I have a palpable mass on my thyroid. Do I need surgery?
Prior to surgery, you should have appropriate blood tests evaluating your thyroid function. You should also have a thyroid ultrasound and most likely, a fine needle aspirate (FNA) of the thyroid mass. FNAís help decide who should have surgery based on what the cells look like under a microscope. Patients may also be considered surgical candidates if they have obstructive type symptoms such as breathing problems from compression, difficulty swallowing or severe pain.