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Thyroid surgery that removes one or both of your thyroid lobes is called a thyroidectomy.
The surgeon makes an incision (cut) in the lower neck, usually, between 4 to 6 centimetres long but can be longer if you are having lymph nodes removed.
Pre-Admission Clinic at
Toronto General HospitalEaton Building – Ground Floor, Room 400
What should I bring to my pre-admission appointment?
What happens during my pre-admission visit?
Depending on your needs, you may also meet:
7 Days before your surgery
The night before your surgery
Stop smoking before your surgery: learn how smoking and tobacco can affect your recovery after surgery, and how
quitting can improve your health.
What can I expect to have on my body?
You may be connected to some tubes and machines:
You will continue to recover when you return home.
Where and when
Wharton Head and Neck CentreWharton Head and Neck Centre Princess Margaret Cancer Centre – 2nd floor
Otolaryngology, Head & Neck Surgery ClinicToronto General Hospital | Norman Urquhart Building – 7th Floor
Three weeks after your surgery: if you don't have an appointment for a follow-up before you leave the hospital, call your surgeon's office the first week you are home.
Who do I call with general post-operative questions?
Call your surgeon's office:
Dr. D. BrownPhone: 416 946 2147
Dr. D. ChepehaPhone: 416 946 4729
Dr. K. DevonPhone: 416 323 6400 ext. 7352
Dr. R. GilbertPhone: 416 946 2822
Dr. D. GoldsteinPhone: 416 340 4767
Dr. P. GullanePhone: 416 946 2143
Dr. J. IrishPhone: 416 946 2149
Dr. J. PasternakPhone: 416 340 4792
Dr. L. RotsteinPhone: 416 340 5195
Who do I call if I experience complications
If you have new symptoms and don't know what to do, do not wait. Get medical advice or help if you are concerned.
If you have numbness and tingling of your fingers or around your mouth:
If you had your surgery at Toronto General Hospital, call your Clinical Nurse Coordinator at 416 340 4665.
If you are
calling after hours, call the Nursing Unit where you stayed after your surgery:
Consolidated Surgical Short-Stay Unit at TGH: 416 340 3521ENT/Head & Neck and Plastics Surgical Oncology Inpatient Unit: 416 340 3224
If you had your surgery at Princess Margaret Cancer Centre:Short Term Care Unit – 18B: 416 946 4501 ext. 5510
Go to the hospital nearest emergency room if you have: