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Can you tell me about thyroid gland removal and its side effects?

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Dr. John Chastain
ENT - Head & Neck Surgery

In brief: Complicated....

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Talk to a good surgeon. Most who have partial thyroidectomy don't need thyroid replacement. All who have total thyroidectomy need long term hormone replacement. Risk of parathyroid issues with total; this requires long term calcium replacement. Managed carefully, most folks don't have too much difficulty regulating their postop hormone issues.

In brief: Complicated....

More than can be explained in 400 characters.
Talk to a good surgeon. Most who have partial thyroidectomy don't need thyroid replacement. All who have total thyroidectomy need long term hormone replacement. Risk of parathyroid issues with total; this requires long term calcium replacement. Managed carefully, most folks don't have too much difficulty regulating their postop hormone issues.
Dr. John Chastain
Dr. John Chastain
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Dr. Richard Orr
Surgery - Oncology

In brief: Voice and calcium

In experienced hands, thyroidectomy is safe and has few long term side effects.
Obviously, if the entire gland is removed you will need to be on thyroid replacement. Main problems are:1) injury to the vocal cord nerve - occurs in 1% - varies according to surgeon's experience, 2) removal of parathyroid glands and low calcium - rare in experienced hands. Make sure your surgeon is a thyroid expert.

In brief: Voice and calcium

In experienced hands, thyroidectomy is safe and has few long term side effects.
Obviously, if the entire gland is removed you will need to be on thyroid replacement. Main problems are:1) injury to the vocal cord nerve - occurs in 1% - varies according to surgeon's experience, 2) removal of parathyroid glands and low calcium - rare in experienced hands. Make sure your surgeon is a thyroid expert.
Dr. Richard Orr
Dr. Richard Orr
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