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What are the side effects of having half of your thyroid removed?

What are the side effects of having half of your thyroid removed?

Side Effects

  • Nausea and Vomiting.
  • Neck Pain and Stiffness.
  • A Sore Throat.
  • Difficulty Swallowing.
  • Hoarseness and Voice Problems.
  • Transient Hypoparathyroidism.
  • Hypothyroidism.
  • Hematoma.

Which of the following is a major complication that can occur immediately after a thyroidectomy?

Major postoperative complications include wound infection, bleeding, airway obstruction (compressing hematoma, tracheomalacia), hypocalcemia, thyroid storm (uncommon, usually associated with Grave’s disease) and recurrent laryngeal nerve injury. Incidence is 3-5%.

Can a thyroid grow back after having it removed?

Most people do very well after treatment, but follow-up care is very important since most thyroid cancers grow slowly and can recur even 10 to 20 years after initial treatment.

What are the common complications after thyroid surgery?

The two most common early complications of thyroid surgery are hypocalcemia (20-30%) and recurrent laryngeal nerve injury (5-11%).

Why am I so tired after having my thyroid removed?

Tiredness and feeling emotional After any operation, your body is using a lot of energy to heal itself, so you will feel more tired than normal. With a thyroid operation, there is another reason for tiredness. The thyroid produces hormones which control the speed at which your body works.

What are the long term effects of thyroid removal?

Following surgery, you may experience: Voice changes, such as, a hoarse voice, difficulty in speaking loudly, voice fatigue, and a change in the tone of your voice. These changes are due to damage to the laryngeal nerves that supply your voice box (larynx) during surgery.

What should I watch for after total thyroidectomy?


  • Bleeding.
  • Infection.
  • Low parathyroid hormone levels (hypoparathyroidism) caused by surgical damage or removal of the parathyroid glands. These glands are located behind your thyroid and regulate blood calcium.
  • Airway obstruction caused by bleeding.
  • Permanent hoarse or weak voice due to nerve damage.

What is a thyrotoxic crisis?

Thyroid storm, also referred to as thyrotoxic crisis, is an acute, life-threatening, hypermetabolic state induced by excessive release of thyroid hormones (THs) in individuals with thyrotoxicosis. Thyroid storm may be the initial presentation of thyrotoxicosis in undiagnosed children, particularly in neonates.

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.

    What is life like after thyroid removal?

    For most patients, walking and normal routines can resume the day after the operation, but vigorous activity and heavy lifting are not recommended for two weeks. Depending on their job type, most people will need to take 1-2 weeks off work after thyroid surgery.

    What does thyroid fatigue feel like?

    You may feel like you can’t get through a day without a nap, or you sleep more than usual but still feel completely exhausted. You may not have the energy to exercise, or you may fall asleep during the day or very quickly at night and find it difficult to get up in the morning.

    Do you gain weight after thyroidectomy?

    Contrary to the perception of many of our patients who undergo thyroidectomy for thyroid cancer, with or without radioactive iodine ablation of residual thyroid tissue, followed by replacement or suppressive doses of thyroxine, there is on average no excessive weight gain over the expected age-related increase in …

    Can a hyperthyroid cat have his thyroid removed?

    If a hyperthyroid cat has his thyroid glands surgically removed or has radioactive iodine treatment for feline hyperthyroidism, then it is possible that after the removal, the cat’s thyroid levels may be low, either temporarily or permanently. However that is a man-made condition.

    What are the signs of hyperthyroidism in cats?

    My 3 o’clock appointment was with a new patient who had the classic signs of hyperthyroidism in cats: severe weight loss, diarrhea, increased thirst, increased urination, and an increased appetite. Hobbs, an adorable orange cat, had been to the emergency room 2 weeks earlier and indeed had been diagnosed with cat thyroid disease.

    How did Hobbs the cat get his thyroid?

    Hobbs’ owner told me that her cat had actually been diagnosed 2 years earlier with feline thyroid disease. Hobbs had been prescribed the appropriate medication (Tapazole) at that time, but when the cat’s owner got home and tried to give it to him, she found that it was too difficult to administer pills to her cat so she gave up.

    Why does my cat have too much thyroid?

    Cats with hyperthyroidism produce too much thyroid hormone due to an enlargement of the thyroid gland. This enlargement is usually caused by a benign tumor that grows on the thyroid.

    What do you need to know about thyroidectomy for cats?

    Thyroidectomy is a surgical procedure which involves removing one or both thyroid glands. Thyroidectomy is used to treat hyperthyroidism, a common condition in older cats in which the thyroid glands produce extra amounts of thyroid hormones. Thyroidectomy is also used to treat select cases of thyroid cancer.

    When to remove the second thyroid gland in cats?

    Some surgeons may suggest that the removal of the second thyroid gland take place three to four weeks following the removal of the first. However, this is may not be ideal, particularly because the disease is more common in older cats that are susceptible to complications associated with general anesthesia.

    How old do cats have to be to have hyperthyroidism?

    Hyperthyroidism occurs most commonly in older cats and is rare in dogs. The average age of cats with hyperthyroidism is 13 years of age; only about 5 % of hyperthyroid cats are younger than 10 years of age. There are 2 thyroid glands located in the neck. One or both of the glands can enlarge and overproduce thyroid hormone.

    What are the symptoms of elevated thyroid hormones in cats?

    Thyroid hormones affect many organs in your cat’s body. Therefore, elevated thyroid hormone levels can cause a wide range of clinical signs, the most common of which are weight loss and increased appetite. Other clinical signs include increased activity/restlessness, excessive thirst, and increased urination.