Question: How Long Is A Partial Thyroidectomy Surgery?

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..

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.

Why am I so tired after having my thyroid removed?

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 happens when half of thyroid is removed?

A subtotal thyroidectomy removes the thyroid gland but leaves behind a small amount of thyroid tissue. This preserves some thyroid function. Many individuals who undergo this type of surgery develop hypothyroidism, a condition that occurs when the thyroid doesn’t produce enough hormones.

Is thyroid removal major surgery?

A thyroidectomy is a common but major surgery with serious risks and potential complications. You may have less invasive treatment options.

What can I expect after a partial thyroidectomy?

You may bleed more than expected and need a blood transfusion. Your voice may be hoarse or weak after surgery, and this may become a long-term problem. Your neck may be bruised and swollen, and it may be hard for you to breathe or swallow. Your parathyroid glands may not work as well as they should after surgery.

Will I 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).

What is the recovery time for a partial thyroidectomy?

When you go home, you can usually return to your regular activities. Wait at least 10 days to two weeks before doing anything vigorous, such as heavy lifting or strenuous sports. It takes up to a year for the scar from surgery to fade.

How long do you have to stay in the 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.