How is the recovery process from parathyroid surgery?


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The recovery process for parathyroid surgery is normally not lengthy, according to the American Association of Endocrine Surgeons. In most cases, patients are sent home the day after surgery and return to work within a few days. Some discomfort is normal, and medication helps control sensations of pain.

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Immediately following surgery, patients are taken to a recovery room where their condition is monitored closely for four to eight hours, according to the American Association of Endocrine Surgeons. After being evaluated by health care staff, the patient is either discharged and able to go home or is admitted to the hospital for an overnight stay. This depends largely on the patient's overall health and his ability to swallow, breathe without difficulty and speak after surgery.

After going home, patients can expect to have a sore throat and experience minor difficulty swallowing water and other fluids, reports the American Association of Endocrine Surgeons. Patients are often advised to eat only soft foods, such as ice cream, for a few days. Narcotic medication is prescribed for pain control, although many patients take over the counter medication, such as Tylenol or Motrin, for pain. After two to three days, patients normally do not need pain medication. Some surgeons also prescribe calcium supplements after parathyroid surgery.

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