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Thyroidectomy: Surgery to Remove the Thyroid Gland

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Updated June 20, 2014

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Risks of Thyroid Surgery
Before and After Thyroid Surgery

Before & After Thyroid Surgery

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In addition to the general risks of surgery and the risks of anesthesia, a thyroid surgery has its own risks.

Risks of Thyroid Surgery

  • Hoarseness or vocal cord problems
  • Permanent change in voice
  • Sore Throat
  • Dysphagia, difficulty swallowing
  • Calcium deficiency (if the parathyroid glands are removed or injured)
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