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Risks of Thyroid Surgery
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Risks of Thyroid Surgery

What are potential risks of the having one thyroid lobe removed? .  The doctor said that a couple of risks are that there could be injury to the nerve, or damage to parathyroid gland.  Anything else?
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Yes, these are the main risks in addition to the typical risks of any surgery including infection, bleeding and complications related to anesthesia.  Of course there is also a chance that you will need thyroid hormone but if the other lobe is completely normal then the probability of requiring thyroid hormone is only about 25%.  Typically patient who have a lobectomy who require thyroid hormone also have Hashimoto's thyroiditis.
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