WHAT TO EXPECT
DURING THE PROCEDURE
Thyroid ultrasound, biopsy, bloodwork, imaging
A local anesthetic called Lidocaine or Marcaine will numb your neck.
DEEP CERVICAL BLOCK
If you have larger nodules, your surgeon may use an injection(s) to block the nerves in your neck that promote pain. This procedure can cause temporary visual blurriness, dizziness, warmth and neck heaviness.
General discomfort is expected during the procedure. You may experience pressure growing in the neck and “popping” sensations. Inform your surgeon if you experience any unusual feelings and they can reassure you if it is normal or temporarily pause the procedure to reduce the pressure.
1 hour period before going home
When the procedure finishes, you will change out of the hospital gown. You will rest and be observed for 1 hour before going home. You might feel light-headed, dizzy, or nauseous due to keeping your head back throughout the procedure. These feelings should return to normal before you are discharged to go home.