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Thyroidectomy Side Effects and Warnings

Written by FoundHealth.

Possible Complications

Complications are rare, but no procedure is completely free of risk. If you are planning to have a thyroidectomy, your doctor will review a list of possible complications, which may include:

  • Damage to the parathyroid gland, which controls calcium metabolism (could lead to nerve and heart problems)
  • Voice changes due to damage to nerves leading to the voice box (rare)
  • Scarring
  • Bleeding
  • Infection
  • Thyrotoxic crisis (sudden excessive release of thyroid hormone at toxic levels) (very rare)

Some factors that may increase the risk of complications include:

  • Severity of hyperthyroidism
  • Size of goiter
  • Obesity
  • Smoking
  • Alcoholism
  • Poor nutrition
  • Long-term illness

Call Your Doctor

After you leave the hospital, contact your doctor if any of the following occurs:

  • Numbness or tingling around the lips or extremities
  • Twitching or muscle spasms (indicates dangerously low levels of calcium in the blood)
  • Excessive and progressive fatigue
  • Difficulty swallowing, talking, or breathing
  • Signs of infection, including fever and chills
  • Redness, swelling, increasing pain, excessive bleeding, or any discharge from the incision site
  • Nausea and/or vomiting that you cannot control with the medicines you were given after surgery, or which persist for more than two days after discharge from the hospital
  • Cough, shortness of breath, or chest pain
  • Pain that you cannot control with the medicines you have been given
  • Pain, burning, urgency or frequency of urination, or persistent bleeding in the urine

In case of an emergency, CALL 911.


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Posted 9 years ago

I had thyrodoctomy and experiencing more Hayfever, stress which is not easy to deal with!

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