Quick Answer: How Dangerous Is Thyroid Surgery?

Can you die during thyroid surgery?

Although deaths related to thyroid surgery are uncommon (approximating 7 deaths per 10,000 operations), patients may feel like their lives may be permanently altered from a surgery that we perceive as routine..

How long does it take to recover from thyroid surgery?

Most people take 1 to 2 weeks off to recover. You should not drive for at least a week. There are no other restrictions. Depending on the amount of thyroid tissue that was removed and the reason for your surgery, you may be placed on thyroid hormone (Synthroid or Cytomel).

Will I die without thyroid medication?

Ultimately, if you are deprived of thyroid hormone for a long period of time, you face the risk of a very dangerous condition—myxedema coma—which can ultimately be fatal.

How should I sleep after thyroidectomy?

Use two pillows when sleeping. This helps prevent strain on the incision and helps to keep swelling down. Some bruising around the incision and slight swelling is normal. Keep our incision clean and dry for 48 hours.

How do I prepare for thyroid surgery?

In preparation for surgery, you will be asked not to eat anything after the evening meal the day before your operation. If you are having thyroid surgery because your doctor thinks you may have thyroid cancer, the surgeon may also remove some of the lymph nodes close to the thyroid.

Is thyroid surgery painful?

Immediately after the thyroid operation, most people will have a sore throat from the breathing tube used for anesthesia. Pain at the incision is minimal (most liken it to a sore throat), and patients generally require only mild pain medication (for example, acetaminophen) by the first day after the operation.

What can I expect 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 thyroidectomy?

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 thyroid removal shorten life expectancy?

Overall 14% of the patients had reduced life expectancy. There was no reduction in life expectancy for those younger than age 45, but it was reduced in those older than age 45, especially in those over age 60.

Can you live long without a thyroid?

Because the thyroid is responsible for regulating so many bodily functions and systems it may be difficult to believe that one can function properly without one. Although it can be challenging, those without a thyroid can live healthy lives through proper treatment and support.

Can you talk after thyroid surgery?

Gentle neck exercises (PDF) will help prevent neck stiffness after surgery. You may talk immediately after surgery. Your throat may be sore but talking is highly encouraged.

Is thyroidectomy a 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. You may have less invasive treatment options.

How long do you have to stay in hospital after thyroid surgery?

Because of this rare chance of bleeding, we keep you in the hospital for 4 to 6 hours after the operation for observation and in certain cases may observe you overnight in the hospital. Click here to learn about the risks of thyroid surgery.

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.