About 11 years ago, my mother had her thyroid removed. Just today at a routine doctor's visit with our family practice doctor, an x-ray was performed that revealed an strange metallic object in her larynx/throat region around the scar left behind for the original thyroid removal procedure. Apparently upon a theoretical pre-diagnosis to gastrointestinal issues regarding food digestion properly, this has never been revealed prior, re: the "strange object". This has caused a noticeable change in voice as well as an unexplained pain in that region for her. Nevertheless, while in admission to the hospital itself, I don't believe she was even aware of any other procedure that may have taken place nor do I believe she was coherent enough due to pain meds to understand any papers signed.