friend to ask these details of your surgeon. Be well. ...Read more

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Should a heterogeneous thyroid nodule measuring 23x12x20mm be biopsied thyroid surgery partial

Should a heterogeneous thyroid nodule measuring 23x12x20mm be biopsied thyroid surgery partial

Biopsy: I agree. A nodule this big should be biopsied. Chance of malignancy is low but you need to do it to find out. ...Read more

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I'm 6days now from thyroid surgery after an hour I fell dizzy and after I'm vomit and after vomit I'm fell okay now is that normal thank you?

I'm 6days now from thyroid surgery after an hour I fell dizzy and after I'm vomit and after vomit I'm fell okay now is that normal thank you?

It is not normal: To be vomiting 6 days after having had thyroid surgery. You should be evaluated by a doctor, to determine why you are dizzy and vomiting and to make sure that the vomiting has not caused dehydration or electrolyte disturbances. Good luck! ...Read more

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Subtotal thyroid surgery, what does it mean?

Subtotal thyroid surgery, what does it mean?

Subtotal: This is an arcane surgical term referring to removing most but NOT all of the thyroid. It was historically done to reduce risk of recurrent laryngeal nerve injury and hypoparathyroidism. Currently, thyroid surgeries are mostly half (hemi) or all (total). ...Read more

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What should I expect during recovery after thyroid surgery?

Usual course: Typically people have some stiffness and soreness in the neck for the first week or two. Sometimes swallowing can be difficult (especially liquids) and the voice can be hoarse for the first month (about 10% of people). Energy levels can fluctuate because of the surgery, as well as, thyroid hormone levels changing. Other specific issues can be addressed by your surgeon. ...Read more

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I have a total thyroid surgery last Friday morning and now I have constant coughing?

I have a total thyroid surgery last Friday morning and now I have constant coughing?

Thyroidectomy: I have a total thyroid surgery last Friday morning and now I have constant coughing? ANS: complications of thyroidectomy are common in my experience. Laryngeal nerve injury or paralysis could cause cough. Taking out/injuring the parathyroids may cause low Ca which can also make you have muscle cramps and could contribute to cough. Let us know what you find out. ...Read more

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Signs of calcium lost after thyroid surgery?

Signs of calcium lost after thyroid surgery?

Low calcium: Typical symptoms might include a numb or tingly feeling around the mouth or in the hands and feet, or muscle cramps. In severe cases carpal spasm can develop - see the picture here: http://www. Nejm. Org/doi/full/10.1056/nejmicm074227. ...Read more

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Where is a good place to get this in florida or east coast to get endoscopic thyroid surgery dan?

Where is a good place to get this in florida or east coast to get endoscopic thyroid surgery dan?

Why?: There are a number of centers near florida that do endoscopic thyroid surgery, like tulane la, atlanta ga. The only real advantage to this type of thyroid surgery is that you would have a smaller scar in the neck or no scar if done through the axilla (arm pit). However, the procedure usually takes more time, therefore more anesthesia. There is no evidence that complications are less frequent. ...Read more

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I had thyroid surgery 6 years ago and I seem to be developing a very raspy voice, I could it be related to my surgery? I am very prone to scar tissue.

I had thyroid surgery 6 years ago and I seem to be developing a very raspy voice, I could it be related to my surgery? I am very prone to scar tissue.

Hoarseness: It is fairly doubtful that it would be related to the thyroid surgery, as you should have developed voice symptoms early after the surgery, not delayed. Scar tissue would not typically change your voice. There may be other reasons for the raspiness like allergies, postnasal drip or laryngopharyngeal reflux. See an ENT for fiberoptic laryngeal exam. ...Read more

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I'm having Thyroid surgery & have been a crystal meth user for over 15 years. I plan on getting clean 3-4 days before my surgery; is this enough time?

I'm having Thyroid surgery & have been a crystal meth user for over 15 years. I plan on getting clean 3-4 days before my surgery; is this enough time?

Tell your surgeon: About your crystal meth use and arrange for medically supervised detox. Chronic meth use affects so many functions that surgery will not be safe until you have been able to fully recover. ...Read more

Pharynx (Definition)

It is the connection between the mouth and the throat. The 3 parts are the oropharynx, nasopharynx, and hypo-pharynx. The pharynx leads into the ...Read more


Dr. Suzanne Galli
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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