Recovery from Thyroid and Parathyroid Surgery
Advise from Consultant Surgeon James Kirkby-Bott
The following advice is designed to help you recovery from your operation and enjoy your recovery period. Following this advice will maximise the final outcome you have.
Day 1 - You can shower, be up, dressed and mobile from day 1.
Exercise by starting with the neck stretches and a gentle walk. Also stretch your shoulders and add in arm movements like front and back swimming crawl stroke.
Day 2-7 - Continue building on the level of movement and exercises from day 1. Try and avoid anything that makes you look 'plethoric' for the first 14 days though.
Day 7-10 - To be able to drive you law states that you must be able to safely perform an emergency stop. It is also worth making sure you can turn your head to look back over your shoulder.
Day 10 - You can take all the dressings off. So you can get the wound wet in a bath or even swimming assuming all the dressings are off and the wound is dry.
Day 14 - Running, cycling and exercise classes should be ok. The more strenuous the activity the longer the rest time needed before resuming the activity.
As a general rule if it feels comfortable to do then it is OK to do it. If not comfortable, stop and try again in a couple of days.