Thyroid No Surgery 101: Readmission after thyroid surgery.When and Why?
- Complications after thyroidectomy can occur early after discharge.
- 22,654 patients underwent inpatient thyroid surgery during the study period, 990 of whom (4.4%) were readmitted within 30 days.
- Most common diagnoses during readmission were disorders of mineral metabolism and hypocalcemia, accounting for 36.0% and 26.6% of readmissions.
- Calcium-related abnormalities were the top diagnoses at readmissions (22.1%).
- Calcium deficiency shown as an effect on the hand.
- Low calcium due to damage to parathyroid glands can cause you to go back in as an emergency readmission.
- Most readmissions (54.6%) occurred within 7 days of discharge, with 24.6% within the first 2 days.
- Readmissions after thyroid surgery occur early after surgery.
- Emergency readmissions occurred when Socioeconomic factors, comorbidities, and complications during the first surgery occurred.
- Another type of complication that put you back in the hospital and in reason to get outside second opinion before planning to have surgery.
- The best way to decrease your chance of readmission is to not have thyroid surgery you don’t need.
What we learned. Thyroid surgery must be needed and not just a simple answer to a problem that does not require surgery or could be treated with alternative methods such as ethanol PEI or radiofrequency ablation RFA.
Call me at 310-393-8860 or firstname.lastname@example.org for evaluation before you go under the knife.