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Will I need or receive pain medication following thyroid or parathyroid surgery?

A patient will receive pain medication from the anesthesiologist while they are asleep during thyroid or parathyroid surgery.

When patients wake up in the recovery room following surgery, they will have a sore throat. Until patients are able to drink on the day of surgery, if a patient has any pain at all, the nurses in the recovery room will give them IV pain medication.

Typically, once a patient is awake, they will be able to drink cold liquids right away. It is fine for a patient to have liquids immediately following surgery. There are no restrictions on consuming liquids following surgery.

Once a patient is able to swallow liquids, Dr. Kroeker will get them on Tylenol and Ibuprofen very quickly, which when taken together, do an excellent job of controlling the minimal amount of pain following surgery.

It is very rare that any of Dr. Kroeker’s patients have so much pain that they need a narcotic, but these are made available if a patient needs them.

Narcotics can make you feel nauseated and lethargic, and the last thing Dr. Kroeker or the patient wants after having surgery is vomiting. Vomiting post-operatively can increase the pressure in the neck and can cause bleeding.

There have been multiple studies that have shown that the combination of Tylenol and Ibuprofen is just as effective or even better than using a narcotic.