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Jan 27, 2018 · New to Mayo and first time traveling to MN... in Visiting Mayo Clinic

Mayo is very easy to navigate and everyone is helpful if you have questions or need help to find your way around. Once you get acclimated to the setup, it is easy.

Lots of eating options at Mayo. The cafeteria is fine, plus there are also lots of other options if you venture further in the Subway. Lots of chains (Dairy Queen, Quizno’s, Subway and coffee places like Starbucks, Dunkin Donuts, Caribou) plus some very good local places.

If your appointments are in the Mayo or Gonda buildings (or the other nearby buildings), I would recommend staying in the hotels nearby. If you have lots of appointments, you can easily go back to the hotel to rest, etc. While I have stayed at hotels further out plenty of times and have used their free shuttles with no issue, what so ever, for first visits, I would recommend staying in the hotels downtown that are connected by the Subway.

Good luck! Mayo is amazing and unlike any other medical facility.

Jan 27, 2018 · Has any one taken the shuttle from Minneapolis airport? in Visiting Mayo Clinic

The shuttle is a great way to get to Mayo. I only have used Go Rochester and while it was not free, the cost was reasonable. I recommend the shuttle. A stress free way to get to the clinic, if flying.

Jan 4, 2012 · Thyroid nodules in Head & Neck Cancer

I had a large nodule on my thyroid since 2008 and was biopsied twice, with the results benign both times. Two weeks ago tomorrow, I finally had a thryoidectomy. The nodule was cancerous. The recovery was pretty easy for me, with no issues. I was diagnosed with ovarian cancer and had a hysterectomy 4 months ago, so this was a much easier surgery for me.

I understand your concern about your vocal cords, since you are a singer. My voice has changed, but my thyroid nodule was large (9cm!) and was pushing on my vocal cords so my voice had been getting hoarse prior to surgery. If you need surgery, I would make sure that you have a good, experienced surgeon.

Good luck!