Hypocalcemia Most Common Complication After Total Thyroidectomy|
Recent research has found that the most common complication after total removal of the thyroid (thyroidectomy) is a deficiency in calcium known as hypocalcemia. As many as 6% of patients having a total thyroidectomy suffer this complication.
Additionally, researchers found:
- The average time patients spent in the hospital was 2.5 days
- As many as 1% of patients suffered from wound hematoma or hemorrhage
- Unilateral vocal cord paralysis occurred in as many as .77% of patients
- Bilateral vocal cord paralysis occurred in as many as .39% of patients