I need to remove part of my thyroid gland and I would appreciate advice from anyone who has gone through this. This is pretty common thing, so I thought maybe there will be someone in in this fine forum too I've read some web-sites, but it's always better to hear the real stories from real people. I guess what I want to know is the following: 1. Will I be able to go home the same day or will I have to stay in the hospital overnight? 2. When will I be able to drive? 3. Should I use general anesthesia or local anesthesia? 4. If anyone from Chicago area, do you know where is the best place to do this? I lived in NY and recently moved to Chicago, so I have not even found my endocrinologist here. I guess what I am looking for is a hospital with experienced surgeons, but also the one where I can find decent endocrinologist and do all the tests(blood, FNA, ultrasound). I don't want to be going from place to place for all these stuff. 5. Anything else you think I should know. Thanks in advance.