How do they take out a thyroid?

Posted by cindiwass @cindiwass, Jan 4 8:50pm

The doctor wants me to have my thyroid taken out because the nodules are very large. It has not been determined whether I have cancer. But I am afraid of a big incision (someone said it would go from one side of my neck to the other) because I have a keloid condition and I am afraid the incision will be apparent and unsightly.

Good heavens, don't worry about the incision. Mine is in the crease of my neck, horizontally, and I can't even notice it is there. No one has ever mentioned it to me in conversation. At first I thought I would wear silk scarves, but I never did. Mine is not large at all. The big worry is that they may damage your vocal chord in the surgery, and that is the problem I must deal with the rest of my life. No more choir, and food sticks in my throat, as well as pills. I did some exercises, but it did no good. No more speaking in public well. Checking your blood and keeping on the thyroid pills accurately is the main concern. I went to an endocrinologist and that is very important to do. I can't eat walnuts, grapefruit, or milk products for breakfast. I eat them later in the day, however. I had a series of tests one year later, and was found to be cancer free. I understand about the keloids. I watch Dr. Pimple Popper and learn a little. I don't tell my family I watch because it is so gross, but I have a lipoma in my back that itches. I am letting it go for now. I no longer have a double chin. I am happy. Dorisena

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not sure i you'd be a candidate,, but I saw a video on youtube that went thru the arm pit instead of cutting on the neck..

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@dorisena

Good heavens, don't worry about the incision. Mine is in the crease of my neck, horizontally, and I can't even notice it is there. No one has ever mentioned it to me in conversation. At first I thought I would wear silk scarves, but I never did. Mine is not large at all. The big worry is that they may damage your vocal chord in the surgery, and that is the problem I must deal with the rest of my life. No more choir, and food sticks in my throat, as well as pills. I did some exercises, but it did no good. No more speaking in public well. Checking your blood and keeping on the thyroid pills accurately is the main concern. I went to an endocrinologist and that is very important to do. I can't eat walnuts, grapefruit, or milk products for breakfast. I eat them later in the day, however. I had a series of tests one year later, and was found to be cancer free. I understand about the keloids. I watch Dr. Pimple Popper and learn a little. I don't tell my family I watch because it is so gross, but I have a lipoma in my back that itches. I am letting it go for now. I no longer have a double chin. I am happy. Dorisena

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Thank you very much for the informative answer.

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