Patient Instructions

OPERATION:
THYROIDECTOMY

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

DIET:
As desired unless otherwise directed by your physician.

MEDICATION:
Resume previous medications, if any.  Aspirin can be restarted 48 hours after discharge.  If thyroid cancer or total thyroidectomy, please consult further with your physician regarding thyroid and calcium supplementation.

PAIN:
Two Tylenol® caps every 4 hours as needed, or as prescribed.  No ibuprofen or aspirin. 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 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.

TO DECREASE THESE SYMPTOMS IF THEY OCCUR:
Take one to two Tums® tablets, 3 times a day, if any tingling. If this does not relieve your symptoms, please call your physician’s office.

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