What are the complications of thyroid surgery?

2 main ones. Any surgery has risks from the anesthesic, as well as bleeding and infection. These problems are rare. Thyroid surgery specifically risks injury to the vocal cord nerves which can cause hoarseness. Injury to the parathyroid glands can cause low blood calcium. These problems also should be rare and are not expected after thyroid surgery, but you should discuss with your surgeon.
Three main ones. Three main risks with thyroid surgery: 1) injury to nerve to vocal cord causing hoarseness 2) injury to parathyroid glands causing chronic low calcium, 3) bleeding in first night. Overall these risks are quite rare.
Complications. Complications from any operation include bleeding, infection, wound healing problems, scarring, etc. Specific to thyroid surgery the most common are vocal cord paralysis (due to injury to the recurrent laryngeal nerves which power the vocal cords) or weakness and low calcium levels (hypocalcemia) which may require temporary or permanent calcium supplements. Your surgeon should review these risks.
Risks. Thyroid surgery risks are based on the thyroidectomy performed. Hemi (half) thyroid removal has risks of temporary hoarseness, permanent hoarseness, bleeding, infection, and 20% chance of needing thyroid hormone for life. Total thyroidectomy has risks above PLUS 100% need for thyroid hormone, temporary low calcium, permanent low calcium, and tracheotomy.

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What can you expect after thyroid surgery?

Thyroid surgery. Their are many potential complications from thyroid surgery, these issues are best discussed with the physician who is planning to perform the operation. Read more...
See below. Thyroid surgery may involve one side or both sides of the neck depending which side is having surgery, or why. Surgery may be done for benign or cancer lesions. Usually an overnight hospital stay, usually no bleeding or blood transfusions. Low risk to vocal cords or speech & low risk to parathyroid glands & calcium levels. Discomfort for maybe a week. Read more...
Varies widely. There is no great answer. For uncomplicated surgery: most have pain especially with swallow for several days, but only need narcotic meds for a week or less--some need more. Remember that stamina is affected for 2-3 weeks and people can tire quickly. I ask for people to take it easy for a week but then no restrictions. Most are back to work after 1 week. Again, it varies widely. Read more...

Subtotal thyroid surgery, what does it mean?

Easy. Subtotal literally means removal of part, not all, of the throid gland. How much is up to your surgeon and the nature of the disease process. Read more...
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...

How long can you recover from thyroid surgery?

Very short time. Recovery time after uncomplicated thyroid surgery will be very brief, will be home same day or next day , will be able to go back to office type of work in a wk. Read more...
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...

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...

What is the definition or description of: thyroid surgery?

Removal thyroid. Thyroid surgery means removal of half (lobectomy) or all of the thyroid (total thyroidectomy). In the past, removal of nodules was done, but this is no longer recommended. Read more...
Thyroid Surgery. 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 need for additional surgery. Read more...
Removal. Hemithyroidectomy is the removal of half the gland and is used to remove an abnormal nodule for diagnosis. Total or subtotal removes all or most of the gland for thyroid cancer, large goiters with symptoms, toxic goiters (hyperthyroidism), bilateral abnormal nodules. Completion thyroidectomy is a second surgery to remove residual thyroid if cancer is found. Sometimes lymph nodes are removed. Read more...
Thyroid surgery. This means removal of part or all of your thyroid. Half removal is hemithyroidectomy. Complete thyroid removal is total thyroidectomy. Read more...

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...
Varies widely. The is no great answer. For uncomplicated surgery: most have pain especially with swallow for several days, but only need narcotic meds for a week or less--some need more. Remember that stamina is affected for 2-3 weeks and people can tire quickly. I ask for people to take it easy for a week but then no restrictions. Most are back to work after 1 week. Again, it varies widely. Read more...
Expectations. See risk and complications post for thyroid surgery. Nausea can be experienced 1-3 days after surgery. Sore throat for the same period of time. Should be able to return to sedentary activity in 3 days. No heavy lifting ( more than 10#) or bending over at the waist for 2 weeks. Read more...

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...

How long after thyroid surgery does it take to return to a feeling of normalcy.?

Thyroid Recovery. 2 factors. 1) recovery from surgery. Typically basic recovery from neck surgery is on the order of 5-10 days at which point surgical pain and initial wound healing complete. 2) if total thyroidectomy there will be a period of time needed to find a new balance to your thyroid replacement. In some cases thyroid replacement may be delayed until confirmation is made that all tissue was removed. Read more...
Depends on type. This is a question best addressed by your surgeon and endocrinologist as they will have the best information on the specifics of both your surgery and anticipated recovery. Read more...
Varies. Typically, ones feels better after several days, but stamina and feeling run down can last 2-3 weeks. This can vary widely, but you should expect to get slowly better everyday with the occasional bad day mixed in. Good luck. And be patient. Read more...

How long after thyroid surgery (partial) does it take before you feel yourself again?

A month. It will take 4 to 6 weeks to start feeling no pain or swelling. In can take months for your surgical scar to get back to a point where it s not so noticeable. Read more...
Thyroidectomy. Long term effects of thyroidectomy depends on how much of the thyroid is removed. If only part of the thyroid is removed, the remaining portion typically takes over the function of the entire thyroid gland. You may just need to visit with your provider after the surgery to make sure everything is going well. Have your doctor order a thyroid panel to help assess the need for hormone therapy. Read more...