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Unread 10-29-2011, 11:05 PM
Hysterectomy after Thryroid surgery

I had a thyroidectomy last October 2010 and I am now scheduled to have a hystectomy on December 6th 2011. I am concerned about the affect the surgery my have on my metabalism which is now regulated by medication. I am still dealing with the weight gain caused by the removal of my thyroid.
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Unread 10-30-2011, 12:57 PM
Re: Hysterectomy after Thryroid surgery

I have a thyroid issue. For most of my life they thought it was hypo but my new endocrinologist is questioning that due to the fluctuations of my thyroid levels. I asked him if there would be any problems with having a hyster and he said no, it is stable enough at this point he doesn't feel it will cause any problems.

I know this doesn't really answer your question since I think his idea of problems is that it won't cause major havoc with the surgery nor my thyroid. He may not be considering weight gain.

If you have your ovaries removed that in and of itself may cause some changes. I have a friend who had her ovaries removed years ago. She said that menopause caused her to gain a lot of weight although I think some of her weight is there because she has other medical issues that are affecting her.

From reading and talking to other people, the hyster made them feel so much better that they were able to get more exercise and they lost weight. It may be that we won't know what happens for us until we get to the other side.
Unread 10-30-2011, 08:33 PM
Re: Hysterectomy after Thryroid surgery

Javastew - You may want to ask your doctor about this. While is it my understanding that gaining weight after a hysterectomy is a myth, you may he in a different boat due to your thyroid issues.

Good luck.

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Unread 10-31-2011, 11:05 AM
Re: Hysterectomy after Thryroid surgery

I had a total thyroidectomy in January of 2010 and had my TVH Oct 12, and I can't tell any difference in my metabolism from the hysterectomy. Actually I have lost about 6 lbs since surgery, but I think that was first from nausea and then lack of appetite. Just make sure you keep up with the thyroid medication. They wouldn't let me bring my synthroid from home to the hospital. I was there 5 days and the hospital pharmacy supplied generic levothyroxin in the same dose I would have had at home.

I gained weight too after the thyroidectomy, and finally have found a diet that works for me, so the weight is coming off, even though it probably is happening slower than it would for someone with a healthy thyroid.

Best of luck to you.
Unread 10-31-2011, 04:17 PM
Re: Hysterectomy after Thryroid surgery

Originally Posted by ksopaints View Post

I gained weight too after the thyroidectomy, and finally have found a diet that works for me, so the weight is coming off, even though it probably is happening slower than it would for someone with a healthy thyroid.

Best of luck to you.
What is the diet if you don't mind sharing? I have a hypothyroid and hadn't even thought about this. I've had a lot of problems with diets working with my thyroid especially since learning to stay away from veggie's in the broccoli family. Yes, I love raw broccoli which is probably why it's bad for me.
Unread 10-31-2011, 06:37 PM
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Honestly, I don't stay away from broccoli at all. My thyroid medicine is adjusted to allow for that. My dose is a suppressive one to keep the TSH levels down to .05 or lower. I had thyroid cancer and that is supposed to minimize or prevent hopefully any recurrences. I do stay away from soy products though.

The diet is one by Joy Bauer. She is a registered dietician, and does occasional segments on the Today show in the morning. She has a book called "Your Inner Skinny" that explains the diet, or you can sign on JoyBauer.com and do an online program. It might not work for everybody, but it is working for me. It is safe for type 2 diabetics which I am. WeightWatchers didn't work anymore for me. It used to but they keep changing the program around.

I guess different plans work for different people. This is the one that I have had luck with.

Good luck.
Unread 11-04-2011, 08:28 PM
Re: Hysterectomy after Thryroid surgery

Thank you for the information. I keep hearing about staying away from Soy. I am lactose intolerant and use Soy in my coffee etc. Thank you everyone for the replys and support. It is great.
Unread 11-04-2011, 10:08 PM
Re: Hysterectomy after Thryroid surgery

The soy might be okay as long as it's not taken at the same time as your thyroid replacement. I take mine first thing in the morning with water and wait at least an hour before coffee or breakfast.

Also my doctor did not say anything about avoiding soy. I had read that in a medical site. I'm not big on soy anyway, but it may be perfectly okay. Just like some say broccoli is bad with thyroid issues, but I eat that without any problems. I guess what I'm saying is it might be best to do your research and talk with your doctor. He/she should have the final say on that, especially if you're lactose intolerant.


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