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Pre-Op Info >> Thyroid Surgery

Thyroid Surgery

Posted On: 2011-12-19

 *Be sure to read your discharge papers for more detailed information!


  • Resume normal pre-operative diet as soon as possible.




  • Resume any regular medications unless otherwise instructed.
  • If needed, a prescription for pain will be provided.




  • Avoid stretching neck backwards, or tilting head back for about 2 weeks.
  • Turn head from side to side frequently.
  • Fatigue is normal after surgery. Take frequent rest periods if needed.
  • Avoid driving until neck movements and range of motion are adequate for safety.
  • The doctor will discuss return to work dates with you after your two weeks follow-up appointment.




  • Begin showering/bathing surgical area when instructed, usually 2 days after procedure.
  • Wash with regular soap and water gently and follow the line of incision, drying well after.
  • Leave the incision open to air as much as possible.
  • Avoid irritation by necklines of clothing and necklaces.
  • If not removed prior to discharge, sutures will be removed in the office.
  • Call the office for a follow-up appointment, as instructed.
  • After sutures and/or steristrips are removed, you may gently apply lotion to soften the incision and reduce scarring.




  • Mild to moderate pain controlled by oral pain medication.
  • Minimal swelling and redness.
  • Little or no drainage unless a drain was used and then you may expect minimal to moderate clear to bloody discharge for 1-2 weeks.




  • Excessive bleeding or drainage occurs.
  • Excessive swelling or redness.
  • Temperature over 101 degrees.
  • Difficulty breathing or swallowing.
  • Unusual pain, nausea and/or vomiting.


IF OFFICE IS CLOSED and an EMERGENCY arises, please call 911 or go to the Emergency Department.  

A MISA surgeon can be reached by calling the office answering service at (309) 677-6019

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