You may feel a firm ridge directly over the incision. This is normal and will soften and go away when healing is complete usually in 3-6 months. All incisions are sensitive to sunlight.
How do I treat my incision after thyroid surgery?
Continue to avoid trauma to the incision. Apply a light coating of Vaseline or antibiotic ointment over the incision multiple times throughout the day (can stop this after two to three weeks). Keep incision out of the sunlight, or if expecting exposure to sunlight, apply sunscreen (45 SPF or greater) to incision.
Is thyroid surgery a major surgery?
A thyroidectomy is a treatment for a variety of diseases, disorders and conditions of the thyroid gland. A thyroidectomy is a common but major surgery with serious risks and potential complications. You may have less invasive treatment options.
Does thyroid surgery leave a scar?
New Thyroid Surgery Technique Leaves No Visible Scar, but Experts Warn Caution. A new endoscopic thyroidectomy procedure eliminates visible scars, but endocrine experts caution that the outcomes may not be the same as traditional surgeries.
How long does it take for vocal cords to heal after thyroid surgery?
This usually gets better within a few weeks, but can take up to 6 months to resolve. Even in the rare chance of having a permanently hoarse voice, there are things that can be done to improve voice quality.
How long does it take for stitches to dissolve after thyroid surgery?
All incisions will be covered by small paper tapes. The incisions, which have been closed with dissolvable stitches, are under these pieces of tape. Do not remove the small pieces of tape by yourself – they will fall off on their own in 5 to 7 days.
How long does a incision take to heal?
Healing depends on your general health and the type of surgery you had. Large or deep surgery incisions can take 6 to 8 weeks to heal. People with medical problems or prescribed certain medications may take longer.
What is life like after thyroid removal?
For most patients, walking and normal routines can resume the day after the operation, but vigorous activity and heavy lifting are not recommended for two weeks. Depending on their job type, most people will need to take 1-2 weeks off work after thyroid surgery.
Will I gain weight after thyroid removal?
Following thyroid surgery, patients often complain of weight gain, even when they have achieved biochemical euthyroidism.
How long do you stay in hospital after thyroid surgery?
In the case of thyroid and parathyroid surgery, the risk is 1 in 300 patients (much less than 1%). Because of this rare chance of bleeding, we keep you in the hospital for 4 to 6 hours after the operation for observation and in certain cases may observe you overnight in the hospital.
What happens to your body after half your thyroid is removed?
If your entire thyroid is removed, your body can’t make thyroid hormone. Without replacement, you’ll develop signs and symptoms of underactive thyroid (hypothyroidism). Therefore, you’ll need to take a pill every day that contains the synthetic thyroid hormone levothyroxine (Synthroid, Unithroid, others).
Is thyroid surgery serious?
Risks specific to thyroid surgery rarely occur. However, the two most common risks are: damage to the recurrent laryngeal nerves (nerves connected to your vocal cords) damage to the parathyroid glands (glands that control the level of calcium in your body)
Is it hard to swallow after thyroid surgery?
Swallowing symptoms and persistence of complaints reported in our study, including sensation of residue, painful swallowing, and difficulty swallowing, are consistent with previous studies of patients following thyroidectomy.
What are the long term effects of having your thyroid removed?
Injury to a laryngeal nerve resulting in temporary or permanent hoarseness, Acute respiratory distress in if both laryngeal nerves are injured (rare) Damage to the parathyroid glands that control calcium levels in the blood, leading to low parathyroid hormone (hypoparathyroidism) and low blood calcium (hypocalcemia)
What can go wrong with thyroid surgery?
Potential major complications of thyroid surgery include bleeding, injury to the recurrent laryngeal nerve (see the first image below), hypoparathyroidism, hypothyroidism, thyrotoxic storm, injury to the superior laryngeal nerve (see the second image below), and infection.
Why can’t I sing after thyroid surgery?
Injury to the superior laryngeal nerve leads to a loss of projection (i.e. inability to raise the voice over a noisy background), loss of high pitch of the singing voice and inability to sing in falsetto (as the famous Bee Gees brothers used to do).