The nurse is providing discharge instructions to a patient that underwent a thyroidectomy. Which of the following should be included in the discharge instructions?

Life-long thyroid replacement medication is required.
Notify the physician if you experience cold intolerance, lethargy, or dry skin.
Routine lab tests will be required.

Explanation

• After a thyroidectomy, thyroid hormone replacement is needed for life. Routine monitoring, including lab tests, will be required.

• The physician should be notified if signs and symptoms of hypothyroidism (cold intolerance, lethargy, dry skin, and so on) develop.

• Dexamethasone is not required for this patient.

• Dehydration and hyperglycemia are not associated with thyroidectomy.

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