Is thyroidectomy major surgery?
Thyroidectomies are usually an outpatient surgery. They are relatively common, relatively safe, and are performed only when the benefits outweigh the risks or when less invasive treatments aren’t enough.
What are the long-term side effects of thyroid removal?
During surgery, the parathyroid glands in the back of the throat are sometimes injured. This can cause some patients to have trouble controlling their calcium levels for as long as six months after surgery. If you have any symptoms of this (such as numbness or tingling in the mouth and fingers), let us know so we can treat it.
If you have your thyroid completely removed, you will need thyroid replacement therapy to avoid getting hypothyroidism. Patients who get a subtotal (or partial) removal only experience hypothyroidism in about 20 percent of cases, but call us if you have symptoms such as feeling cold, dry skin, weight gain, fatigue, and depression.