My name is Ashley, I'm 19 and a few weeks ago I had a biopsy done on a solid nodule on my thyroid and it turned out to be cancer. Luckily, my doctors caught it early and it's only stage I. I was told I would need to have a total thyroidectomy and so I met with the surgeon last Tuesday. He explained everything related to the procedure but told me I would be discharged from the hospital the same day (which was odd to me because my endocrinologist told me I would have to stay overnight). I assume he told me that because of the drain that's placed in afterwards but the surgeon told me I just had to go back to his office in the morning after the surgery and he'd remove it. Has anyone had a similar experience where they left the same day?
Also, I have a few questions about post-surgery if anyone is up to answering. I would consider myself decently tolerant of pain but I just wanted to know if it hurts a lot once the anesthesia and all of the pain meds through the IV wear off (especially since I'll be coming home the same day). Also, I'm currently off from college until January 28th and my surgery is scheduled for February 4th, should I go back or should I take the semester off? The surgeon said I'd be able to go to school about a week after and told me I didn't have to take off. However, I live in NYC and go to a commuter school so I have to commute an hour by train every day and I don't know if that's going to work against me with healing and adjusting to synthroid and everything. Do you guys have any advice? Did anyone go back to school so soon post-surgery? How was it? If anyone who went through it already can answer any of these questions or just give me some general insight into your experience, I would very much appreciate it. Thank you in advance, happy holidays!