My difficult child back in 1999 had a large mass and cysts surgically removed (Partial thyroidectomy) She has never been put on any medications even after doing almost two years of follow up with the Endocrine. All of her labs to include when she has the mass always came back fine. Forward to now>>>>>> She is now 19 and she has another mass and nodules that has reacurred. We saw the Endocrine last thursday and he wants to remove the whole thyroid. Yikes!!!! You know how it is, We do not always have all of the questions at the right time and then think of them after the fact. Well I have many questions and am hoping to head off future health problems that will be created by having no gland at all. She had an ultrasound done on Dec 31st and did have her labs done on Thursday but have yet to have the results on the labs yet. I am not so sure that they took her whole left side in 1999, My understanding is that they removed the mass along with the cysts (Benign, Thank god) and took a small portion of the thyroid not the whole left side. I know these are questions that I need to ask the Dr but I feel the need to post and get input from others that have had to unfortunately experience medical issues related to the thyroid as well as input as to what questions I should be asking should I miss something. Lol!! I'm in it so my brain is racing and I could see me missing the boat somewhere, Lol!!. I question: What the Dr based his quick decision on? Of course she has the mass and nodules but he did not offer up a biopsy and that bothers me. Did he base it on her only having the right side that he sees as failing at this point, Or does he see it as the mass enveloping the right side and sees no other option, Therfore just rid of the problem because its not doing its job anymore? Hmmmm, For about five months now my difficult child has been experiencing heavy periods and just within the past couple weeks feeling tired. Other then that she seems just fine, Tired but not even sleeping all day or anything like that. I have been looking for whatever info I could find on people that have been there done that that can share their experience and or their outcome with or without a thyroid gland but am not finding tons. I did e-mail one gal but have yet to hear back from her and she did have her thyroid completely removed. I have found that allot of patients biggest issue is the fact that the doctors treating them are not up front with them about what the future outcome could be health wise and some regret not doing their research and are now having to fight just to make it through the day. My difficult child thinks I am being a pain but I tell her that I have her future health and well being in mind and all I want to do is head off major health complications that can ocurr once the whole gland is removed. Once its gone THATS IT!!!! There is no going back. I remind her too that this Dr is doing what he does best (his specialty, Endocrine) but he will not be the one walking in your shoes having to deal with the outcome, He will simply move onto the next patient. Just my thoughts but all of this for what very well could be a quick fix? Hmmmmmmm, I have a problem with that if that is what is going on. On another note, I checked out the surgeon and he is listed under General Surgeon with interests in Surgical Oncology Gastrointestinal Oncology and Breast Disease (It says this on the hospitals web-site). Ummm I would not want a gastrologist doing surgery for a neuro problem so I am a bit uncomfortable considering that he is a general surgeon. I too noticed that the description for the Endocrine Dr states that he is Endocrine/Surgeon but based on everything that we had discussed he never did say that he was going to actually do the surgery or be there, He made it sound like he was just going to throw it to this other guy (General Surgeon) and said that we would be seeing this surgeon once the ins approvals were complete.