THYCA and The AHNS Endocrine Section AHNS Chat
Dear Section Members,
Prepare for the next joint AHNS/ThyCa Chat on Thurs, Dec 14, 2023! These Zoom events have been successful in patient education and popular with ThyCa folks – the last one had 1000+ views and climbing!
The topic of the next AHNS ES Chat is “Preparing for surgery, before and after.” Prelim questions below. If interested in participating as a panelist, please email [email protected]. Happy holidays!
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Q1: Does my diagnosis determine what kind of surgery I may need? Please help me understand these terms:
- Total thyroidectomy vs. partial thyroidectomy
- Thyroidectomy with central neck dissection vs. lateral neck dissection
Q2: After I know what type of surgery I’ll be having, can you describe the recovery time frame? Will I have a drain and for how long? When can I work? What about exercise?
Q3: Patient Panelists: do you have any helpful tips or suggestions to prepare for surgery?
Q4: Is it true that my calcium levels might drop after surgery? How is that treated?
Q5: Patient Panelists: Did your calcium levels drop after surgery? Was it temporary?
Q6: What will my pain be like and how will that be managed?
Q7: Will I have to stay in the hospital overnight?
Q8*: What can I expect about my voice after surgery?