My thyroid surgery went well and according to plan — but there are some things I wish I knew ahead of time that would have made my thyroid surgery recovery time even easier.
Surgery began around 9 a.m. on a Friday, and I was home at about 3:30 p.m. that same day.
My surgeon reported to my mom that he was pleased with how it had gone, and he gave her some take-home instructions.
I was actually in more pain than I had expected (or hoped for). In the recovery room, they asked me to rate my pain on a scale from 1 to 10 and my answer was “8”.
They asked if I wanted something for the pain and I remember thinking in my just-out-of-anesthesia haze, “Uh… Hello… Do you even have to ask?… I said EIGHT!”
Before I left the recovery room, the pain was down to 5. I also had a shot of pain medication right before I left the hospital. At home, I had Vicodin every 4 hours for the first 2 days.
Here’s what it was like for me post thyroid surgery (half of my thyroid was removed).
I’ve included some helpful tips to speed up your thyroid surgery recovery time, some things I wish I’d known ahead of time, and my thyroid surgery scar photos for 1 full year after the operation. [Read more…]