Met with the new surgeon for my 2nd thyroid surgery: a "substernal thyroid resection". I have a rather large mass growing downward that needs to be removed. It's about 2 inches in size--large on the scale they use--He assumes it is residual thyroid, however, there is the slight possibility of it being a cancerous or benign mass from the "original" thyroid tissue.
The surgeon is hoping he can go in through the old incision and remove the mass in that manner. If not, a follow up surgery will need to be done, either through an incision under my arm near the chest, or, by "opening" aka breaking the sternum, the latter of which would really suck
Surgery is tentatively scheduled for Aug. 21st. I hope to wake up from it hearing ng they were able to remove the mass but atleast he alerted me to the other possibilities. Again, I was very please with my visit with him and am less nervous about being in a different hospital/healthcare system. So, my battle isn't entirely over but I'm just look forward to getting through it and back to feeling myself again! The hypothyroid symptoms are the worst!