What can I expect after a partial thyroidectomy?

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.

What is a lobectomy of the thyroid?

A thyroid lobectomy is used to remove one of your two thyroid lobes, leaving the other intact. We may perform this type of surgery if there are nodules that cause symptoms or could be cancerous. We also use it to treat excessive hormone production like that associated with hyperthyroidism.

What are the side effects of removing your thyroid?

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).

Is thyroid removal 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.

Can you live long without a thyroid?

Can you live without your thyroid? The short answer is yes. People can live full, long lives without a thyroid (or with an underactive thyroid) if they take medication to replace the absence of thyroid hormones in their body with thyroid medication.

What are the long term effects of thyroid removal?

Potential complications include:

  • Bleeding.
  • Infection.
  • Low parathyroid hormone levels (hypoparathyroidism) caused by surgical damage or removal of the parathyroid glands.
  • Airway obstruction caused by bleeding.
  • Permanent hoarse or weak voice due to nerve damage.

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 is the best diet after thyroid removal?

Your Diet During Recovery 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, gelatin, mashed potatoes, apple sauce, or yogurt.

What is the name of the procedure to remove the thyroid?

The most common are lobectomy, subtotal thyroidectomy, and total thyroidectomy. Sometimes, a nodule, inflammation, or swelling affects only half of the thyroid gland. When this happens, a doctor will remove only one of the two lobes. The part left behind should retain some or all of its function.

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What happens to the hormone T4 after thyroid removal?

When the entire thyroid is removed it is termed a total thyroidectomy. When less is removed, such as in removal of a lobe, it is termed a partial thyroidectomy or hemithyroidectomy. Thyroxine (T4): the major hormone produced by the thyroid gland. T 4 gets converted to the active hormone T 3 in various tissues in the body.

What can you do about high thyroid hormone levels?

Levothyroxine (T4): the major hormone produced by the thyroid gland and available in pill form as Synthroid™, Levoxyl™, Tyrosint™ and generic preparations. Thyroid hormone therapy: patients with hypothyroidism are most often treated with Levothyroxine in order to return their thyroid hormone levels to normal.