Childhood Diseases

Posted by: Anne | 2011/12/13



Hi Doc, my 12 year old has to go for a thyroidectomy. We are meeting the surgeons on Monday. I am rather anxious about this and was wondering what type of questions do i ask them? How can i be sure they are the right team to do the surgery? Obviously we want the best drs to be in theatre and drs that have done this procedure successfully. Any suggestions? Regards

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I presume that your child has been seen by an expert in thyroid disease such as an endocrinologist and surgery has been recommended.You do not mention why your child needs this operation. There are other options for enlarged thyroids for example and this is why I ask whether surgery is definitely necessary?If you have been referred by an expert and the operation is necessary, then you can be sure that the best surgeons have been chosen for this operation.Ask them to explain exctly what the operation involves, about any risks and whether there are any specific concerns that you should have as parents.Also ask about the anaesthetic. Ask about how your child will be cared for immediately after the operation and about treatment for pain.You also need to know about long term thyroid treatment.

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Posted by: Anne | 2011/12/13

Sorry doc, she has Graves Disease and her meds is not working (low bloodcell count etc) . We have Graves in the family and we have some concerns about the radioactive iodine, hence our decision for her to get surgery. Thanks for the advice, i''ll jot the questions down and take them with me.

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