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    minerva312 asked a questionThyroid Cancer

    Are there ANY surgeons who DONT Damage Vocal Cords/Larngyeal Nerve during Thyroidectomy

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      CrazyHarry

      Great questin. Mine didn't. Make sure your surgeon has done a lot of these procedures. 75-100 per year. As you know there are lots of sensitive parts in your neck.

      My surgeon as Dr. Hinni from Mayo Clinic here in Phoenix AZ. I would highly recommend using him. Plus the weather her this time of year is marvelous!!

      Just shoveled 3 feet of sunshine off my driveway.

      about 2 years ago
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      cam32505

      Yes, but you need someone who specializes in thyroid surgery. I had mine done at UofM, and the next morning, there were 3 of us with the same scar on our necks. So, they obviously had many surgeons capable of performing this surgery (as it takes 4-6 hours, so I'm assuming 3 different doctors did the surgery). Anyway, I had no problem eating, swallowing, drinking, talking, etc.

      about 2 years ago
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      Thanks sooo much for the feedback. Crazy Harry Could I please bottle up a little bit of your extra sunshine?? ;-) I'm in contact with Chief of Head & Neck Surgery at 3 top hospitals. So each surgeon has done more than 100+ of these procedures per year. Dr Randolph at Mass Eye& Ear has also written a textbook. No surgery has 0% risk, wish it did. I look forward to the day when ThyCA can be accurately diagnosed BEFORE surgery, surgery could be even more precise, and there are more successful less toxic follow up options instead of RAI and additional surgeries. Thanks again for letting me vent.

      about 2 years ago
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    minerva312 asked a questionThyroid Cancer

    Are there ANY surgeons who DONT Damage Vocal Cords/Larngyeal Nerve during Thyroidectomy

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      spunky

      I had complete thyroidectomy and partial parathyroidectomy 2 1/2 years ago. My surgeon Dr S Saha from Flint Mi is a leader in cancer surgeries. There was no worry about a trach or vocal cord damage. And of course we are all different in our surgery needs. Plus I was a nurse who cared for his patients for many years in the post OR setting. It was very rare that these surgeries had a trach.

      about 2 years ago
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      Carolina18

      You have a tremendous surgeon in the State of New York. His name is Dr. David Myssiorek at NYU. Here is a link to his information. http://www.med.nyu.edu/biosketch/myssid01
      I had a TT in 2005. My right vocal cord was totally paralyzied. Ny husband is also hearing impaired causing even more anxiety. I totally understand your situation since you already have an issue. I first heard Dr. Myssiorek speak on vocal cord issues at the 2005 National Thyca Conference. I realized after hearing him speak that he was talking about people like me. Since I live in Oklahoma, he referred me to Dr. James Netterville at Vanderbilt in Nashville. That was an awesome experience. I knew I was in the right place at the right time to hear Dr. Myssiorek and also learn about Dr. Netterville. Dr. Myssiorek is worth seeing to get an opinion. Warmest regards.

      about 2 years ago
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      I just had surgery with Dr. Robert McIntyre at the University of Colorado Hospital in Aurora (Denver), CO. He was fantastic, everything went exactly as he said it would with the surgery and recovery, and there were very limited to no impacts on my vocal chords. If you are anywhere near Colorado, you need to see him.

      about 2 years ago
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    Oh No (Cancer is back/Recurred ): Had a right side hemi-thyroidectomy Jan 2013 after testing indicated suspicious nodules on right side and several benign nodules on the left. The surgery removed a 1.1 cm papillary carcinoma described as classical type, well-defferentiated. Post surgery, my right vocal cord was paralyzed. In Aug 2013 right thyroid bed follow up biopsy was deemed suspicious. All left side nodules were unchanged and benign at that time. Thyroglobulin levels were and have remained stable. Jan 2014 neck US found a new 1.2x0.7x1.2cm hypoechoic module on right side, but the FNA at that time had scant material and the left side nodules were (including a dominant left nodule biopsied at the time was negative, all other left nodules were still unchanged. I opted to watch and wait. Follow up ultrasounds, FNA's and blood work performed every six months. I am a working actor, although I have recovered my voice since the surgery (miraculously the left vocal cord seems to totally compensate) a completion thyroidectomy which could damage the left recurrent nerve and leave me with a tracheotomy is not a welcome prospect. At my Aug 2014 US the nodule on the right measured 1.2x.0.8x0.9cm compared to 1.2x0.7x1.2cm in Jan 2014. My surgery was at NYU, my ENDO is at MSK.