Since I don’t do surgery or prescribe drugs, I usually don’t see thyroid surgery patients until a few months after they have healed. They come to me looking for ways to manage their thyroid function naturally.
Recovery after thyroid surgery can be difficult. Even after you heal up, you can still have the same underlying metabolic problems at play that caused you to have the surgery.
The key is to try to resolve these underlying issues to aid in recovery and to help maintain what you still have.
Unfortunately you are not made with spare parts, so you will need to do something to replace the function of thyroid and to help regulate your underlying metabolic problems. Generally this involves thyroid replacement hormone and a plant-based anti-inflammation diet.
Thyroid surgery is pretty serious and can leave some complications.
The thyroid gland is not an encapsulated gland, so it's very difficult to remove all of it. There are usually small remnants left behind, which can continue to cause thyroid symptomatology.
However, there are things you can do to help thyroid surgery recovery (diet, nutraceuticals.) Your surgeon will go over what to expect from your surgery, but will most likely tell you:
The thyroid is not an encapsulated gland, so it may not all come out in the surgery. Most of the time some is left behind and will still cause issues. This is when patients come to get my help.
Usually a patient has undiagnosed Hashimoto’s or their thyroid damage is a byproduct of another underlying metabolic issue.
Until the underlying issue is addressed the body will keep attacking the pieces of the thyroid that were left behind from the surgery.
Also consider going to a doctor trained in functional wellness so that kind of analysis can be performed.
Functional wellness doctors are passionate about finding solutions to your health problems, not just masking the resultant symptoms of disease.
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