Thyroid surgery is generally a safe surgery. But there is a risk of complications, including:
- Hoarseness and change of voice. The nerves that control your voice can be damaged during thyroid surgery. This is less common if your surgeon has a lot of experience or if you are having a lobectomy rather than a total thyroidectomy.
- Reference Hypoparathyroidism Opens New Window. Hypoparathyroidism can occur if the Reference parathyroid glands Opens New Window Reference Opens New Window are mistakenly removed or damaged during a total thyroidectomy. This is not as common if you have a lobectomy.
|By:||Reference Healthwise Staff||Last Revised: March 28, 2011|
|Medical Review:||Reference E. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal Medicine
Reference Matthew I. Kim, MD - Endocrinology