How long is thyroid surgery?
Alright, let’s address the elephant in the room. The question everyone seems to be asking but nobody wants to answer – how long is thyroid surgery? I know what you’re thinking: “why on earth would someone try and make a funny article about such a serious topic?” Well my friends, I’m here to tell you that it can be done!
Before we get into the nitty-gritty, let me give you some background information so we’re all on the same page. Your thyroid gland is located at the base of your neck and plays an important role in regulating your metabolism (that fancy process that turns food into energy). If it malfunctions or develops cancerous cells then thyroidectomy – surgical removal of part or all of the thyroid gland may need to take place.
Now, back to our burning question…
Average Time Frames for Thyroid Surgery
The length of time a thyoidectomy takes largely depends on several factors including:
- Whether just one side (lobectomy) needs removing
- Whether both sides(compete removal) needs taking out
- The size & type of goiter if present
- Past surgeries
- Other complicating medical issues
If only half(lobotomy procedure) your thyroid gland requires removal because it’s causing hyperthyroidism by producing too much hormone / nodules; It typically takes 2–3 hours for complete extraction .Try not getting anxious during this time ,it could lead you into sweating bullets.
Complete extraction tooks longer than partial extraction usually between 2 and 4 hours depending once again ,on :
- Experience Of Surgeon
- Goitre Size
- Inexperienced Doctors(recommend somebody with experience though).
Factors That Affect Length Of Recovery Post-Surgery
Unfortunately, even after the surgical removal of a thyroid gland, you’re not out of the woods just yet. In fact ,more times than less several other factors can still influence the recovery process that cause lasting effect to patient including but not limited to.:
- Patients older( age>60) may take longer time for full recovery post surgery
- Hormone Levels Post Surgery
- Low hormone levels often trigger muscular pain and long healing period.
- Dental Problem Linked Recovery
- Problems arising due to dental grounds should be informed at pre-level huddle so careful medication can also help in speedy recoveries .
Table: Factors Affecting Thyroidectomy Length & Recovery
|Factors That Affect Thyroidectomy Time Frame||Factors That Can Delay The Recovery|
|Humorous||Did You Get The Surgeon’s Jokes?||Unable To Laugh Right After Surgery|
|Experience||Surgeon’s Experience Level||An Unexperienced Surgeon|
|Goiter Size||Size And Type Of Goiter||Healing Slowly Due To Scar Tissue Formation|
|Mental Stability With Medicine Intake||(Postoperative Care)-(Massage Therapy)- (Drugs/ Medicines)||Complications Arising From Previous Esophagus Surgeries|
Fortunately, after completing the surgery successfully, you’ll spend some time waking up in your recovery area before being transferred to your hospital room.
For most patients, a day or twoas an admitted patient is usually standard treatment protocol;Though it could vary considering how critical recovery area seems once operation crosses over six hour mark.
As we’ve briefly discussed earlier, relief from prior hyperthyroidism symptoms such as anxiety attacks will probably mean immediate improvement in some cases. However,for optimal body acclimation and stability regarding future healing; most physicians recommend against returning to workat least until seven days post surgery.
Whether you’re preparing for thyroid surgery or just curious, knowing how long a particular type of extraction takes and the factors that can be either speed bumps or launches will assist in better decision making process..
Remember that while it may seem scary at first, with great surgeons and a little humor, things like thyroidectomy aren’t as daunting as they may initially seem.
Stay stress-free & remain informed!