A thyroidectomy is surgery to take out your thyroid gland. This gland is shaped like a butterfly. It lies
across the windpipe (trachea). The gland makes hormones that control how your
body makes and uses energy (metabolism). A doctor removes the gland when it
gets too big, does not work right, or has a tumour. Most tumours that grow in this gland are benign. This means they are not cancer.
The doctor will take out the thyroid through a cut
(incision) in the front of your neck. You will likely have a tube, called a
drain, in your neck to let fluid out of the cut. The drain is most often taken out
before you go home.
You may go home on the same day. Or you may stay one or
more nights in the hospital. You may return to work or
your normal routine in 1 to 2 weeks. This depends on whether you need more
treatment and how you feel. It may also depend on the kind of work you do.
will check your incision in about a week. You may need to take
thyroid medicine. If you have thyroid cancer, you may need to have radioactive
iodine therapy. Your doctor will talk to you about what happens next.
Follow-up care is a key part of your treatment and safety. Be sure to make and go to all appointments, and call your doctor
if you are having problems. It's also a good idea to know your test results and
keep a list of the medicines you take.
Surgery can be
stressful. This information will help you understand what you can expect. And it will help you safely prepare for surgery.
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Current as of:
July 28, 2016
Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine
& E. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal Medicine & Kathleen Romito, MD - Family Medicine
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