Total thyroidectomy(9 Posts)
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Has anyone on here had a total thyroidectomy and if so how long did everyone have off work after? The nurse told me I will need at least 6 weeks off but most websites say 1-2 weeks.
I had it done about 12 years ago, in hospital one night. Pretty much ok straight away from what I remember.
I’d say you would only need that long if you’re lifting stuff in your job
I've been told minimum 2 night stay in hospital.
I work in retail so a bit of lifting but also on my feet all day, a lot of rushing around and a lot of talking.
My talking ability was hardly affected at all ( much to my husbands disappointment!)
I remember feeling absolutely fine, the only issue was not doing too much because of the stitches - my daughter was small at the time & I know I couldn’t pick her up for a few days.
I had a drain in the wound when I woke up from the op & they took that out the next day.
I worked in a shop at the time and I know I wouldn’t have had 6 weeks off, I’m sure it was more like a week
I had my thyroid and quite a few lymph nodes removed last year. I was in hospital for 2 nights. For the first couple of weeks I was really tired and slept most afternoons. I didn’t do any lifting and got my groceries delivered. My neck was incredibly stiff and I had very little movement in it. I ended up good night to see an osteopath who gave me my movement back.
I was off work for 4 weeks. I definitely wouldn’t have managed after 2 weeks. If you are going onto thyroxine it takes the body a while to get use it.
I would join Thyroid UK Health unlocked if I was you. There are a lot of people who have had their thyroid removed on there and they will help and advise you.
Did you know before surgery they were going to take out lymph nodes?
Yes I did as I had a FNA in one of my lymph nodes and it can back positive for papillary cancer. In the end I had 31 lymph nodes removed, 20 of which were cancerous. I asked the surgeon how he knew that they were cancerous and apparently some of them had turned black!
I ended up with a bilateral neck dissection with my thyroid being removed.
@Doublethecuddles may I ask what your symptoms were? I have a goitre, hypothyroidism and a thyroid nodule found in 2013 but with “no suspicious features on ultrasound”. Often wondered how I’d know if it turned into cancer.
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