My mother has been suffering from thyroid opthalmopathy from last one year. Symptoms: Thyroid hormone fluctuation (generally hyper, long term methimez (10 mg) usage turns into hypo) , eyes are swelled, protrusion from eye socket, redness, irritation and continuous watering. she is using steroids of different dose (60,50........5 mg) for her eyes from last 7 months. Recently, she is getting back pain continuously ( we are assuming, it is may be due to steroid usage) Now she is suggested to go for thyroid surgery which is planned at the end of this month. Here i am attaching the concern reports regarding this. Can you please go through and suggest, Is it really advisable and is there any other complications after surgery. It is completely curable......???? what is the success rate of this surgery......???
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Every surgery has its complications. Immediate complications may be due to bleeding, nerve damage etc. Later on thyroidectomy may lead to hypothyroidism, hypocalcemia due to inadverdent parathyroid removal. The success rate of the surgery and rate of complications depend upon the expertise of the surgeon. Your surgeon will be in a better position to tell you those figures. After surgery, hyperthyroidism may be cured, but as I said you might have to take thyroxine replacement or calcium supplementation if you develop hypothyroidism or hypoparathyroidism, respectively.
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