• After a Total Thyroidectomy is it normal to feel a fullness in throat especially with swallowing. Will this subside ?

    Asked by Baileysmom on Monday, January 21, 2013

    After a Total Thyroidectomy is it normal to feel a fullness in throat especially with swallowing. Will this subside ?

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    • SMT4's Avatar
      SMT4

      After full thyroidectomy it is normal to have a feeling of fullness in the throat especially if there is swelling or some fluid in the area. Its best to ask your doctor though if its a normal amount of swelling or fluid. Also depending on how far out from surgery it can be scar tissue pulling or tugging on the throat and esophagus. Using a straw for fluids really helps me. The fullness didn't go completely away for me but it did lessen.

      over 4 years ago
    • jollymon's Avatar
      jollymon

      My total thyroidectomy was in Sept. of 2008. I still have fullness in my throat and I cannot sing as well either, but flip of that one is that I don't have to worry about my lumpy old thyroid any more or the cancer that was in it!
      I do agree with SMT4 that using a straw to drink helps too.

      over 4 years ago
    • katiecakes' Avatar
      katiecakes

      I agree, it is normal for quite a while. For me, it went away roughly a year after my surgery

      over 4 years ago
    • emsavard's Avatar
      emsavard

      If you just had the TT there could still be some inflammation. As stated in other comments it could also be scar tissue. Who really knows what the surgeon does when they are in there?? As SMT4 mentioned using a straw for liquids may help if you choke . I choke on water from a water bottle when I forget to bring my head back down after taking a mouthful. The full feeling in your throat may go down or away with time.

      over 4 years ago

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