I am a 45 year old married mother of two. I have had a goiter for nearly 20 years that I am aware of. My dr. has monitored it through blood work during my annual physicals and it has been normal. This April, I had to have impacted ear wax removed (I had to have this done a couple years ago also). The nurse practitioner at the ENT's office did a full ent exam and noted the goiter and felt there was a nodule present. She suggested an ultrasound of of the thyroid. This was scheduled for 2 days later. The ultrasound was quite painless. I could tell the technician was spending more time on the left side, so I wasn't surprised when I got a call a couple days later saying there was a large nodule, measuring 4.2 cm on the left side. The ent recommended a fine needle biopsy and explained to me what was involved. This was scheduled for the following week. The pathologist who performed the biopsy spent a lot of time explaining the procedure and discussing options, including not doing the biopsy. I felt more comfortable doing the biopsy feeling certain that that would be the end of it. The biopsy itself wasn't too bad. The anticipation of a needle being placed in the neck is a bit scary, but the staff was very good.
some background info: my father had his thyroid removed at age 25 due to a goiter; I have several cousins who have had thyroids removed and/or who are on thyroid medication
I had a follow up appt for the following week, fully expecting for the results to be negative. The results were indeterminate, but follicular cells were noted. Not what I had anticipated at all. The ENT recommended removing the entire left lobe of the thyroid for further testing. I folllowed up with my regular dr. who agreed and explained that the follicular cells could pose a more significant issue. Surgery was scheduled for Fri June 12 at noon.
We arrived as scheduled at 10 am. and were taken to a pre-op room. I requested a private room for post-op. Everyone was very competent and pleasant as they prepared an IV line and monitored my oxygen and blood pressure. I was taken down to the waiting area outside the OR at 11:30. The anesthesiologist spoke with me about any complications I had had related to anesthesia; nausea and a headache were my concerns. He explained that the nurse anesthetist would be by my side through the surgery. I was informed my doctor was on his way at noon. The surg nurses said that is similar to "the check is in the mail". at 12:30 they said my doctor had arrived and at 12:45 I was taken into the OR. I moved onto the cold operating table. The staff was great covering me with warm blankets; soon the nurse anesthetist put something in my IV and I really didn't care that it was cold in the OR. I felt myself going under.