What occurs during thyroidectomy?
- You will be given general anesthesia to relax your muscles, prevent pain and make you fall asleep.
- An incision (cut) is made along a crease in the base of your neck.
- Your surgeon might remove part of the thyroid (lobectomy), most of the gland (subtotal), or all of the gland (total thyroidectomy).
After the surgery
- You are usually watched in the hospital overnight.
- You will have a small scar on the front of your neck.
- You might be required to take thyroid hormone medication.
Call your doctor if:
- There is swelling at the incision site.
- There is bleeding at the incision site.
- You have a fever of 101 degrees or higher.
- There is a redness or warmth at the incision site.
- You experience tingling in your hands, feet, or lips.
- You notice numbness or tingling in your face, hands, or lips.