Re: Thryoid removal
That's interesting. There IS less likelihood of calcium problems due to two of the four parathyroids not being touched with a lobectomy. But as far as less damage to the vocal cords, I've never heard that reasoning before. The thyroid gland wraps around the throat, so I would think having it done all at once would give you better odds at nothing going wrong. Do you KNOW if it's cancer? If even one side is cancerous, most surgeons will take out both anyway to stop the spread. Thyroid cancer is the easiest cancer to treat, but you DON'T want it spreading to lymph nodes. In my case, only one side showed cancer on my biopsy but the entire thing was riddled with cancer when they took it out. It's not that uncommon, about 10-15% to get the wrong result from a biopsy. If you are having swallowing problems, it sounds like your growth is pretty large. Have you had an ultrasound or a biopsy done, or are they scheduled?
Last edited by DR37; 09-28-2008 at 04:37 PM.