What To Expect:
A simple and safe way to sample cells within the thyroid nodule to help the doctor decide whether throid surgery is necessary.
You will lie flat on the examination table with padding propped under your shoulders. Your neck will be scrubbed with alcohol or with iodine. The area will be numbed with an injection. The doctor will insert a very small needle and aspirate microscopic amounts of thyroid cells. The procedure may be repeated a few times. The entire procedure takes less than 10 minutes. You will leave with a band-aid on your neck which can be removed when you get home.
You may develop pain or swelling or both at the site. Ibuprofen usually results in resolution. The samples will be sent to a special pathology lab where a procedure similar to a PAP smear will be performed. The results will be available within 3 to 10 days, depending upon the lab that your insurance company requires us to use.