Head and neck surgery

Surgical Procedure Recommended return to non-manual employment Recommended return to manual employment Other Advice
Hemi-thyroidectomy 2 weeks 3-8 weeks A thyroid operation may temporarily affect the volume of voice. This may be a factor to consider if the job places high demands on speech, for example, teachers, call centre workers. Speech may become fatigued as it is used during the day.

Driving advice: Practice reversing and checking blind spots while the car is stationary before attempting to drive.
Subtotal thyroidectomy 2 weeks 3-8 weeks Longer if parathyroid glands removed

A thyroid operation may temporarily affect the volume of voice. This may be a factor to consider if the job places high demands on speech, for example, teachers, call centre workers. Speech may become fatigued as it is used during the day.

Driving advice: Practice reversing and checking blind spots while the car is stationary before attempting to drive.
Total thyroidectomy 2 weeks 3-8 weeks More time off for chemotherapy

A thyroid operation may temporarily affect the volume of voice. This may be a factor to consider if the job places high demands on speech, for example, teachers, call centre workers. Speech may become fatigued as it is used during the day.

Driving advice: Practice reversing and checking blind spots while the car is stationary before attempting to drive.
Parotid gland removal 2 weeks Possibly longer  
Submandibular gland removal 7-14 days 2-3 weeks  

 


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