Year of procedure/evaluation: Katiria Rivera
I am a 34 yr. old female, who was being monitored for approximately 2 years over at Montefiore. My Doctor recommended thyroid surgery from our first initial visit as the thyroid was biennial after the biopsy results came back but the size of my nodule on my right side was of concern. I refused to do the surgery as I was overly concern of my appearance especially at my young age. I did not want to have a scar on my neck especially since I did not have Cancer or any other severe medical condition nor find it appealing to walk around with a scar on my neck. We agreed to follow up every 6 months to monitor the growth of the mass and each appointment she insisted on having the surgery but I kept on refusing. We spoke about other alternatives and that’s when she mentioned that there is a new technique evolving, which is called Robotic Thyroid Surgery or robotic thyroidectomy. After our fourth visit she recommended me to Dr. Randall Owen of Mt. Sinai for a 2nd opinion as I refusing Thyroid Surgery. Upon meeting Dr. Owen he advised me that the nodule had continued to grow and referred me to Dr. Hyunsuk Suh, MD for his experience in Robotic Surgery. Dr. Suh is my HERO!!!! He saved me from having self-esteem issues, and gave me HOPE. Though I did have a crash course in our initial visit as my nodule was almost at his maximum growth size to operate, I went in for my 3rd opinion and left with a schedule surgery date. Dr. Suh is an amazing individual he took his time and explained every detail, step by step along with the pros and the cons of surgery and everything in between that we as human can think of. On the day of my surgery, everything went as planned as I was left with 4 extremely tiny incisions, 2 around the areola of each breast and 1 under each side of my arm pit, which actually is unrecognizable because he makes the incision so tiny on the breast and on the folds of your arm that it just blends in. I had no pain in my throat beside the norm of just being out of surgery. I slept like a baby the night of surgery and actually was fully functional to go out that same week. I had no limitation or soreness in my arms and had full range and sensation. I had my surgery on a Wednesday and was able to celebrate my best friend birthday that very same Saturday of that week. At the party no one noticed anything different beside the volume of my voice being very low which Dr. Suh informed me that it was normal. My voice came fully back in about a week and I was ready to return to work in no time. Dr. Suh and his staff did an impeccable job in my treatment phase and guided me every step of the way! I’ am truly happy with my results today and blessed to have been introduced to Dr. Suh!!