I am 53 years old and i just recently found out by my doctor that i have an over sized goiter on my thyroid. I went through all the testing and had biopsy that, thank God cancer was ruled out. Due to the size of the goiter my doctor said it was best to have it removed.My thyroid mass is (239.7) the procedure that the E.N.T. doctor of which i was referred too stated my procedure would be: Possible total thyroidectomy and selective neck dissection(60220) (total 60240), Based on these numbers , what does this all mean? Both Doctors agree that i need to have it removed but yet they really haven't explained to me why. A side from that my only complaint by having the goiter is difficulty swallowing but no pain and too many sinus infections.
If you're producing too much thyroid hormone, it can have bad effects on your heart and body in general. It can also become unsightly. I remember people many years ago, with goiters, who had huge lumps on their necks. Thyroid surgery isn't that difficult a surgery. Recovery is usually pretty fast.
Three years ago they found too much calcium in my blood. The problem was a para thyroid. I had to have it removed and at the same time they
removed my thyroid. It was an outpatient procedure. there was little discomfort and my throat bothered me. I will take synthroid for the rest
of my life but I was on it already.
If you don't have this treated you may develop more and more problems swallowing so it will have to be removed. If it turns cancerous you know that is trouble, some do. If the hormone production changes, ultimately you will die. If you stop taking medication you will continue to get worse. I am glad the goiter does not show thyroid cancer. However, mine turned out to be micro cell Cancer and it was the correct thing to have it removed. It was found after the surgery because my biopsy showed nothing.
I say having it removed is the safest and you won't ever have to worry about it again. My personality is not good at ignoring things and every day I would look in the mirror and worry. Now I can forget about it. Yes, you will take medication every day. Think about it.
The description of the surgery just means you will have a larger incision than usual. A good surgeon generally does the incision where you already have creases naturally. Don't worry. They may have you stay overnight, but generally it is day surgery. I felt the difference as soon as it was out. I felt better. Besides a sore throat for a few days, there was little pain. No fuss.
Good luck with your decision. Whatever you decide, write and let us know how you are doing. :-). And ask more questions until you are certain that you completely understand. A good doctor draws a picture. Ask for them to do so.ok?
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