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How long does it take to recover from thyroid surgery?

How long does it take to recover from thyroid surgery?

Patients are usually back at work within 2 weeks and pain from the operation is usually gone within 2-3 months. This surgical recovery is usually not an issue when compared to the thyroid hormone effects of the procedure, which tend to be long-lasting. Once your thyroid is removed you will be on thyroid medication for the rest of your life .

When did I find out I had a thyroid node removed?

By the time I had an actual appointment and scan in probably around July, it was revealed that I had about a 4cm node on my left thyroid. The biopsy came back negative but I was advised due to its size that I might want to have it removed because they couldn’t guarantee it wouldn’t keep growing.

Can you still lose weight after thyroid removal?

The answer is yes. But you should be aware that your weight loss journey will be much slower than people who have a thyroid. That’s just the unfortunate situation that you are now in once your thyroid is gone. I usually tell people without a thyroid to expect weight loss at about a rate of 50% compared to people with a thyroid.

What happens to your body if you have a thyroidectomy?

It doesn’t matter that your thyroid has been removed because you are STILL receiving thyroid hormone (otherwise you would be dead). The difference is HOW you are getting that thyroid hormone. People without a thyroid get it from their medication.

Is it normal to have part of your thyroid removed?

How much of your thyroid gland is removed during thyroidectomy depends on the reason for surgery. If only a portion is removed (partial thyroidectomy), your thyroid may be able to function normally after surgery.

While around 1 percent of people may have damage to the nerves supplying the vocal cords, around 5 percent to 10 percent of people will have temporary symptoms due to irritation of the nerves during surgery or inflammation around the nerves afterward. Symptoms usually improve in the first few weeks but may persist up to six months after surgery.

Do you need hormone therapy after a thyroidectomy?

If only part of your thyroid is removed, the remaining portion typically takes over the function of the entire thyroid gland. So you might not need thyroid hormone therapy. Complete thyroidectomy. If your entire thyroid is removed, your body can’t make thyroid hormone.

What are the long-term effects of a thyroidectomy?

The long-term effects of thyroidectomy depend on how much of the thyroid is removed. If only part of your thyroid is removed, the remaining portion typically takes over the function of the entire thyroid gland. So you might not need thyroid hormone therapy. If your entire thyroid is removed, your body can’t make thyroid hormone.