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Are you scheduled for thyroid surgery? The ear, nose and throat doctors at West Coast Ear, Nose and Throat in Simi Valley, Oxnard, Camarillo and Thousand Oaks, CA explain how you should prepare for your procedure.
Schedule your presurgical testing
Make sure you complete your presurgical testing as soon as possible. Failing to schedule testing by the deadline may mean that you'll have to reschedule your surgery. Testing is usually conducted within 30 days of your procedure. Presurgical testing offers a very effective way to identify any conditions or diseases that may affect your surgery or your treatment. You'll undergo a variety of tests, such as a chest X-ray, blood test and electrocardiogram (EKG). During the visit, you'll discuss your health and surgical history and meet with a member of the anesthesiology staff. If you take several medications, it may be helpful to make a list of the names and dosages of your medications before your appointment.
Follow the recommended schedule for stopping medications
Certain medications, both prescription and over-the-counter, and herbal supplements can worsen bleeding. Stop taking aspirin and vitamin E 10 days before surgery, herbal supplements seven days prior to your procedure and nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medications two days before surgery.
Get ready for the big day in Simi Valley, Oxnard, Camarillo and Thousand Oaks
Make sure you're prepared for surgery by following these guidelines:
- Stop eating solid foods at midnight. Ask your doctor if you can have clear foods or drinks after midnight. Don't eat or drink anything at least two hours before you surgery.
- Take important medications in the morning. Although you may need to stop some medications before surgery, your doctor may want you to continue to take others. Take these medications with as little water as possible.
- Leave jewelry at home.
- Don't bring large sums of money or other valuables with you.
- Don't wear makeup, perfume, lotion or powder the day of your surgery.
- Make sure that a family member or friend is available to drive you home and take care of you after surgery.
Making preparations for your thyroid surgery will help you ensure that there are no problems that could delay your procedure. If you have any questions about your surgery, call the doctors at doctors at West Coast Ear, Nose and Throat in Simi Valley, Oxnard, Camarillo and Thousand Oaks, CA.
Here are some telltale signs that you may need thyroid surgery in Thousand Oaks.
Here are the most common conditions and reasons why it may be time to consider getting thyroid surgery in Thousand Oaks.
Why is thyroid surgery performed?
Thyroid surgery is typically recommended if thyroid cancer is detected, if there is a nodule that is causing issues such as problems swallowing or breathing, if there is a fluid-filled cyst that reoccurs after drainage, or if hyperthyroidism cannot be properly treated with the use of medications. However, surgery for hyperthyroidism is rare.
What is thyroid surgery?
The main purpose of thyroid surgery is to remove part or all of the thyroid gland to prevent nodules or cysts, or to remove cancerous parts of the thyroid.
There are several types of thyroid surgeries including a total thyroidectomy in which the entire thyroid gland is removed; a thyroid lobectomy, in which your Thousand Oaks ENT will only remove one lobe; or a subtotal thyroidectomy, in which we will remove more than one lobe (this is most common in those whose hyperthyroidism is due to Graves’ disease).
Thyroid surgery is an inpatient procedure and most patients can leave the hospital one or two days after surgery. Your general health along with the type of surgery will dictate how soon you can leave the hospital and how long your recovery time will be.
What to consider before thyroid surgery
If your doctor has recommended a total thyroidectomy, your entire thyroid will be removed. This means that you will develop hypothyroidism and need to take a synthetic hormone for the rest of your life.
Other thyroid surgeries like a lobectomy can also bring about hypothyroidism. If this happens you will also need to take thyroid medication for life.
If you are experiencing any of these problematic symptoms, then it may be time to schedule your next appointment with your Thousand Oaks ENT as soon as possible. We will be able to run the necessary tests to determine whether thyroid surgery is right for you.