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Old 11-01-2011, 02:09 PM   #5
Join Date: Aug 2011
Location: Philadelphia, PA USA
Posts: 7
sunshinie HB User
Re: Thyroidectomy recovery?

I think you'll be fine going back to class after a few days, but don't overdo it with the kids. I think they told me no lifting more than 10 lbs, no bending over, and things like that. You should be fine fixing meals and doing light duties, just take it easy and get as much rest as possible so your body can heal.

I had a partial thyroidectomy (left lobe), spent one night in the hospital and came home the next day. I felt sore and weak, but not terrible. I basically didn't do much the first few days - just the basics. My kids are a little older, so they helped me quite a bit. I went back to work after one week. I ended up needing a completion thyroidectomy and neck dissection two months later, and I honestly felt better after the second surgery than I did after the first. Maybe that was simply knowing what to expect? Who knows. Good luck!