Low Thyroid and Hip Replacement Surgery

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I am schedule for a Total Hip Replacement on April 4.  My bloods were taken in December 2015, and they came back as a slightly/marginally low thyroid.  I am scheduled to have the bloods taken again on March 14.  This does not leave too much leeway between the bloods' results and the pre op assessment which would be due around March 14, 2016, same day as the bloods are to be taken!

I am wondering to what extent a marginally low thyroid is likely to affect the surgery date?  Will it be cancelled, until the thyroid is medicated to where it should be? 

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    For any surgery in general it is very important to have high T3. There is a lot of info on the Internet regarding this topic, you have to do a Google "Scholar Search", it will show you papers on real scientific research. Ask for your T3 both total and Free measured and then maybe take some cytomel before your operation. If your doctor will not prescribe it (ask him why not first) show him the publications and if he still doesn't have a good answer I will PM you where you can buy it yourself.
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    Hello Susie:

    My name is Shelly and I am a nurse in the USA.  I also have Hashimoto's thyroid disease since 1987. I am 54.

    Our body needs good levels of hormones and minerals and vitamins.  All of this helps the heart and in healing.

    So you may want to ask your doctor for 25mcg of Levothyroxine.  It is a low dose and will most likely bring you up to normal.

    Make sure you have your minerals in good shape, this includes: Potassium, calcium, sodium, magnesium, iron, ferritin, Vit C and Vit B-12 and Vit C.  A good multi-vitamin can help.

    Vit D is low in a lot of us who are older. I take 2000IU a day.  I recently had back surgery and I made sure my minerals and Vitamins were good.  Hormones & vitamins aid in healing inside of the body.

    So it is a wise idea to take a low dose Thyroid replacement medication and make sure your thyroid levels are at their best.



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      Hi Shelley:

      Many thanks Shelley for your advie.

      I spoke with my doctor last evening. and we have arranged another blood test for the beginning of March, and should the test come back at a still borderline level, I will be medicated to bring y thyroid levels up to where they should be.

      Incidentally, I have lived in the US most of m life - New York and over 25 years in San Francisco

      My best regards,


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      Hello Susie:

      That sounds like a good plan.  It could have been a bit low if you were recently under stress or even a bad virus could make the hormone low for a while.

      Keep us posted on how you do,


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