Will I have stitches that need to be removed after my thyroid surgery?

This depends on your thyroid surgeon. Some surgeons use small external stitches which are removed within a few days of surgery. Other surgeons use dissolvable stitches under the skin which do not require removal. Other surgeons may use glue in place of sutures.

You may have steri-strips, skin adhesive, or a dressing which needs to be removed at home. Please follow the instructions your surgeon sends home with you.

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