So, I had a partial thyroidectomy last month and the remaining half will be removed at the end of this month (papillary carcinoma). I'm suppose I'm just looking for a bit of quick reassurance from people who had a TT done in 2 stages. I felt pretty ok after my first surgery, all things considered. Very uncomfortable, swollen, bruised, tired etc for 2-3 weeks but not in agony or anything terrible. Is there any reason the second op would be any different? Do you become hypothyroid immediately or is it gradual over a few days? Do you start meds the morning after and is there a standard starting dose I should expect to be given? My consultant is ok with explaining what we're going to do right then etc but I get very little about what to expect AFTER that and the appointments are such a whirlwind, I don't think of my questions till the next day!
Can you let me know how long you were kept in hospital too? My Dr knows I have a real thing about being in; I went home first thing the following morning after the last op as there were a few complications with the surgery. He said we'd try for the following day again but I should expect 3+. Now, I'm not reckless - if I felt ill, I wouldn't be making a fuss to go home. But if I feel fine (as *fine* as I did last time!) is there any reason I shouldn't be allowed out with a similar timescale? If I were going to have parathyroid complications, wouldn't that be fairly quick (hours, rather than days?)
Any advice, experiences, would be greatly received