|I consulted Dr. Guttler in November 2018 for a thyroid nodule that was noticed during my annual physical exam. I had done research on the number of unnecessary surgeries that were being done due to ‘indeterminate’ diagnosis, and I wanted to trust the ultrasound and biopsy to an experienced diagnostician. Dr. Guttler did inspire my trust, his manner was pleasant and knowledgeable. He did a thorough exam, ultrasound, and biopsy of the thyroid nodule along with nearby lymph nodes. After I had read about this, I was nervous about the biopsy; but he explained that he used a very fine needle so there was no need for numbing injections and it was virtually painless. As it turned out, when the Dr. called a week later he didn’t tell me what I wanted to hear. The 3+ cm nodule was popularly cancer with an aggressive genetic marker which indicated it may spread to the lymph nodes. I was hoping to avoid surgery but he said there was no other option. He encouraged (insisted) that I find a surgeon with excellent experience, and since I live in Northern California suggested one in San Francisco, however he had mentioned Tampa several times during my consultation. Long story short, I ended up taking a leap of faith and travelling across the country to the Clayman Thyroid Institute on January 15th 2019 to have surgery. I thank Dr. Guttler for his spot-on diagnosis and for referring me there. I am now recovering well and grateful that I was in the best hands.
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