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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 Thyroid Surgery

You should be able to get back to your normal life in a few weeks. Your doctor will monitor your recovery to be sure you're healing correctly and that your thyroid problem is under control.

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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 clips 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 6 months. After your surgery, you may need to take thyroid hormone pills. These pills replace the hormone that your thyroid used to make. Your doctor will adjust the dosage of this hormone until it's right for you.

When to Call Your Doctor

  • Swelling at the incision site

  • Bleeding at the incision site

  • Warmth, fever, or tenderness (signs of infection)

  • A sore throat that continues beyond three weeks

  • Tingling or cramps in the hands, feet, or lips (signs of a problem with the parathyroid glands)

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Back to Feeling Good

After you're feeling better, the right care can keep you feeling good. If you've been given thyroid hormone or other medications, take your pills regularly to help keep your thyroid hormone 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 are still at a dose that's right for you. If you've had treatment for cancer, regular exams help catch it early if it returns. No matter what the cause, thyroid problems don't have to keep you from feeling good and doing what you like.

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

Date Last Modified: 2002-07-09T00:00:00-06:00