What occurs during surgery?

You will be given a 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 cosmetically acceptable 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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