What is life like after thyroid removal?
You will need to take at least one or two weeks to recover before you return to work and other daily activities. You should not lift any heavy objects for about 2 weeks after your operation to avoid any strain on your neck. Your neck is likely to be swollen and may feel hard and numb right after the surgery.
Is thyroid surgery a major surgery?
A thyroidectomy is a common but major surgery with serious risks and potential complications. You may have less invasive treatment options.
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.
Can Hyperthyroidism come back after surgery?
Sometimes doctors use surgery to treat people with large goiters or pregnant women who cannot take antithyroid medicines. When part of the thyroid is removed, your thyroid hormone levels may return to normal.
Can you live a normal life after thyroid removal?
Despite its importance, you can live a healthy, normal life without it or with only part of it. But you will need treatment to prevent hypothyroidism—or too little thyroid hormone—which can be serious. To prevent hypothyroidism, you will need to start thyroid hormone replacement.
How serious is thyroid surgery?
Thyroidectomy is generally a safe procedure. But as with any surgery, thyroidectomy carries a risk of complications. Potential complications include: Bleeding.
Is thyroid removal surgery painful?
You may have pain not only from your incision, but also from muscle soreness in your upper back and shoulders. This is from the positioning in the operating room during the surgery. You will have liquid pain medicine in the hospital and a prescription for pain pills at home. You may have a sore throat.
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 hours after the operation for observation and in certain cases may observe you overnight in the hospital.
Can a thyroid grow back?
Although having the capacity to grow in response to a stimulus that perturbs the pituitary-thyroid axis, the thyroid gland is considered not a regenerative organ.
How should I sleep after thyroid surgery?
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 Graves disease go away after thyroid is removed?
ANSWER: Thyroid removal is one of several treatment options that can effectively decrease symptoms of Graves’ disease. Others include anti-thyroid medications and radioiodine. Each person is different, and no one treatment is best for everyone. A thyroidectomy often relieves symptoms of Graves’ disease.
Do you still have Graves disease after thyroid removal?
Removing the whole thyroid lessens the chance of hyperthyroidism recurrence in Graves’ disease compared with partial thyroidectomy, but it also leads to increased temporary hypoparathyroidism, researchers found.
Is hyperthyroidism a lifelong disease?
Thyroid diseases are lifelong, but treatable conditions. However, if untreated, thyroid disease can cause elevated cholesterol levels and subsequent heart disease, infertility, muscle weakness, osteoporosis and, in extreme cases, coma or death. Treatment to balance your hormone levels is simple and not very expensive.