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Thyroidectomy in Corpus Christi

What Is a Thyroidectomy?

This procedure is a neck surgery to remove all or part of a thyroid. The thyroid controls many critical body functions by releasing hormones. Thyroidectomies are used to treat thyroid cancer as well as some cases of thyroid disease, goiter, and hyperthyroidism.

Is a Thyroidectomy Major Surgery?

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Thyroidectomies require an overnight surgical center stay. They are relatively common, relatively safe, and are performed only when the benefits outweigh the risks or when less invasive treatments aren’t enough.

What Are the Side Effects of Having Your Thyroid Removed?

Immediately after thyroid removal surgery, you may experience:

  • Pain around the incision
  • Sore throat
  • Trouble swallowing
  • A hoarse voice

What Are the Long-Term Side Effects of Thyroid Removal?

During surgery, the parathyroid glands in the back of the throat are sometimes injured. This can cause some patients to have trouble controlling their calcium levels for as long as six months after surgery. If you have any symptoms of this (such as numbness or tingling in the mouth and fingers), let us know so we can treat it.

If you have your thyroid completely removed, you will need thyroid replacement therapy to avoid getting hypothyroidism. Patients who get a subtotal (or partial) removal only experience hypothyroidism in about 20 percent of cases, but call us if you have symptoms such as feeling cold, dry skin, weight gain, fatigue, and depression.

What to Expect After My Thyroid is Removed

After surgery, you’ll be monitored for signs of bleeding or swelling. You will be monitored overnight in the surgical center to keep you comfortable. The drain that is placed during surgery is removed the next morning before you go home. You will go home with dissolvable sutures and can shower the first day after surgery.

You should keep your head and neck elevated to reduce swelling and eat softer foods.

We will go over any medications or vitamin supplements you’ll need after surgery before releasing you and give you instructions for caring for the incision. Avoid getting your neck wet while recovering.

You should expect a two-week recovery period. While recovering, avoid working out, heavy lifting, or excess activity. While taking the pain medications, you should also avoid driving.

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Corpus Christi, TX

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