Patient Instructions

Parathyroidectomy Instructions

FOR: 

Patients Going Home After Surgery

OPERATION:
PARATHYROIDECTOMY

WOUND:
Some swelling may be expected.  You can use cold compresses if desired. Steri-strips can be removed in the shower seven to 10 days after surgery, or by the doctor at your follow-up visit.  You may remove the outer bandage the morning after surgery.  No bandage needed.

DIET:
No diet restrictions.  As desired.

MEDICATION:
Resume previous medications, if any.  Aspirin can be resumed 48 hours after discharge.

PAIN:
Take two Tylenol® caps every 4 hours, as needed, or as prescribed. Throat lozenges or Chloraseptic® spray as needed for throat pain.

ACTIVITY: 
Rest today, resume full activities tomorrow.

MOVEMENT:
Neck movements are encouraged:  up, down and side to side.

BATHING:
Taking a shower, washing your hair with shampoo and water is OK after 24 hours of surgery.  Pat dry, DO NOT RUB.

THINGS TO LOOK FOR:
Numbness around the lips and tingling in hands or feet may reflect low serum calcium levels.  Expected in select patients after successful surgery.

TO DECREASE THESE SYMPTOMS:
Take one Tums® tablet, three times a day, if any tingling. Please discuss with your surgeon.  

BLOOD WORK:
Serum calcium levels to be drawn the morning after surgery. 

If you have any questions or concerns once you’re home, please contact your physician’s office for direction.