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You will most likely be able to go home either the same day or spend a night at the hospital.
Most patients are fully recovered within 10 days. You can return to most activities at that time, but you will need to restrict water-based sports. Swimming is not recommended until after at least a month after surgery. Since your thyroid gland was removed, you will have to take medication to take the place of thyroid function. Your doctor will prescribe a thyroid replacement hormone that you will have to take the rest of your life. This will be monitored regularly as recommended by your doctor. The dosage may be adjusted to maintain the proper hormone levels.
The procedure is performed under general anesthesia and with an endoscope to direct the surgeon to the gland. Instruments are inserted into a tiny incision – usually no more than one- inch long – and the gland is removed. The procedure takes about two to two-and-a-half hours. The incision is covered with a protective tape.
One tiny incision that is ½ to one inch in length is made at the base of the neck.
You may be released the same day, but most patients stay overnight for observation.
Most patients are fully recovered 10 days after surgery. You will have some restrictions, such as no swimming for a month. Your physician will also recommend that you always apply sunscreen over the scar after it has healed.
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