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Thyroidectomy

Total or Partial Thyroidectomy

What is a Thyroidectomy?
A thyroidectomy is a total removal of the thyroid. A partial is when you only have a piece of the thyroid removed.

Prior to the procedure:

  • You might have had a thyroid ultrasound, fine needle aspiration, CT or MRI prior to surgery.
  • Do not take any aspirin products for five days prior to surgery.
  • Nothing by mouth after midnight the night before surgery. If you take medications, ask the doctor your prescribed them about which ones you need to take and which ones you can forego until after your procedure.
  • If you become sick up to five days before surgery, please call the ENT office and tell the nurse about your symptoms.

Day of the procedure:

  • Plan to arrive 2 hours before your surgery time for pre-operative procedures.
  • The anesthesiologist will discuss types of anesthesia with you and answer any questions you have.
  • You will be taken into the operating room and be given general anesthesia by the anesthesiology team.
  • Your total or partial thyroid will be removed through an external incision in the operating room by the surgeon.

After the procedure:

  • You will be taken to the recovery room where your surgeon will update you and your family on how the procedure went.
  • You will be admitted to the hospital for 2-3 days after surgery. While in the hospital, you will be monitored for pain and infection.
  • Once at home you will be given prescription medication to take for pain. Do not drive or operate heavy machinery while taking prescription pain medication.
  • Drink fluids to stay hydrated.
  • Keep the wound clean and dry.
  • You will be cleared to return to work at your post-operative visit with the doctor. You should not return to work until cleared by your doctor.
  • Rest often and do not lift anything heavier than 10 pounds.
  • Keep your follow-up appointment.

Contact your provider if you have:

  • A fever greater than 101.5 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • A small amount of bleeding.
  • Pain that cannot be managed by your current prescription pain medication.
  • Signs of infections: abnormal swelling, wound is hot to touch, or drainage that is green or yellow from wound.

Seek immediate care in the ER if you have:

  • A lot of bleeding.
  • Hoarseness or the feeling that your throat is closing.
  • Numbness or tingling around your mouth.

Please call our office at 919-350-1630 during business hours Monday-Thursday, 8 am-5 pm with questions or concerns. After hours or on the weekends, please contact the on-call doctor by calling 919-350-8000 and asking to page the ENT doctor on call.