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Old 08-09-2003, 12:00 AM   #1
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Question thyroid Surgery

They told me that I would be in the Hospital for about five days depending on how things go and the adjustment on the medication goes like the calcuim they say that is hard to get balance out. how many days is the normal time to stay in the hospital after this kind of surgery

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Old 08-09-2003, 12:04 AM   #2
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I was only in the hospital for two nights- even though I was told my surgery was a difficult one because of my shorter neck. Any longer I would have gone mad! It's very rare that your calcium could be affected- only if they hit the parathyroid glands. You're in my thoughts kay !

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Old 08-09-2003, 12:08 AM   #3
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Thank you for letting me know that.

Old 08-09-2003, 04:52 AM   #4
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If you're having your entire thyroid removed there is a higher chance that the parathyroids will be "upset" during surgery. Know the signs of hypocalcimia (low calcium). A major one is a numbness or tingly feeling in your face. I had this, and was able to tell my nurse, she then started IV calcium, and I was able to go home in 2.5 days. The Dr. had my blood tested every 2 hours, annoying, but they were able to stop my calcium from getting too low. Good luck with your surgery.

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