Dr. Terris shares if women need to take thyroid supplements after having a thyroidectomy.
If the entire gland is removed, typically we’ll replace the function of the gland with a thyroid supplement. It’s a natural supplement we’re simply substituting for the function of the gland. It’s a once-a-day pill, has a long half-life.
What that means is if you miss a dose or two, it’s not the end of the world. You can probably miss it for a week and not tell much difference, but typically you should take it once a day.
About Dr. David Terris, M.D.:
Dr. David J. Terris is a Professor, Department Chair and Porubsky Distinguished Chair in the Otolaryngology Department at the Medical College of Georgia. He graduated with his B.A. from Cornell University and his medical doctorate from Duke University Medical School.