What happens if thyroid gland is removed?

What happens if thyroid gland is removed?

If your entire thyroid is removed, your body can’t make thyroid hormone. Without replacement, you’ll develop signs and symptoms of underactive thyroid (hypothyroidism). Therefore, you’ll need to take a pill every day that contains the synthetic thyroid hormone levothyroxine (Synthroid, Unithroid, others).

Is thyroid removal a serious surgery?

A thyroidectomy is a common but major surgery with serious risks and potential complications. You may have less invasive treatment options.

What are the side effects of no thyroid?

They include:

  • Weight gain.
  • Cold intolerance.
  • Fatigue.
  • Sleep problems.
  • Trouble concentrating, described as brain fog.
  • Depression.
  • Dry skin.
  • Muscle cramps.

Can you live without thyroid gland?

Thyroid disease is common, and in some cases may require removal of your thyroid (thyroidectomy). Fortunately, you can live without your thyroid. You will need long-term thyroid hormone replacement therapy to give you the hormone your thyroid normally produces.

How long can a person live without a thyroid?

Can you live without your thyroid? The short answer is yes. People can live full, long lives without a thyroid (or with an underactive thyroid) if they take medication to replace the absence of thyroid hormones in their body with thyroid medication.

How is the thyroid removed in a robotic surgery?

In a robotic thyroidectomy, the surgeon can remove all or part of the thyroid through an axillary incision (via the armpit) or transorally (via the mouth). You may resume most of your normal activities the day after surgery.

What should I expect after a total thyroidectomy?

After a total thyroidectomy, you will take lifelong thyroid hormone replacements. Because your entire thyroid gland is removed, it will no longer supply you with the hormone you need to control your body’s metabolic processes. You might also have to take supplements after thyroidectomy to balance your calcium levels.

Where is the incision for thyroid surgery located?

Under special circumstances, thyroid surgery can be performed with the assistance of a robot through a distant incision in either the axilla or the back of the neck.

What happens to your hormone levels after thyroid surgery?

After your surgery, you may develop hypothyroidism. If this occurs, your doctor will prescribe some form of levothyroxine to help bring your hormone levels into balance. It may take several adjustments and blood tests to find the best dosage for you.