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Will I need to follow a low-iodine diet following thyroid surgery?

Whether a patient will need to be placed on a low-iodine diet will depend on whether or not they have thyroid cancer and are receiving radioactive treatment with iodine. If a patient needs radioactive iodine, Dr. Kroeker will make that decision alongside the endocrinologist. If necessary, it usually takes place 6-8 weeks following surgery.

It is recommended before receiving radioactive iodine to be on a low-iodine diet as a preparation for treatment. This depletes your body of iodine so that when you get the radioactive iodine pill your body will take it all in. The radioactive iodine pill burns the microscopic thyroid tissue, so you want all of that tissue to be hungry for iodine during treatment. This is why a low-iodine diet is recommended.

If a patient is not receiving radioactive iodine treatment they do not need to worry about their iodine intake.