I had my left thyroid lobe removed. The doctor told me that I would not have to go on any medication. I have talked to other people that have had thyroid removed and they are on medication. Should I need some?
24 Feb 2012
Was this an Endo or surgeon or ? An Endo will give you an in depth response. I do suspect that you will need to go back for blood draws periodically to check on your TSH levels.
Right now you still have a thyroid and it will quite nicely take up the slack. Did they leave the parathyroids on the side you had removed? These are important as well.
Watch for symptoms over the next few months that are changes in how you regularly feel. If there are none then it is no different than having part of a lung or liver or whatever removed. The body is quite amazing.
If you do have symptoms get in to see your doc and talk it over. Remember to write things down like what and time of day. Depending if you are male or female and how old you are creates different results in your reports.
Be well. You are quite lucky you don't need medication.
25 Feb 2012
Do you mean you had a lymp node taken off because if you had half your thyroid removed you would need thyroid medication as the thyroid regulates your metabolism and other things in your body. Get yourself an Endocrinologist that can treat you for what you had done.
28 Feb 2012
if you had a partial thyroidectomy for hyperthyroidism or disease in part of your thyroid gland, there is still a portion of your thyroid producing all of the hormones it needs to produce for your body to function properly. If they were not present, you certainly would know very quickly after your sugery. And my father was a surgeon. I know how he did and his patients were cared for to suit my father and he had high requirements. He personally explained every surgery and the response obtained post-operatively. It is standard operating procedure to always leave enough thyroid gland and parathyroid gland to allow the individual to function as normally as possible after recovery, if not, the needed medications and explanations of their usage given tothe patient, with support numbers to call for any assistace with mediction administration with family members ad caregivers alike.
So, if you have any questions regarding your surgery, make an appointment to talk to your surgeon.
The Medically Educated Hippie,
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