|Entry # 9 - The Nodule Fine Needle Aspiration Biopsy: Too Easy|
|My Story - The Beginning|
|Tuesday, 18 November 2008 17:00|
So today was the day of the fine needle biopsy. The thought of someone sticking a needle in my neck repeatedly gave me the shivers. Though, I was very confident in the endocrinologist. I knew the importance of this fine needle biopsy. I just want this nodule to be benign....
My endocrinologist entered the room with an assistant. I believe he was the endocrinologist fellow (medical student.) They quickly set up the room. The pathology personnel were also in the room to ensure enough thyroid cells are collect for an accurate assessment.
The fine needle procedure was actually very simple. I laid down and the doctor positioned the ultrasound on my neck. The assistant doctor used a long needle and inserted the needle into my neck. It only felt like a pinch. The doctor gave me the option of anesthetic but in reality that is a needle to. I selected to "suck it up" and just go with the needle in the neck. Good choice. They used three needles in order to ensure an accurate sample was obtained. There was little to no pain throughout the procedure. After the procedure my neck felt slight sore and there were three little needle prick spots. Overall, this was a good experience and I was very happy with the care.
The pathologist put the cells on the slides in the room and he actually let me look in the microscope. I had no clue what I was looking at but that was neat. The pathologist informed the other doctors he had enough cells to analyze and that was it. It took less than 10 minutes and I was done.
If the report comes back as benign then I’m can move on with my life. In the back of my mind I was hoping this would be the final procedure done. With the majority of thyroid nodule it would. I was just hoping to get on with my life. However, I was very comfortable with my endocrinologist now so I knew that if thyroid cancer was discovered his recommendations would be statistically and medially accurate.