Patient Stories -- Page 3

Read what other patients like you have to say about our surgeons.

From a 32-year-old woman from College Station, Texas who underwent a total thyroidectomy using the daVinci Surgical System: "I put off having my thyroid removed for 2 years. I was worried about the recovery time, the actual surgery, and the scar that I would have on my neck for a lifetime. When I finally decided to do the surgery I asked for surgeon recommendations from my family doctor, my endocrinologist, and many friends (some in the medical profession, some not). The answer was always Dr. Kuppersmith or Dr. Dejong. After looking at Dr. Kuppersmith’s credentials online I knew without a doubt that he would be the absolute best person to perform the surgery.

His office worked with me from the beginning to make sure my insurance was in order, to answer questions, and to set up appointments in a timely manner. At my first appointment Dr. Kuppersmith personally explained the whole process of removing the thyroid with the daVinci System. I knew instantly this was the surgery I would choose. The idea of not living with a neck scar was very appealing!  

I checked into the College Station Med early in the afternoon. The nurses and all other staff were warm and welcoming, and everyone made sure I felt very comfortable. Dr. Kuppersmith met with me prior to the surgery and made sure everything was on track. The actual surgery was a piece of cake-- I slept through the whole thing! Upon waking, I was not in any pain. I felt as though I had pulled a muscle. I rested very comfortably through the night and was able to leave the next morning.  

The actual recovery was pretty straight forward. I was able to return to all my daily activities in about a week. Dr. Kuppersmith was always available to answer any questions I had. Now not even a month later, I’m feeling better than I have in a long time! I’m so happy that I don’t have a scar on my neck. I don’t have to worry about people asking questions, or have to worry about putting sunblock on it or covering it up when I go outside. This surgery allowed me to have much more privacy on such a personal issue.  

I wouldn’t hesitate recommending Dr. Kuppersmith to anyone. He and his staff have been wonderful through this whole process. I encourage anyone who is thinking of having any thyroid surgery done to look into this revolutionary procedure."

From a 57-year-old woman from Washington DC who underwent a thyroid lobectomy using the daVinci Surgical System: "I have been a university professor at Georgetown University in Washington, DC for the past 21 years. I had just completed twelve years serving as Chair of my department in fall 2009, and was looking forward to some time with a bit less stress, when a nodule a little larger than two centimeters was unexpectedly discovered on my left thyroid lobe....Read more

From a 52-year-old woman from Wisconsin who underwent a thyroid lobectomy using the daVinci Surgical System: "When I first found out that I needed to have thyroid surgery all I could think about was the very noticeable lifetime scar, invasiveness, and the recovery time. I decided to do some research to determine if there were any alternatives to the traditional surgery....Read more

From a 32-year-old woman from Austin, Texas who underwent a thyroid lobectomy using the daVinci Surgical System: "Dr. Kuppersmith - I just wanted to say thank you for the care your provided for me. You are a wonderful doctor & surgeon. You made me feel comfortable & always had time to answer my (endless) questions. I am so happy I found you online & made the trek to College Station. I am ecstatic that I don't have a scar on my neck!!! Thanks for being innovative & traveling across the world to learn this new technique. Your nurses & office staff are excellent as well. I wish you all the best!"

From a 40-year-old woman from North Carolina who underwent a thyroid lobectomy using the daVinci Surgical System: "In 2008, I was diagnosed with hyperthyroidism from a hyperfunctioning thyroid nodule. A few months later an ultrasound guided biopsy revealed a possible follicular neoplasm, making it impossible to completely rule out thyroid cancer....Read more

From a 62-year-old woman from Huntsville, Texas who underwent a thyroid lobectomy using the daVinci Surgical System: "I was excited that my surgeon was using the robot because of the maginfication it provides improves the view during surgery. I was suprised at the low level of pain and discomfort afterwards. The plus was not having a scar on my neck after surgery."

From a 71-year-old man from Huntsville, Texas who underwent traditional total thyroidectomy: "When Dr. Kuppersmith recommended an operation to remove my thyroid gland, I envisioned...Read more