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Self-verified patient of Dr. Gary L Clayman - Posted on December 24th, 2017
I have no words how to thank Dr Clayman for his expertise and total devotion how he took extremely great care of me and removed my large benign thyroid nodule. He is a real angel! I filled out the patient form on a late Thursday night and next morning already Dr Clayman called me himself (and not a secretary). We spoke for about 20 minutes , he went over my medical history and took the time to explain me all the details of the procedure . It was so reassuring that I felt totally safe to have him do the surgery. He did a wonderful job , the entire staff was so nice. Thank God , the surgery was a success. Dr Clayman is the real expert!
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A review by a patient that verified they have visited Dr. Gary L Clayman - Posted on December 12th, 2017
Dr. Clayman and his team performed a radical neck dissection on me on 12/5/17 for recurrent PTC. I have the highest regards for and recommend Dr. Clayman and his team for Thyroid surgery. Dr. Clayman is the absolute best at what he does and is off the charts in terms of surgical skill, knowledge, risk calculation, compassion, bedside manner, communication, and most importantly: managing expectations. I have no complaints. Dr. Clayman is the most accessible doctor I have ever met in my life. The man personally delivered a Rx script to our hotel -on a Saturday morning- to my room and checked my incision was healing ok. This doctor truly lives the mission of saving people’s lives, it’s in his DNA. I have an ear to ear scar from a previous surgery (22 years ago in 1995 when I was 11) which he cleaned up the external incision and also cleaned up the internal scar bands. This was a bonus. I can already tell it’s going to look great and I’ll likely have better head/neck movement. I was very clear w/ Dr. Clayman that I needed to wake up with my voice and I did. I have cancer involved with my only functioning nerve and we made a joint decision before surgery to spare the nerve above anything else. My family was also very pleased with the process. The nurses called my wife every hour/every milestone during surgery and Dr. Clayman himself explained the outcomes to them prior to my waking up. He is in the process of building the new facilities, the current facilities being used are fine. Tampa General is a very nice hospital, good nurses, staff, food, clean, etc. A special thank you to staff members Jason, Jolene, Joan, Charlie, Caroline and Tiffany (and everyone else) – you all are great at what you do and thank you for enabling Dr. Clayman to save my life. I found Dr. Clayman through a very intensive, methodical search for the best surgeon in the world. I submitted my intake the day before labor day and he called me at 7am on labor day first thing. He’s gone above and beyond every expectation from my first interaction with him. We had a great discussion, as he is very empathetic and connected with my case directly! He knew exactly what I was describing and his experience was evident. I quickly scheduled an in person consultation. I'm sure Dr. Clayman had a lot going on that day but he made me feel like he was working only my case the whole day. Read my results right from the scans and spent all the time my wife and I needed to ask all the questions we had. Go to Dr. Clayman if you need surgery for Thyroid issues. Thyroidcancer.com is the best site for thyroid cancer information. It’s relevant and easy for patients to consume. Get in touch with me if you need a personal recommendation or details – firstname.lastname@example.org. Chris Miladinovich, Pittsburgh, PA
Self-verified patient of Dr. Gary L Clayman - Posted on December 3rd, 2017
Procedure dates by Dr. James Norman and Dr. Gary Clayman - October 3 & 4, 2017 At 15 years of age, I had my thyroid removed as a preventive measure for medullary thyroid cancer. Then approximately 17 years later I began to develop two different health issues at one time. My family physician referred me to a specialist in Cleveland, Ohio, due to a rise in my calcitonin level which indicates a cancerous tumor developing somewhere (probably in tissue left behind from my thyroid removal). Around the same time, it was discovered that I was developing a tumor on my parathyroid gland as well (these are very rarely ever cancerous). Multiple tests and scans were performed and these tumors could not be located. Exploratory surgery was performed to try and find my parathyroid tumor. This was a very lengthy surgery and resulted in the removal of three good parathyroid glands, but they could not locate my bad parathyroid gland. The doctors indicated that maybe I had an abnormal anatomy and at some point I might need my chest bone opened to explore that area for the parathyroid gland that contained the tumor. Shortly after I had the parathyroid surgery, in researching my health problems, I found information about the Norman Parathyroid Clinic. Everything seemed too good to be true, but we always kept this facility in mind and tried to find out more information and people or physicians who knew anything about The Norman Parathyroid Clinic or patients who had been there. Several years later, after many tests and scans, my family physician wanted me to have a second opinion, so he set me up with a specialist in Charleston, West Virginia. I switched to this specialist, since she was very knowledgeable and much closer to my home. Shortly after switching to her, I asked if she had ever heard of Norman Parathyroid Clinic and she said she actually had sent a patient to them and they had successfully helped that patient and she would be glad to help set it up for us to go to the Norman Parathyroid Clinic. Over the years she attempted to find my cancerous tumor as well, but nothing ever showed up in my tests and scans (even though my calcitonin levels continued to rise). My symptoms from my parathyroid tumor were beginning to get worse. My symptoms included acid reflux, high bloodpressure, aching legs and kidney stones which were coming faster and faster and growing larger with each occurrence. It had been 20 years or more since the second surgery and each time we tried to locate the cancerous tumor we were told it was too microscopic to show up, but when it got large enough it would eventually show up. I began to think I needed to address the tumor on my parathyroid because by this time I was growing tired of the multiple kidney stones, all the tests that this kept requiring, and all the time off from work due to several kidney stone surgeries. I decided that it was time to have the doctor to set me up with the Norman Parathyroid Clinic. It was a hard decision to make because the consultation fee cost more for me due to the multiple surgeries I had been through. These multiple surgeries I had made my case more difficult and there was no guarantee that my parathyroid tumor could be found. Shortly after this had been set in motion, a relative of mine discovered a coworker’s husband that had also successfully been treated at Norman Parathyroid Clinic. That made two people that I was aware of that had successful procedures. The entire process, working with the staff at Norman Parathyroid Clinic, was so easy and they were so professional and wonderful to work with. The consultation was completed by phone with Dr. Boone and I was told that I was not an easy case. Due to all the scar tissue from previous surgeries there was no guarantee that the parathyroid tumor would show up on the Sestamibi scan and be located but they were willing to try. I was also told that since I was a more difficult case Dr. Boone and Dr. Norman would be performing the surgery together. I arrived in Tampa, had my Sestamibi scan, and they located my parathyroid tumor. While waiting in the prep room for my mini-surgery, Dr. Norman stops in to talk and we begin discussing my high calcitonin levels and I inquired if this surgery would take care of this as well. He informed me that this was an entirely different issue and after discussing the medical history regarding this that he was postponing the surgery until later that day or possibly even the next day. He stated that he was going to get the thyroid cancer specialist, Dr. Clayman, to see me for a consult and more tests would need to be ran and there was no way in good conscious could he perform his parathyroid surgery before this had been checked out. Dr. Clayman came in for his consult and ordered testing, which led to biopsies that showed the cancer that no one had been able to locate over the course of the past 20 years. It was a shock and a relief all at the same time. A dual surgery was then scheduled for the following day. Dr. Norman handed me over to Dr. Clayman so he could perform the surgery to remove my medullary thyroid cancer, but Dr. Norman would perform his surgery to remove the parathyroid tumor. I had cancer in my neck and on a nerve near my vocal cord. Both Dr. Clayman and Dr. Norman stated it was a blessing that I came to them and if it had been left much longer I would have lost my voice. After surgery the aching in my legs cleared up immediately. Nearly two months after surgery I am still battling acid reflux but this may be due to other health problems I have been diagnosed with. My parathyroid hormone levels have dropped from over 100 to 9 and my calcium levels are now within normal range. Calcitonin levels have dropped from around 300-400 to less than 2. I received the most professional, loving care from everyone that was involved in my care including all the staff at the Norman Parathyroid Clinic, the Thyroid Cancer Center, Tampa General Hospital and especially Dr. James Norman, Dr. Deva Boone and Dr. Gary Clayman. Not only did they treat me as a close friend or a relative, they also treated my wife with excellent hospitality. The care did not end after the surgery though, I have been in touch daily with Dr. Boone for updates and instructions and this was at their request. You can learn so much more about the Norman Parathyroid Clinic, parathyroid disease and treatment at parathyroid.com and about thyroid diseases and treatment at www.thyroidcancer.com. I highly recommend the Norman Parathyroid Clinic and The Thyroid Cancer Center and wish I had known about them earlier and sought treatment from them prior to previous surgeries. The Norman Parathyroid Clinic and the Thyroid Cancer Center was truly a blessing to me and I could not be more thankful for everything I experienced during this past year with them! Greg Moore, Ripley, WV
Amazing surgeon and staff!
Self-verified patient of Dr. Gary L Clayman - Posted on October 10th, 2017
Dr. Clayman is amazing! It is so refreshing to have a surgeon of his expertise with such an amazing bedside manner! Not only is he a top notch surgeon and professional but he is empathetic, kind and just a calming soul. I deal with a lot of anxiety so surgery was very scary for me. Dr. Clayman and his staff made me feel comfortable and confident from the very start! He personally called me to discuss my situation before surgery and then again to give me the news of my cancer diagnosis. I knew I was in the right hands from the very beginning and was so thankful that he was my surgeon. I would recommend him to everyone who thinks they may need thyroid surgery!!
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A patient who verified they visited Dr. Gary L Clayman - Posted on September 5th, 2017
In March 2015, I was diagnosed with papillary thyroid cancer. My first surgeon did a horrible job, and I went from being healthy and active to someone who was suffering from immense pain and severe limitations in my left shoulder. I am an occupational therapist (OT) and I teach yoga on the side. My left shoulder blade was frozen and I could barely lift my left arm 90 degrees. The pain was constant and excruciating. Everything had changed - sleeping was difficult, I had to have help getting dressed, driving to/from work was painful, and working as an OT was almost impossible. I sought assistance through acupuncture, a chiropractor, physical therapy, and I even drove hours to find someone who could perform myofascial release. My husband (who is also an OT) performed scapular mobilization on me. Emotionally, I struggled every single day. It took me two years and lots of therapy to finally get some movement in my shoulder. It's not 100%, but it's enough to where I could manage life skills again. Just when I thought everything was right again in my world, in April 2017, I found out that my cancer was back. I did not want to go back. I did not want to experience that pain again. As I was researching natural healing, I came across the Clayman Thyroid Cancer Center in Tampa, FL. I was surprised because it's rare that a cancer center is devoted to just the thyroid. That drew my interest. Then when I started to read about Dr. Clayman, I knew that I wanted him as my surgeon. I spoke with my husband and he quickly got on board. I filled out the new patient questionnaire and then a couple days later I got a call directly from Dr. Clayman. He called me on a Saturday afternoon to personally introduce himself, to hear about my situation, and answer my questions. I was pleasantly surprised because doctors do not normally do this. I could tell from our first interaction that he honestly cared. He even gave me his direct email and phone number to contact him in case I had further questions. I scheduled my surgery for August, 2017. During the summer, Dr. Clayman and I corresponded several times. He was always prompt in getting back to me and answered all of my questions (Note: His office staff were friendly, albeit not as efficient with their response time. However, once you get through the initial new patient registration hoops, everything really does run smoothly). I currently live in Oregon, but the distance wasn't really an issue. In mid-August, my parents and I flew to Tampa as my husband couldn't get off work. Prior to arriving, Dr. Clayman's staff provided me with clear instructions on where to go for several pre-op tests. The day before the surgery, I met with Dr. Clayman who patiently explained to both me and my parents, what he planned to do and what to expect during and after the surgery. We all liked him immediately. His expertise comes through immediately in the manner in which he answered our questions and his thoroughness and caring disposition really calm our fears. My parents and I felt very confident in my upcoming surgery. On surgery day, I met with Dr. Clayman again to go over my pre-op testing results and any last minute surgical logistics. Based on my test results and current condition as a result of my prior surgery, he recommended that my surgery be his last to allow sufficient time to address any issues he might encounter. At this time, I want to mention how awesome he surgical team is - from the pre-op to the post op. My parents especially appreciated getting a phone call from his nurse every hour updating them on the status of the surgery. Tampa General Hospital is a very good hospital. This was my first time here and it was a good experience. It's clean and customer service is top notch. Not one bad interaction - this goes for nurses to medical records department. Also, the cafeteria is excellent. After my surgery, I requested a copy of my medical records. While I am an OT and do read medical records, I enlisted my mother-in-law, who is a surgical nurse. We spent two hours going through his report. It wasn't until our review, that I fully realized how good Dr. Clayman is. His documentation is very clear and surgical procedures precise. He did more for me than just remove cancer cells. He saw problems that needed to be fixed and he did them. For example, I had a tremendous amount of scar tissue from my previous surgery and he painstakingly went ahead to remove as much as he could. It's been almost three weeks since my surgery and I can happily say I have no new complications. Since my surgery, I have sent several emails to Dr. Clayman with additional questions. Not once did he seem defensive or upset, but rather took time to help me understand. I 100% recommend Dr. Clayman. Finding a good surgeon is like finding a needle in a haystack, but finding a gem of a surgeon who deals specifically with thyroid cancer is a miracle. Dr. Clayman not only thought about my present, but my future as well and gave me the best chance for survival and a happy life. One more thing, if you have financial difficulties, don't walk away thinking he is not an option. Dr. Clayman's staff will work with you. He and his team are truly the best!
Best thyroid surgeon
A review by a patient that verified they have visited Dr. Gary L Clayman - Posted on April 10th, 2017
I had thyroid cancer in 2014 and my surgery was a bust in Arizona. The doctor missed so much cancer. My parents took me to MD Anderson where Dr. Clayman did my second thyroid surgery. After the second surgery my scar was significantly better and the cancer never came back! Compared to the first surgery the pain afterward was a fraction of the first time. Within a year the scar was unnoticeable
A review by a patient that verified they have visited Dr. Gary L Clayman - Posted on April 4th, 2017
Dr Clayman is professional, friendly, calm, efficient and a genius in all things thyroid! I felt confident in Dr Clayman.....he has done over 8000 thyroid surgeries. He is an expert.
A patient who verified they visited Dr. Gary L Clayman - Posted on March 13th, 2015
Dr. Clayman is a caring, skillful surgeon who communicates a difficult medical situation in understandable layman terms. He saved my laryengeal nerve for which I am forever grateful.
the best surgeon for thyroid cancer
A review by a patient that verified they have visited Dr. Gary L Clayman - Posted on September 10th, 2013
I was diagnosed with papillary thyroid cancer in my home town and referred by my local endocrinologist to Dr. Clayman for surgery. He is amazingly caring, super confident with the diagnosis and the treatment plan. I feel extremely comfortable to put my life in his hands. He makes the world a better place every day! My trip to MD anderson was very well worth, mainly because of him. I feel that I made the best decision about selecting where/who to perform thyroid surgery for me. Thanks god!
Self-verified patient of Dr. Gary L Clayman - Posted on August 6th, 2012
Very confident in diagnosis and care levels
A patient who verified they visited Dr. Gary L Clayman - Posted on January 13th, 2010
I was diagnosed with a rare form of thyroid cancer in my home town and sent to MD Andersen for care. Dr. Clayman, first confirmed the diagnosis and then was clear in his recommended treatment. I felt very comfortable putting my life in his hands. He created trust in a short period of time. I knew he had my best interest at heart and cared about my survival and recovery.
A patient who verified they visited Dr. Gary L Clayman - Posted on October 30th, 2017
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