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When can I return to normal activity after thyroid surgery?

After thyroid surgery most people are back to work and normal activity within a week of surgery. You will have some soreness in your neck but in general there are no restrictions to activity following thyroid surgery.

In general, after thyroid surgery, your activity level depends on the amount of discomfort you experience. Many patients have resumed golf or tennis within a week after the operation. Most patients are able to return to work within the first or second week of surgery, and you are able to drive as soon as your head can be turned comfortably. You should restrain from driving if you are taking narcotics for pain control (this limitation is for driver safety). You must see your surgeon for a routine follow-up office visit two to three weeks after surgery.

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