You may need to have tests that show exactly where your thyroid gland is located. This will help the surgeon find the growth during surgery. You may have a CT scan, ultrasound, or other imaging tests.
You may also need thyroid medicine or iodine treatments 1 to 2 weeks before surgery.
Tell your doctor or nurse about all the medicines you take, even those bought without a prescription. This includes herbs and supplements.
Several days to a week before surgery, you may be asked to stop taking medicines that make it harder for your blood to clot. These include:
- Clopidogrel (Plavix)
- Ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin)
- Naproxen (Aleve, Naprosyn)
- Warfarin (Coumadin)
You will probably be asked to stop eating or drinking at some point the night before or day of surgery. Your doctor or nurse will give you specific instructions.
Ask your doctor which medicines you should still take the day of surgery.
If you smoke, try to stop. Your recovery time will be shorter if you do not smoke. Ask your doctor or nurse for help.
Your doctor or nurse will tell you when to arrive at the hospital. Be sure to arrive on time.