What are the risks of thyroidectomy?
The risks of surgery are minimal, but might include:
- Blood loss.
- Injury to parathyroid glands, which can cause low calcium and muscular spasms.
- Injury to recurrent laryngeal nerve (runs behind the thyroid gland). If injury occurs, patient will experience hoarseness and weak voice.
- If there is thyroid cancer, you might require additional therapy (radioactive iodine treatment).