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).
Is thyroid surgery painful?
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. It may be more comfortable to eat soft foods for a few days.
What can I expect after thyroid surgery?
After the procedure
Some people may need to have a drain placed under the incision in the neck. This drain is usually removed the morning after surgery. After thyroidectomy, a few people may experience neck pain and a hoarse or weak voice.
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.
Can you eat after thyroid surgery?
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.
Will I gain weight after thyroid removal?
Following thyroid surgery, patients often complain of weight gain, even when they have achieved biochemical euthyroidism.
Can you talk after thyroid surgery?
Voice. Your voice may be hoarse or weak at first because the surgery took place near the voice box but usually recovers within weeks. Some patients also notice a change in the pitch of their voices that affects singing. Rarely these changes are permanent.
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.
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. Nonetheless, it remains important to realise that patients with persistent disease have a median standardised survival time of only 60%, independent of age.
How serious is thyroid surgery?
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)
How do I prepare for thyroid surgery?
As a general rule, do not eat or drink anything after midnight the night before, and arrive at least two hours before your scheduled surgery. Most often you can take your routine medications with a sip of water. Medication guidelines prior to surgery will be discussed at your pre-operative visit.
Why do I feel so tired after thyroidectomy?
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.
What can you not do after thyroid surgery?
Avoid strenuous physical activity and lifting heavy objects for 3 weeks after surgery or until your doctor says it is okay. Do not over-extend your neck backwards for 2 weeks after surgery. Ask your doctor when you can drive again. You may take a shower, unless you still have a drain near your incision.
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 foods should I avoid after thyroidectomy?
A low-iodine diet requires avoiding foods like:
- Iodized salt.
- Dairy foods, including cheese, milk, yogurt, ice cream, and butter.
- Packaged breads and baked goods.
- The skins of potatoes.
- Fish and seafood, and other sea products like seaweed and kelp.