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Had the lobectomy.... FINALLY!

Jun 24, 2009 - 0 comments
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lobectomy

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Thyroid

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nodule

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surgery



After more than 2 years of fighting surgery, I finally decided it was a battle I just really didn't want to deal with anymore and had Herbie (3.9cm nodule in my left lobe) taken out yesterday.  Overall, feeling pretty good.  Tired, hurts to swallow, still a tad funky from the anesthesia, but otherwise ok.  Going to see if I can go without pain pills today.

I'm very pleased they only took out the left lobe.  There was some concern about the nodule being cancerous based on past FNAs, size, etc.  Doesn't mean I'm out of the woods yet, tho.  Further analysis of the nodule is pending and I could still have to to back in and have the other half of my thyroid taken out next week.  Crossing fingers, knocking wood, and all that good stuff.

Another reason I'm pleased is because the surgeon did a very small incision.  It's about 1-1/2" long.  That's it!  I can already turn my head both ways, albeit carefully.  

I'm really looking forward to benign pathology results, getting the follow-up visit out of the way, and getting on with other things in my life.

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