Welcome to the comprehensive medical library of Anniston General Surgery Center. The information shared below is provided to you as an educational and informational source only and is not intended to replace a medical examination or consultation, or medical advice given to you by a physician or medical professional.

If you have any questions or concerns regarding any condition or treatment, please contact Anniston General Surgery Center. To schedule an appointment please call 256-Anniston General Surgery Center (240-9660) or use our online Request an Appointment form.

Anniston General Surgery Center - Health Education Library

Welcome to the comprehensive medical library of Anniston General Surgery Center. The information shared below is provided to you as an educational and informational source only and is not intended to replace a medical examination or consultation, or medical advice given to you by a physician or medical professional.

If you have any questions or concerns regarding any condition or treatment, please contact Anniston General Surgery Center. To schedule an appointment please call 256-Anniston General Surgery Center (240-9660) or use our online Request an Appointment form.

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After Thyroidectomy

Once your thyroid problems are under control, you can get back to doing the things you like to do. To keep feeling good, follow your doctor's instructions closely. Take your medications or hormone pills every day. And see your doctor for regular checkups.

Doctor and patient
Your doctor will monitor your recovery to be sure you're healing correctly and that your thyroid problem is under control.

While You're Healing

  • Your surgeon may ask you not to get your incision area wet for a few days after your surgery.

  • Avoid strenuous physical activity for a few weeks, and don't return to work until your doctor says it's okay.

  • Within a week or so, you'll visit the surgeon to have your incision checked. If you still have surgical staples or sutures, they may be removed then. Your incision will be red and raised at first, but it will probably flatten out and fade in about six months.

  • After your surgery, you may need to take thyroid hormone pills. These pills replace the hormone that your thyroid used to make.

In the Years to Come

  • If you've been given thyroid hormone or other medications, take your pills regularly to help keep your thyroid hormones at the right levels and your body running smoothly.

  • See your doctor as directed for regular blood tests. These tests confirm that your hormone pills or medications arestill at a dose that's right for you.

  • If you have a nodule, monitoring may be necessary to check for changes in its size or for the appearance of additional nodules.

  • If you've had treatment for cancer, regular exams help catch it early if it returns.

Call your doctor if you notice any of these signs, or any other problems:

  • Swelling or bleeding at the incision site

  • Fever, or tenderness

  • A sore throat that continues beyond 3 weeks

  • Tingling or cramps in the hands, feet or lips

Date Last Reviewed: 2007-01-15T00:00:00-07:00

Date Last Modified: 2003-06-23T00:00:00-06:00