Thyroglossal Cyst Removal

Care After

Refer to this sheet in the next few weeks. These instructions provide you with information on caring for yourself after your procedure. Your caregiver may also give you specific instructions. Your treatment has been planned according to current medical practices, but problems sometimes occur. Call your caregiver if you have any problems or questions after your procedure.

HOME CARE INSTRUCTIONS

It is very important that you follow your caregiver's instructions. Following these instructions will help to ensure that your recovery is quick and complete.

  • Take only pain medicine prescribed by your caregiver or surgeon, and take it exactly as it is prescribed. Do not take over-the-counter pain medicine unless it is approved by your caregiver or surgeon.

  • For the first 2 days that you are home after your procedure, you should get as much rest as possible. Beginning on the third day, you should be able to return to your normal activities. However, you should not do anything that takes great effort or energy for at least 2 weeks, or as instructed by your caregiver.

  • For the first day after your surgery, you should only have liquids. The second day after surgery, you can begin eating soft foods. Continue a soft food diet for 2 to 3 days.

  • Proper wound care includes the following steps:

  • Check your wound every day until it is healed. Look for any sign of redness or swelling. Also make sure no blood or liquid is oozing from your wound.

  • Keep your wound dry for at least 2 days.

  • Do not take a bath until the stitches have dissolved. This should take about 1 week.

  • Once the dressing has been removed, clean the wound and the area around the wound every day as directed by your surgeon. You may need to apply an antibiotic cream to the wound until it has healed.

SEEK MEDICAL CARE IF:

  • Your throat or the wound hurts, even after taking pain medicine.

  • You have hoarseness that does not resolve in 7 to 10 days.

  • You have difficulty swallowing.

  • Your cyst recurs.

SEEK IMMEDIATE MEDICAL CARE IF:

  • Your pain gets much worse.

  • You have difficulty breathing.

  • Your wound becomes red or swollen, or it bleeds or oozes liquid.

  • You have a fever.

  • You have nausea or begin vomiting.

MAKE SURE YOU:

  • Understand these instructions.

  • Will watch your condition.

  • Will get help right away if you are not doing well or get worse.