2016 – Grateful patient travels from Alaska to New York to undergo thyroid surgery under local anesthesia at Mount Sinai

2016 – Grateful patient travels from Alaska to New York to undergo thyroid surgery under local anesthesia at Mount Sinai

Year of procedure/evaluation: Kirsten Brune

In 2015 a 5 cm right side thyroid nodule was found.  The compression symptoms soon became very noticeable. Living in Alaska I knew I had to find a specialized  surgeon out of state. I literally scanned the Internet for months. Dr. Inabnet's name came up as a leading surgeon. He was the only one who agreed to talk to me by phone several times before I committed to travel to NYC. His scheduler, Angelika, was very understanding and worked with me multiple times when my travel dates fell through. Once I finally reached NYC I was in need of much reassurance since the prospect of surgery was very frightening.  I was not only reassured but allowed to chose local anesthesia with sedation instead of a general anesthesia. I was made very comfortable and constantly reassured the day of surgery.  I recall none of the actual procedure and woke up in recovery with no pain. I walked out three hours later with a bottle of Tylenol. I had minimal swelling and no pain beyond soreness when swallowing. I had full range of motion in my neck and no loss of my voice. I used Tylenol for two days and by day three I was on a plane home and forgot to take medication.  I belive that the surgical skill of Dr. Inabnet caused such minimal trauma to my neck (and the nodule was very big) that recovery has been easy. I was not expecting a thyroid lobectomy to be so uneventful and painless. I received the highest level of compassion and care at Mount Sinai Hospital and I feel very fortunate to have been taken care of by such a skilled team. The picture was taken the day of the surgery.