I will be having at least one side of my thyroid removed. The CT scan notes that the goiter extends to T4 and is pressing against the brachiocephalic vein and has displaced the larynx. The surgeon said that they will have a thoracic surgeon on standby in case the goiter can't be removed through a neck incision.
The thought of having my sternum sawed in two causes a bit of concern.
Any comments on experiences with this surgery would be appreciated.
Last edited by Norton850; 04-11-2012 at 10:06 AM.
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Wow, that must be one tremendous goiter! Sounds like your surgeon is competent, and wants to be prepared for the worst case scenario---the main thing is to have a great thyroid surgeon, who has done this many times before.
I had my thyroid removed, it was normal sized with a 2.5 cm nodule, and my surgeon, a thyroid specialist in Manhattan, took 4 hours to do it! Mine was a breeze---just a small incision in the neck, hopefully yours will go as easy.
Thanks for the encouragement. The surgeon has performed 4000 thyroid operations, so that is reassuring. The CT reviewer noted that "most of the thyroid lies within the mediastinum behind the sternum." I'll be talking to the surgeon a few days before the operation next week, but I'd still like to hear of patient experiences .
Last edited by Administrator; 04-15-2012 at 11:23 PM.
The surgery went well Tuesday. It lasted about 3 1/2 hours. I awoke after 5 hours. Initial results are that the removed goiter looked normal. When the surgeon held up her hands to show the size of the goiter, I asked her if it was the largest one that she had removed. She said that it wasn't, but that it was "up there". She said that digging it out had been a bit of a challenge. Pain was mainly a sore throat from the breathing tube. Licorice tea is a home remedy for sore throat, and it seemed to help. Today the drainage tube came out. I was given prescriptions for Oxycodone and Tylenol. I took one Tylenol and skipped the more potent stuff.
My room overlooked the city lights. I asked for hot coffee at 10PM, which wasn't such a brilliant idea. I stayed awake all night, but was quite comfortable, probably because of good stuff in the IV drip. The menu was 4 pages long and the food was quite good. Thankfully, I have good medical insurance, because just the preliminary bills are quite large.