2017 – Former model undergoes “hidden scar” thyroid surgery

2017 – Former model undergoes “hidden scar” thyroid surgery

Year of procedure/evaluation: Heather Martin

It is a true pleasure to be sharing my experience with Dr. Suh. At age 19, I was diagnosed with Hypothyroidism, Hashimoto's Disease and Thyroid Nodules. I was told that I had a nodule that was 4.1 centimeters and that a normal thyroid was approx 4 centimeters. Combine that with the other smaller nodules, it was very enlarged and causing discomfort. Two years ago I went to my Endocrinologist and he said that it would need to be removed. We did a biopsy and thankfully, it was benign. He mentioned that there was a new procedure that he had heard about. They were removing the thyroid through your armpit. At that time my insurance wasn't accepted at Mt. Sinai. I told him, I WILL wait. I did not want a scar on my neck. I have always "scared purple", and knew that I didn't want that in plain sight. At age 22, I was scouted out by one of the largest modeling agencies known globally. Life happened and it did not come to fruition. Now at age 40, two children later, I have missed that opportunity. PLEASE~ Do not get me wrong, I have always said, "If you have an ugly heart, it does not matter what you look like on the outside". I believe without a doubt, to do good, you must feel good, to feel good, you must look good. I am a Real Estate Broker and in the presence of many. I help people with making one of the most important decisions they will ever make financially. However, health and well being are far more superior. I was so incredibly relieved there was an alternative procedure and I was able to choose. Words cannot express how personally committed I was on NOT having a scar on my neck. As my thyroid was slowly strangling me, I was still prepared to WAIT for Dr. Suh and Mt. Sinai Hospital to accept my insurance. My thyroid was extremely fibrotic. A surgery that normally takes three hours took four hours. I was in and out the same day, experienced very minimal pain and barely any bruising. I could not be any happier with Dr. Suh and his team for taking the time and attention to detail in making my surgery a success. He truly is a wonderful person and surgeon. I am forever grateful to Dr. Suh and Mt. Sinai hospital for pioneering this new procedure.