Your surgeon will go over in detail what you can expect but in general, you will be directed to not eat anything the night prior to your surgery. Depending on the extent of the surgery, it will take about 2-3 hours and you will most likely be discharged within 24 hours with instructions on how to care for yourself and the incision. During your hospital stay, your doctors will monitor you for complications. Although you may feel fatigued and your voice may feel weak, most patients are able to eat, drink and talk right after the surgery. Most people only take between 2-3 days off work. Your endocrinologist will call you within a few days with the results of your surgery and give you detailed instructions on how to follow up.