Is Thyroid Surgery Serious?

How long does it take to recover from thyroid surgery?

Most people take 1 to 2 weeks off to recover.

You should not drive for at least a week.

There are no other restrictions.

Depending on the amount of thyroid tissue that was removed and the reason for your surgery, you may be placed on thyroid hormone (Synthroid or Cytomel)..

Do you gain weight after thyroid removal?

Patients with hyperthyroidism commonly experience weight gain after thyroidectomy. This occurs due to the reduction in circulating thyroid hormone, thus ameliorating the weight-lowering effects of elevated thyroid hormones (4,5).

Does thyroid removal shorten life expectancy?

We have also shown that treatment per se (thyroidectomy, high-dose radioactive iodine and thyroid hormone medication) is safe and does not shorten life expectancy.

How do you know if you need thyroid surgery?

Your doctor may recommend that you consider thyroid surgery for 4 main reasons: You have a nodule that might be thyroid cancer. You have a diagnosis of thyroid cancer. You have a nodule or goiter that is causing local symptoms – compression of the trachea, difficulty swallowing or a visible or unsightly mass.

What type of doctor performs thyroid surgery?

Was this helpful? If you require thyroid removal (thyroidectomy), you’ll want a highly qualified surgeon to perform the procedure. Otolaryngologists—or ear, nose and throat (ENT) doctors—and general surgeons perform thyroid removal.

What can I expect after thyroid surgery?

What is recovery like after thyroid surgery? After your thyroidectomy or thyroid lobectomy, you may have a temporary sore throat, neck pain, difficulty swallowing or a weak voice. Your diet will be restricted for the evening of your surgery, but in most cases, it can return to normal the next day.

What foods to avoid if you have no thyroid?

Which nutrients are harmful?soy foods: tofu, tempeh, edamame, etc.certain vegetables: cabbage, broccoli, kale, cauliflower, spinach, etc.fruits and starchy plants: sweet potatoes, cassava, peaches, strawberries, etc.nuts and seeds: millet, pine nuts, peanuts, etc.

What is the best diet after thyroid removal?

You can eat whatever you like after surgery. Try to eat healthy foods. You may find it hard to swallow at first. If so, it may be easier to drink liquids and eat soft foods such as pudding, Jello, mashed potatoes, apple sauce, or yogurt.

How painful is thyroid removal?

Immediately after the thyroid operation, most people will have a sore throat from the breathing tube used for anesthesia. Pain at the incision is minimal (most liken it to a sore throat), and patients generally require only mild pain medication (for example, acetaminophen) by the first day after the operation.

How should I sleep after thyroidectomy?

Head of Bed: Please elevate the head of your bed 30-45 degrees or sleep in a recliner at 30-45 degrees for the first 3-4 days to decrease swelling. The skin above the incision may look swollen after lying down for a few hours.

Why am I so tired after having my thyroid removed?

After any operation, your body is using a lot of energy to heal itself, so you will feel more tired than normal. With a thyroid operation, there is another reason for tiredness. The thyroid produces hormones which control the speed at which your body works.

How do I prepare for thyroid surgery?

In preparation for surgery, you will be asked not to eat anything after the evening meal the day before your operation. If you are having thyroid surgery because your doctor thinks you may have thyroid cancer, the surgeon may also remove some of the lymph nodes close to the thyroid.

Is thyroid removal major surgery?

A thyroidectomy is a common but major surgery with serious risks and potential complications. You may have less invasive treatment options.

Can you talk after thyroid surgery?

Gentle neck exercises (PDF) will help prevent neck stiffness after surgery. You may talk immediately after surgery. Your throat may be sore but talking is highly encouraged.

What are the long term effects of having your thyroid removed?

These glands are located behind your thyroid and regulate blood calcium. Hypoparathyroidism can cause numbness, tingling or cramping due to low blood-calcium levels. Airway obstruction caused by bleeding. Permanent hoarse or weak voice due to nerve damage.