Thyroid Surgery FAQ

Why would I need thyroid surgery?

There are many indications for thyroid surgery, including a nodule on the thyroid that is concerning for cancer, a diagnosis of thyroid cancer, and a nodule or enlargement of the thyroid (goiter) that is causing undesirable symptoms.

How long will I be hospitalized?

Some patients can go home the same day of surgery, whereas others are admitted to the hospital overnight for observation. Most patients are discharged from the hospital no later than one day after surgery.

Will I have pain after the operation?

Patients may experience mild pain after thyroid surgery that is easily relieved with medical management.

Will I have stitches?

All stitches placed during thyroid surgery are hidden under the skin and will not be externally visible.

Will I have any physical restrictions after my surgery?

Extreme physical activity should be limited after surgery for a time ranging from a few days to a few weeks. Normal activity can begin the day following surgery.

What are the complications unique to thyroid surgery?

Injury to the recurrent laryngeal nerve is one possible complication of thyroid surgery. This nerve works on the vocal cords, and damage to it can result in permanent hoarseness. Additionally, patients may experience hypothyroidism, hypoparathyroidism (low calcium levels) following thyroid surgery.

Schedule an Appointment in Birmingham, AL

If you’re seeking thyroid surgery in the Birmingham area, contact Advanced Surgeons, P.C. today to schedule an appointment. Give our office a call at (205) 595-8985.