Gtgt I think any time a patient is trying to deal with a decision about surgery, it’s an incredibly stressful time even if it’s a minor procedure, it’s a scary process for a patient to go through. So I think one of the things that’s really important that they get the information that they need to help make that decision. Sometimes, there are alternatives that are nonsurgical, and so making sure that they understand what those options are and what the risks and benefits of all those options are is really important.
And I want to make sure that the patients understand the disease and understand what we’re trying to treat and what the potential benefits are of treating that disease. I think, unfortunately, a lot of patients have a misdiagnosis or a delay in diagnosis for many years before they come to see me. And that’s why I do think it’s really important that we take enough time to really help them understand what this disease is, what the impact of that is, and how that might be affecting them. I think it does reassure them when they have a chance to sit down and talk to me and realize.
That this is my entire practice and this is all I do is I treat thyroid and parathyroid problems and we think about these things in depth on a daily basis. It’s not just the surgery, it’s the preparation for that surgery to make sure that you’re as well prepared and educated about what you need to have done and then making sure that postoperatively we’re doing everything we can to optimize things and getting you back to optimal function. It’s really satisfying for me to do a surgery, which is a relatively, you know,.
Rebecca S. Sippel, MD, UW Health Surgical Oncology