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Behind the scenes at Warrington Hospital op
5:00pm Friday 13th September 2013 in News
WHILE the closest thing most people will get to surgery is the Operation board game, thousands of procedures take place at Warrington Hospital every year.
The Warrington Guardian went behind the scenes of an op on a Friday after national headlines suggested patients are more likely to die following operations at the end of the week.
PATIENT Janet Cameron said it was like a ‘bomb shell’ when doctors told her the lump in her throat could be cancer.
The 53-year-old grandma had one side of the swelling removed and sent for a biopsy in May this year before she found herself back on the operating table to have the whole of her thyroid gland taken out.
The delicate 90 minute procedure took place at Warrington Hospital earlier this month with surgeon Barry Taylor carefully avoiding the carotid artery and a nerve which, if damaged, would affect the patient’s vocal chords.
The Simms Cross Primary School teaching assistant said: “The first time I went for the op I was really nervous about going down and had tears running down my face beforehand.
“But this time I felt much more calm knowing the surgeon had done the business last time.
“When they told me it was cancer it was like a bomb shell but I knew I had to get on with things.”
Janet, who left hospital to go home to Runcorn two days after the surgery, will now be on thyroid hormone replacement treatment for the rest of her life.
The gland looked charred once it was removed, as the vessels surrounding it are burned to seal them, and rather small for something that can cause patients so much trouble.
The mum-of-three added: “I recovered quite quickly after the op and just feel tired now and I’m getting used to taking the thyroid hormone replacement tablets.
“I couldn’t get my head round it at first that a tablet could replace this thing at the epicentre of your body.
“I didn’t have any problems before, I just put my hand on my neck and felt a lump so I feel lucky I spotted it.”
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