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.

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