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How Long Is Recovery After A Total Thyroidectomy And Right Hand Side Node Dissection?

Postby luxovious » Mon Oct 09, 2017 5:11 am

I have just been diagnosed with papillary thyroid cancer - and am having my whole thyroid along with around 20 lymph nodes taken out on 29th December. I am so so scared. One day I'm strong, the next I'm a blubbery mess. Will the pain be horrendous? How long before I am nearly back to normal? I am supposed to be a bridesmaid 10 days after - will I be ok to go to the wedding? Any help is greatly appreciated!! XX
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How Long Is Recovery After A Total Thyroidectomy And Right Hand Side Node Dissection?

Postby kelvin » Mon Oct 09, 2017 5:14 am

Neck Dissection Recovery
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How Long Is Recovery After A Total Thyroidectomy And Right Hand Side Node Dissection?

Postby Montaigu » Mon Oct 09, 2017 5:21 am

The thyroid gland is situated at the front of the throat, below the Adam?s apple. It comprises two lobes that lie on either side of the windpipe, joined in front by an isthmus. The thyroid gland secretes hormones to regulate many metabolic processes, including growth and energy expenditure. Hypothyroidism means the thyroid gland is underactive and fails to secrete enough hormones into the bloodstream. This causes the person?s metabolism to slow down.
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Postby Feltin » Mon Oct 09, 2017 5:25 am

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Postby Waydell » Mon Oct 09, 2017 5:31 am

You should be able to attend the wedding. Most patients I deal with say that pain is less than they expected. Usually a bit of pain with swallowing for a day or two. Don't be afraid to take your pain med if you need it. Another tip- sleep with the head of your bed elevated or in a recliner for about a week to help cut down on the swelling.
The surgeon I work with takes stitches out 2-3 days after the surgery to help prevent scarring. We put steri-strips on then that are removed or fall off within 4-5 days after. You will want to watch for tingling in your hands or fingers, that is a sign of low calcium.
Just follow your doctors instructions and you should be fine.
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Postby garwig95 » Mon Oct 09, 2017 5:54 am

I'm sorry for your diagnosis, but hopefully I can provide you some insight and reassurance.
I had a total thyroidectomy with a modified radical, bilateral, central neck dissection (11 lymph nodes out) July 29th '08 for papillary thyroid cancer.


Neck dissection usually involves a little bit more healing time since they are pulling the muscles to get to the nodes.
I felt like/ looked like Frankenstein since I had to rotate my whole torso to look to the right or left.
I'd guess you'll have radioactive iodine (I-131) as the follow up treatment, since they know it spread to the lymph nodes (is this correct?).
Your doctor might start you on Synthroid (or equivalent) right away and give you Thyrogen injections, or they might make you go hypo by not having a thyroid nor meds.
This can make you feel tired, among other things, but you shouldn't feel it 10 days after your TT.

The pain wasn't too bad, but the hypersensitivity of my scar was annoying.
My surgeon uses Dermabond (surgical glue), so the scar healed nicely.
I'd ask your doctor for a silicone gel sheet (I used Cica-Care), they do wonders!!! They flatten and reduce the redness of the scar, I'd suggest getting one.


Honestly, I can't tell you when you be "normal" again, it depends on if you are having follow up treatment.
I know how emotional this time can be, having cancer is tough on you and the people around you.
Find a support system, and you will make it through this!! God bless! If you have any questions, don't hesitate to email me!

Here's a great site that have everything you need to know about thryoid cancer: http://www.thyca.org/
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