position of head during thyroidectomy

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A funny question, but I need to know as I am suffering severe vertigo after a thyroidectomy. My cranial osteopath asked if any pressure had been applied to both sides of my head  at any time. Nothing came to mind except two thyroid operations. Is the head held in position while the surgeon operates? Can anyone help on this?

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    I'm being put on a thyroidectomy waiting list so this concerns me , I hope you get the answer here so I can be forewarned. Sorry you're suffering xx

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      Dear jan,

      Please don't worry about it and don't go reading all that might happen. As I saidi n a previous message I am one of those people who are always in the soup. I was known as Calamity when I worked in my hospital.



      I am happy to answer any questions at all x

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    He offered me RAI too, but I've made my choice because I can handle pain, just not sickness etc!

     I'm. Full of trepidation that I won't be myself after, that I won't have any energy or va Va voom !

    im scared, but more scared of the prognosis of death is my heart keeps pounding !!

    hope you're ok, recover well, except for the vertigo??


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      Hello jan,

      Please don't be scared it isn't half as bad as you imagine and depending on why they are doing it , I would go for the RAI if it is considered the right thing.Miy lump was found after a scan for a small strokeand three weeks later I was in St George's, Tooting having a hemi thyroidectomy. Three weeks later i was told it was cancer so the rest had to come out and then I would have RAI.

      I worked myself up into a real stew, but all went well and although very tired I was fine. It made a great excuse to have others waiting on me for a change as my husband has alzheimers. As for the vertigo, I had a very bad RTA involving a motorcycle,( which won) nearly 60 years ago. Added to that previous injury I had vertigo for 6 years.

       It isn't a usual thing at all and was never mentioned. Of more concern is the loss of my high soprano voice, but again not usual. I am just one of those maverick people.

      I had the RAI because I wanted to do all possible to rid myself of the cancer and if I hadn't I know I would have been worrying myself sick over every ache and pain. Why don't you wait to see how you feel after your operation and talk to the surgeon then.

      Love Bunch

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    Hi jenny, it's possible that your head was held in position using a piece of apparatus that is a bit like a vice so pressure would be on both temples . However some surgeons use a gel filled ring (like a giant donut) under the back of your head during the surgery. Every surgeon is different. You can ring your surgeons secretary (go through hospital switchboard and ask to be put through) & they will ask the surgeon or check on your theatre notes ; position of patient and any aids/apparatus used has to be documented by theatre staff.

    I was a lead operating department practitioner for over 26 years . Hope this helps xx

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