Year of procedure/evaluation: Karen Jimenez
Large visible goiter before the surgery. On October 26, 2016 I underwent my first ever surgical procedure at the age of 36. Of course I wish it didn’t have to happen, but after my first pregnancy a right thyroid nodule was found and was being monitored. After my second pregnancy it increased in size and surgical option was being recommended. I consulted with my ENT and inquired if she had any recommendations. I actually asked, if you had what I have, who would you go to? Without hesitation she responded Dr. Inabnet. I met with Dr. Inabnet for an initial consultation and he was the true definition of patient centered. He listen, asked how I was feeling about the recommendations and respected my feelings towards it. I was slightly ambivalent, since although the benign thyroid nodule had increased in size, my thyroid levels were normal. After speaking with Dr. Inabnet and him offering his clinical opinion I agreed. Initially we were going to go the traditional way through the neck, because of the size of the nodule. However, prior to the surgery I met with Dr. Inabnet and he indicated I was a candidate for the BABA Robotic Thyroidectomy. He explained the procedure in great detail and related that thus far the patients that had received the surgery were very pleased with the results. I did my research on it, but because it is a new procedure Dr. Inabnet warned me there’s was not much information on it. He explained that he and his partner Dr. Suh were the only ones performing this procedure and are the pioneers in this innovative procedure in the US. I felt educated enough to move forward and give this procedure a try. The procedure was a success. It took several hours longer than expected. Post op I was alert and in recovery Dr. Suh visited me to check in and see how I was feeling. He explained the nodule was bigger than expected and this is why the procedure lasted longer. I had four incisions, one above the areola area of the each breast and one on each axillary region of each arm. The two incisions in the breast are unnoticeable. I honestly can’t even see them. The other two you are not able to see when my arms are down, since they are located in the natural crease of the arm fold. One of the incisions is bigger than the other since that’s where the nodule was removed from. I was admitted overnight for observation and discharged the following day. I was not in any pain what so ever. I never took any pain meds that was being offered or even Motrin or Tylenol. I did have tenderness and numbness in the chest area and avoided heavy lifting or raising my arms. After about a week and moving forward I was able to do much more. The numbing feeling and tenderness of the chest is much better but in a specific area it’s still slightly tender. I met with Dr. Inabnet for post-op follow up and the incisions were fully healed. Thyroid levels are within normal range and therefor medication is not required at this time. So for me it’s been a win, win situation. I was extremely grateful and pleased with the results. The professionalism and patient center approach from Dr. Inabnet and the team was beyond exceptional. I sincerely appreciate all of your hard work in making this process such a pleasant experience for me. Without a doubt, I would recommend Dr. Inabnet and the procedure to anyone requiring a thyroidectomy. Thank you to everyone involved in my care for your dedicated work.