105 patients had a thyroidectomy for thyroid disease and 420 controls. All tests of physical and mental health were significantly worse for the surgery patients. A thyroidectomy reduces the QOL compared to a healthy population attending a health screening center. Psychiatric consultation or supportive care may be helpful for the patients with low mental health scores.
Thyroid surgery for whatever reason can have bad effects on the patients physical and mental health.
I suggest a second opinion by expert thyroidologists before any thyroid surgery. There are non-surgical approaches to many thyroid conditions that used to be treated by surgery alone. Ethanol ablation for thyroid complex cysts,radiofrequency ablation for large solid benign nodules( >8 ml ) and Echotherapy ( HIFU ) for smaller solid nodules (
Richard Guttler MD,FACE,ECNU