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Thyroidectomy: 5 things every patient without a thyroid should know

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Thyroidectomy: 5 things every patient without a thyroid should know

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If you have had your thyroid removed with a thyroidectomy then there are 5 VERY important things that YOU should know!

Once your thyroid is removed your body is changed forever and if you don’t understand what that means for you then you may end up feeling poorly or symptomatic for a long time.

This information ALSO applies to those people who have had their thyroid damaged from radioactive iodine ablation (by the way) and also those people who have had only HALF of their thyroid removed through something called a hemithyroidectomy.

Here are 5 things to know if your thyroid has been removed:

#1. You are now HYPOTHYROID.
It doesn’t matter WHY your thyroid was removed but once it has been removed you are now effectively and functionally HYPOTHYROID. This means that ALL of the information I talk about (directed at hypothyroidism) also applies to YOU!

#2. T4 isn’t enough by itself for you.
Medical research has shown that T4 (such as Synthroid or levothyroxine) is not enough to NORMALIZE thyroid function in people who have had their thyroid removed.

#3. You will probably gain weight and weight loss will be very difficult.
On average, people who have had their thyroid removed gain 20 pounds. In addition, weight loss is more difficult afterward.

#4. Thyroid supplements CAN and should be used.
There is still a place for thyroid supplements (which can be helpful) whether you have a thyroid or not!

#5. You will be on medication for LIFE.
Once your thyroid is removed you will be on thyroid medication for the rest of your life! The only exception is if you’ve had half of your thyroid removed (it isn’t always necessary in this case).

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I’m Dr. Westin Childs and I focus on thyroid health, hormone balance, and weight loss. I write about thyroid disorders, weight loss, insulin resistance, estrogen/progesterone balance on my blog. I truly believe that hormone balance is the key to managing your weight, your mood and your quality of life which is why I’m so passionate about it.

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This video is not intended to be used as medical advice. If you have questions about your health please consult your physician or primary care provider. Dr. Westin Childs goes to great lengths to produce high-quality content but this is NOT a substitute for medical care.

4 thoughts on “Thyroidectomy: 5 things every patient without a thyroid should know”

  1. Hi! First of all, I am so thankful I found you! I have been sending articles of yours to other people who need it. I feel like I have hope again. I feel validated and like it is not in my head. Now to find a Dr. who will listen! I had my thyroid removed because of cancer and I think I need to be on T3 I had a dr prescribe it to appease me a few years ago but it is a very minimal amount. I am now confident that I need to be on a higher dose of T3 and little to no T4. How do I learn what my dosage should be, so I can fight for it? I cannot live like this anymore. I need to be the mom and wife I was created to be! I want me back! THANK YOU!

  2. Hello from Canada. I found this site looking for information about whether a thyroidectomy (half) is really necessary. I have a 1.5cm nodule that increased from a smaller size over a few years. Two biopsies were both inconclusive, and I was referred to a specialist. He immediately recommended surgery, as per protocol..(in case of cancer).. that was not convincing to me. In asking the probability of cancer he said it was below 50%. Reading the list here of what I can expect if I do it, doesn’t seem worth it if it’s just out of caution. If you are willing to give me some advice or point me to some articles I’ll gladly take it. I do plan on getting a second opinion.

    • Hi Heather,

      Unfortunately, I’m unable to provide you with personal medical advice but my general advice is to never remove your thyroid gland unless it’s absolutely necessary. You’ll have to decide if you want to live with the potential risk of cancer and whether or not it’s worth the risk to leave your thyroid in.


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