Stephen J. Schueler, M.D.

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Grave's Disease Treatment

The treatment for Grave's disease usually includes medications to control hyperthyroidism, beta-blockers, and surgery. With treatment, most people with Grave's disease live normal lives.

The treatment for Grave's disease includes:

Grave's Disease Questions For Doctor

The following are some important questions to ask before and after the treatment of Grave's disease.

Questions to ask before treatment:

  • What are my treatment options?
    • Is surgery an option for me?
  • What are the risks associated with treatment?
  • Do I need to stay in the hospital?
    • How long will I be in the hospital?
  • What are the complications I should watch for?
  • How long will I be on medication?
  • What are the potential side effects of my medication?
  • Does my medication interact with nonprescription medicines or supplements?
  • Should I take my medication with food?

Questions to ask after treatment:
  • Do I need to change my diet?
  • Are there any medications or supplements I should avoid?
  • When can I resume my normal activities?
  • When can I return to work?
  • What else can I do to reduce my risk for complications?
  • How often will I need to see my doctor for checkups?
  • What local support and other resources are available?

Grave's Disease Specialist

Physicians from the following specialties evaluate and treat Grave's disease:

Grave's Disease Surgery

Surgery is performed in young patients with Grave's disease, and those with severe thyroid enlargement. It is also useful in those who cannot tolerate medications for hyperthyroidism or radioactive iodine treatments. Thyroid hormone replacement therapy is necessary after surgical removal of the thyroid gland.

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Last Updated: Dec 14, 2010 References
Authors: Stephen J. Schueler, MD; John H. Beckett, MD; D. Scott Gettings, MD
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PubMed Grave's Disease References
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