Husband,74,Had 2/3 Thyroid Removed 9/10/15

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Husband,74,Had 2/3 Thyroid Removed 9/10/15

by coconutbutter on Thu Dec 31, 2015 05:32 PM

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 He didn't care who did it. Said it wasn't a complicated surgery. Wrong. The surgery itself went fine UNTIL a large hematoma developed where the lump had been. It was like the lump was still there! So the doctor said she would come back in five hours to drain the hematoma. Oh, how he wanted to come home. After she did it, he stood up , fell and broke his femur! What followed that disaster was 3 weeks in the hospital, many trips to the ICU with a breathing and feeding tube and on Propofol. He suffered so much with them putting him up in chairs right on his hip scar. For hours! After dismissal, into a nursing home for exercising for 3 weeks--then home. I lost 12 pounds. If they had had him restrained after the 2nd surgery he'd be walking on his own. Instead, in a month, he has gone from a wheelchair to an electric scooter (he uses daily)and even a cane! He almost died several times, they drained 2 liters of fluid off his lungs then back to the ICU and the surgeon called the house! Now, since September, you can't even see a scar. He's on Synthroid and they want to remove the rest of his thyroid which means back to the hospital. I have no idea if either of us wants to chance that nightmare. 

RE: Husband,74,Had 2/3 Thyroid Removed 9/10/15

by butterfly501 on Thu Dec 31, 2015 09:53 PM

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What type of thyroid cancer?   How invasive?

RE: Husband,74,Had 2/3 Thyroid Removed 9/10/15

by coconutbutter on Thu Dec 31, 2015 10:42 PM

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On Dec 31, 2015 9:53 PM butterfly501 wrote:

What type of thyroid cancer?   How invasive?

We were never told. We do know he had and has Hurthle cell carcinoma without symptoms. Suzy

RE: Husband,74,Had 2/3 Thyroid Removed 9/10/15

by butterfly501 on Thu Dec 31, 2015 11:07 PM

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Your best best would be to sit down with the medical doctor, find out the exact type and variant of thyroid cancer, the exact size, and if there is visible spread. 

Also, get a copy of the current pathology report. 

Use that information to decide if the benefits of another surgery outweigh the risks.

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