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Jan 21

Do I need to change my diet or medication before or after thyroid/parathyroid surgery?

There is not typically a need for a patient to change their diet before or after thyroid surgery. However, surgery patients may need a thyroid hormone pill once a day after surgery.

Once a patient has had their entire thyroid removed they will absolutely need a thyroid hormone pill, once a day, for the rest of their life. That will be a brand new medicine for them following surgery.

If a patient only has one of the thyroid lobes removed, there’s about a 20-percent chance that the other lobe (which is still working) may not make enough thyroid hormone for the patient. In instances where the remaining thyroid lobe is not making enough thyroid hormone for the patient, the patient would need to take a thyroid hormone pill once a day every day for the rest of their life.

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