Your doctor may recommend surgery to remove part or all of your thyroid gland if it’s overactive, has grown very large, or has nodules, cysts or other growths that are—or could be—cancerous.
How dangerous is thyroid surgery?
Complications of thyroidectomy include: Damage to the parathyroid glands causing problems controlling your body’s calcium levels. Difficulty breathing, which is a rare complication. Nerve damage, which can lead to permanent hoarseness, coughing, swallowing problems, problems speaking, or other voice changes.
What are the side effects of having your thyroid removed?
Side effects of thyroid removal are hypothyroidism (low thyroid hormone), low calcium, tremor and spasms. The thyroid is a butterfly-shaped endocrine gland located below the Adam’s apple in the lower part of the neck and wraps around the windpipe (trachea).
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.
When is surgery necessary for thyroid?
Thyroid surgery is performed for several reasons and can include symptomatic thyroid nodules, recurrent thyroid cysts, goiter, Graves’ disease, and to rule out or treat thyroid cancer. The purpose of thyroid surgery is to remove part or all of the thyroid gland. You will be in the hospital usually one night.
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.
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).