What are the risks of thyroidectomy?

The risks of surgery are minimal, but might include:

  • Blood loss.
  • Infection.
  • 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).

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