What information should be provided to patients with thyroidectomy prior to discharge?

Updated: May 08, 2018
  • Author: Neerav Goyal, MD, MPH; Chief Editor: Arlen D Meyers, MD, MBA  more...
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Before discharge, patients should be instructed on proper incision care as well as given information on signs of hypocalcemia (ie, numbness or tingling of the digits or perioral area). Additionally, they should be made aware of neck hematoma as a possible complication and the signs to observe. For incision care, hydrogen peroxide and petroleum jelly can be applied to the incisions twice a day. Should patients develop neck swelling or difficulty breathing, they should go immediately to the nearest emergency room.


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