Will I have any restrictions after my thyroid surgery?

You should not drive or drink alcohol while taking narcotic pain medications. You should also not drive until your neck has comfortable, full range of motion.

You should not soak or scrub your incision for the first week or two after surgery, although you may shower and pat the area dry gently.

Generally, walking, stairs, and lifting objects are all fine after thyroid surgery. Most people return to work or routine activities within 1-2 weeks of surgery.

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