I'm scheduled for my second surgery this Tuesday to remove the other half of my thyroid (I had the right side and 5.5 cm nodule removed on May 20th that turned out to be papillary and follicular cancer).
It's a total new doctor because the first doctor is not available until the end of July and I'm concerned about scar tissue developing and I also really want it over with.
I'm wondering if I can expect this surgery to be like the last? I understand the surgeon plans on reopening the current incision, perhaps making it a little longer, but they have me scheduled to stay over night this time when I went home the same day for the last one. They also mentioned a drain coming from the incision for this surgery, but I didn't have one the first time. I don't want to seem arguementative with the doctor, but I don't understand why this surgery is different. Can someone enlighten me?
Meanwhile, from what I understand, I also need the RAI treatment in about 6 weeks. Does anyone know approximately how long a person is in isolation and what it's like (any sickness, pain, etc.)?
Thanks in advance!