Thyroid Surgery

For those of you who have stumbled across this blog in search of information about thyroid surgery, hopefully this page will make things a little easier to navigate!

In December 2010, I had surgery to remove my overactive thryoid.

Thyroid conditions have often been linked to coeliac disease, and having suffered from hyperthyroidism for as long as I can remember, it has been a big part of my life!

Before having my thyroid removed I was on medication for years, it then went into remission before becoming overactive again.

This time, I decided I wanted it out!

Before my operation I was in a blind panic of googling and after not being able to find much information on people’s personal experiences of the surgery, I was a nervous wreck.

I have created this page in the hope that if you are going through thyroid surgery or have just had an operation, it might put your mind at ease a bit!

Here’s all my thyroid related posts so far (will keep updating as and when I post – newest at the top!)….

Four years post surgery

A long overdue thryoid update (nearly 2 years post-op)

Thyroid Surgery – One Year On

9 months post-op

Thyroidectomy Scar 5 months on

Three months post-thyroid!

Another month gone by with no thyroid!

My Thyroidectomy Experience (post op)

Coeliac Disease linked with thyroid cancer (news)

Links between Coeliac Disease and Thyroid Conditions (my experience)

For those of you who want to see the gory details (If you’re having/had the surgery I know you’re dying to see what the scar looks like!) here’s some images (which I hope to update regularly!) on the progression of my scar.

For those of you who are a little squeamish, look away now!

My thyroidectomy experience:
15th Dec 2010, The day after my op (complete with surgical drain and staples!)
My thyroidectomy experience:
20th Dec 2010 – Back home, staples are all gone and there’s a bit of bruising!
My thyroidectomy experience:
6th Jan 2011 – been using the bio-oil and it’s looking heaps better already!
My thyroidectomy experience:
8th Feb 2011 – nearly 2 months after surgery and people already don’t notice my scar until I tell them, though to me it’s still so obvious!
My thyroidectomy experience:
12th March 2011 – Three months (ish) after my op and I’m really noticing how differently shaped my neck is!?
My thyroidectomy experience:
21st May 2011 – five months on and you can barely see the ends of my scar – it’s healing amazingly well!
My thyroidectomy experience:
31st August 2011 – 9 months on from my op and my scar is so much better!
My thyroidectomy experience:
17th Dec 2011 – Just over a year after my surgery my scar has improved considerably


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  3. April 25, 2011 / 18:05

    Hey, I’m going in to have mine out this Wednesday (4/27/11) and I’m pretty anxious. I imagine it felt a little strange put the pictures of it up, but it was kind of nice to see what I can expect “visually”, so I appreciated it.

    • Sarah Howells (GF Blogger)
      April 25, 2011 / 18:29

      Jonathan – it did feel strange putting pictures up as I am still a little self concious of my scar, but when I was having my op I found it hard to find anything but horror stories and I wanted to show people that it isn’t as scary as the internet tends to make out! Hearing that it makes people feel a bit better about their op makes it all worthwhile – I know exactly how you’re feeling – I was terrified and I’m the biggest wimp around (I cried and passed out when I got my ears pierced!) but nearly five months on I am soooo glad I’ve had it done – my scar is healing amazingly well and with virtually no pain 🙂 Best of luck, I’m sure it will all go well and don’t be too nervous 🙂

  4. April 25, 2012 / 04:51

    Hi Sarah, I’m so glad I came across your blog. I also have to have a total thyroidectomy due to lots of nodules, which is annoying because my thyroid levels are just fine. I’m glad to hear you haven’t put on weight either as that is my biggest fear. I’ve just been tested for Coeliac disease too and am awaiting the results, but have been trying to cut out gluten for the last few months. I’d love to hear how you’re going now with your thyroid, as it’s been more than a year? And if you feel much different that before your surgery. Thanks! Jo

  5. leanne
    May 15, 2012 / 09:53

    i have to have an operation to remove my thyroid gland as i have a nodule that could be cancerous. i dont want to have the op, i cry every single day in fear of having the op, things going wrong and fear of lkeaving my 5yr old son cuz im so scared of dying. i cant eat or sleep, i just wish i didnt have to have the operation done, im so scared and so upset, ive put the operation off for months but i know i have to face up to it and have it done!

    • Tammy
      August 11, 2012 / 02:36

      Hi LeAnne,
      I’m do for surgery soon and feel just like you did.Just wondering how your surgery went? I hope all is well.

  6. Shannon14
    December 31, 2014 / 16:37

    Hello first I would like to say Thank You for your time and your journey!
    I’m a 2 week old just had surgery and doing good!! My ? is the weight , did you gain or loose weight???

    • Sarah H (GF Blogger)
      January 1, 2015 / 14:00

      Hi Shannon, I’m glad it is of help! My weight has pretty much stayed constant since my surgery – I did however still have some of my thyroid left in which seems to be going overactive again. I think this could be why? I know some people have had problem with weight gain. When my thyroid was overactive I used to eat A LOT and never put on weight, so perhaps this is why? Because suddenly our thyroid isn’t burning it all off and we have to watch what we’re eating? The best thing you can do is to try and eat a healthy diet and exercise, and if you do have problems get in touch with your GP/Specialist. I hope this helps and your post-surgery journey all goes well 🙂 x

  7. peggy
    January 17, 2015 / 03:43

    I had thyroidectomy for cancer, 12 hours of surgery but my scar wasn’t near as large as yours. Just wanted to let people know it might not be so large.

    • Larz Nichole Casquejo
      May 5, 2015 / 11:54

      Hello how are you? I hope your okay! Can I ask you something about thyroid hormone therapy?

  8. Larz Nichole Casquejo
    May 5, 2015 / 11:52

    Hello Everyone. Do you know anyone who is a thyroidectomy patient? Pls skype me at (larziano20).

    • Andrea Malagonia
      February 26, 2018 / 11:53


  9. chrissy
    September 13, 2015 / 05:56

    I love your site, puts me at ease! How big was your goiter? Im having surgery in 5 days and my goiter is 11 cms! Im super terrified about the breathing and drain tube, but i cant wait to have this huge mass removed.

    • January 6, 2018 / 17:10

      Chrissy – how did it all go?

      • Chrissy
        January 6, 2018 / 21:58

        Went pretty good, although finding the right dose is the real struggle now.

      • Lisa
        January 8, 2018 / 01:00

        Good to hear it went well Chrissy. So you had an 11cm Nodule – do I have that right? Mine is massive and I pretty much have myself half in the grave envisioning mets to the lungs and such. I’m 56 tho.

      • Chrissy
        January 8, 2018 / 19:26

        Lisa you will be fine! I had a distant friend that had worse, the cardiologist had to get involved. She is fine now.

  10. mariaeblaq
    September 14, 2016 / 06:25

    wow ! really amazing, jst had mine too. but worried about the scar, and what to apply to help it go off quickly

  11. britney
    September 28, 2016 / 04:01

    I had a Thyroidectomy on May the 12th, Less than 2 months later I had an appointment with my surgeon on July the 10th and he was amazed to see that my scar is almost none existent. For two months I was using the Dr Max Powers Scar Serum and it worked. The surgeon was surprised and even wrote down the name of the Scar Serum to recommend to his clients.

  12. December 10, 2016 / 10:19

    Your scar looks like a smiley face! =) — That sounds rough, what you went through. As nurse, I can only imagine how unnerving that must have been. Lucky me, I haven’t ran into any thyroid issues yet, however there seems to be a family tendency for it. I hope you are doing well!!!

    • Sarah H (GF Blogger)
      December 17, 2016 / 17:27

      Ah thank you, my boyfriend calls it my second smile haha! Let’s hope you avoid it 🙂

  13. Kelli Addison
    December 27, 2016 / 07:05

    I had my thyroid and 73 lymph nodes removed June of this year ,2016 due to cancer. My scar is still bothering me some though it will be 6 months end of December. Sleeping and gaining weight have been and still are an issue. Due you have any words of wisdom regarding this whole journey? I am taking the synthetic thyroid hormone and feel there’s got to be something better or will make me feel like the fun loving, humorous, creative, active ole self. Thanks and best wishes with your journey. Kelli Addison

  14. Leeann
    December 27, 2016 / 19:17

    See an endocrinologist if your not. Tell him/her all of your symptoms. No matter how small. I waited 3 years to see an endo after having 2/3 of my thyroid removed, big mistake. Have more health issues now then ever.

  15. Rachel
    January 17, 2017 / 15:42

    Hi, I had my thyroid removed 13 years ago at the age of 14 due to Hyperthyroidism. I was just wondering what dosage of thyroxine do you take? and do you have any side affects? I currently take 200mg but feel like I am having hypo symptoms even on this amount.

  16. Lori
    January 22, 2017 / 02:03

    Dr. Sebi who cured people since 1984 said that his patient grew back her thymus gland after his treatment with herbs

    • Andrea Malagonia
      February 26, 2018 / 12:00

      Can you tell me more please. I had my thyroid removed Nov 2017. And I feel worse than I ever did

      • Sarah H (GF Blogger)
        February 26, 2018 / 19:50

        Sorry to hear you feel worse! I am doing a full update soon on my current situation, but I’d definitely recommend you speak to your doctor!

  17. tasha
    January 27, 2018 / 01:46

    Thank you so much for your post. Having a total thyroid removal next Friday and have had issues with Gluten for years (tested negative as will not go back on diet long enough to diagnose – get too sick). I have a nodule that tests as either cancerous or per-cancerous (will know after surgery) so whole thing is coming out. Having the pictures helps so much as my imagination was driving me crazy. Never even imagined there was a connection!

  18. February 14, 2018 / 23:22

    Great page. I am having a full thyroid removal had left side gone now got to have right side then on thyroxin for life. Any experience in this or any knowledge on this ???? Thanks all

  19. Catherine Guinn
    June 28, 2018 / 10:26

    This is great! I had my first half out in 2013 with a 4cm lump of cancer and had a horrible recovery and the second half came out 6 months later and I was petrified. Thankfully the recovery was a breeze compared to the first.
    I am still struggling with my weight due to having no thyroid even though my levels are bang on. I can’t seem to lose the 40lbs I gained after all was out. I can’t eat barely anything or i balloon. I don’t know what to do.

  20. Alora
    August 13, 2018 / 23:20

    Hi Sarah – I have a pretty big goiter that makes it difficult to swallow food and am considering surgery as an option. Im also Hashimotos so my food intake is very limited right now. After your surgery were you able to eat everything again or do you still remain gluten free (or any other diet).


    • Sarah H (GF Blogger)
      August 18, 2018 / 08:40

      Hi Alora, I have coeliac disease so I have to follow a gluten free diet anyway. But apart from that I luckily didn’t have problems with swallowing food so I returned to my normal gluten free diet. Best of luck with whatever you do 🙂 Sarah

  21. Lyn
    August 10, 2019 / 16:42

    Could you tell me what bio oil you used? I didn’t see the name mentioned here.

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