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22 Apr 2004

Operation needed? Second opinion plz!
Hi there
I wrote in a little while back about my underactive thyroid & a lump I found in my neck (Where a man would have an adams apple). I went to a surgeon like you suggested & he said he thinks it is a cyst. Because I don't have medical aid he said the op would cost R15,000. (Providing there were no complications). He said I need to go to a private hospital to hav it done as government hospitals don't do specialised ops such as this. He was very rude to me when I told him I couldn't afford it & when I asked what would happen if I couldn't have it removed by next week like he wanted me to he said "I guess you will find out now won't you" & ushered me out of his office! He wouldn't even discuss the proceedure with me or what would happen if I couldn't get it done by next week. Now the reason I asked that was because I can go on my brothers medical aid but it takes at least 3 months. I was hpoing you would be able to tell me what would happen if the cyst burts or leaks during this time & perhaps what my other options are regarding the payment of this surgial proceedure. Can you give me a little more information? Thank you!
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01 Jan 0001

SC, if it is a benign cyst there is no reason to have it removed next week. The best would be to see a different surgeon (this one sounds like an ass) and discuss it with him, but it sounds like there is no need to rush. Good luck.
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