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 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.
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).
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 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.
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.
Can you die during thyroid surgery?
Although deaths related to thyroid surgery are uncommon (approximating 7 deaths per 10,000 operations), patients may feel like their lives may be permanently altered from a surgery that we perceive as routine.
Will I gain weight after thyroid removal?
Background: Patients who undergo thyroidectomy often complain of weight gain, which they frequently at- tribute to inadequate thyroid hormone replacement.
Do you gain weight after thyroidectomy?
Patients undergoing thyroidectomy experience possible mild weight gain, particularly younger individuals and those with hyperthyroidism as the indication for surgery.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.