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.
What to expect after your thyroid is removed?
What is recovery like 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.
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).
Does having your thyroid removed change your personality?
Hypothyroidism and hypoparathyroidism consequent to total thyroidectomy may lead to neuropsychiatric symptoms, such as anxiety, depression, cognitive decline, and rarely mania and psychosis.
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 are the long term effects of thyroid removal?
After thyroidectomy, a few people may experience neck pain and a hoarse or weak voice. This doesn’t necessarily mean there’s permanent damage to the nerve that controls the vocal cords.
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.
Why do you breathe hard after thyroidectomy?
Common causes of this complication include compression due to formation of a hematoma, tracheal collapse, laryngeal edema and bilateral recurrent laryngeal nerve injury, and they should be taken into consideration to ensure prevention and/or timely treatment of dyspnea (1,2).
Can you drink alcohol after thyroid surgery?
Your throat may feel sore after the surgery. Eat a light meal and drink plenty of water for 1 or 2 days after your surgery. You may eat what you normally eat at home once you are feeling better. Do not drink alcohol for 48 hours after surgery or until you have stopped taking your prescription pain medicine.
Can a person live without a thyroid gland?
Thyroid disease is common, and in some cases may require removal of your thyroid (thyroidectomy). Fortunately, you can live without your thyroid. You will need long-term thyroid hormone replacement therapy to give you the hormone your thyroid normally produces.
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.