Endoscopic retroauricular thyroidectomy: preliminary results

Hyung Kwon Byeon, F. Christopher Holsinger, Ralph P. Tufano, Jae Hong Park, Nam Suk Sim, Won Shik Kim, Eun Chang Choi, Yoon Woo Koh

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Background: We sought to seek the potential role of endoscopic thyroidectomy with the retroauricular (RA) approach prior to future comparative study with the robotic RA thyroidectomy. Therefore, this study aims to verify the surgical feasibility of endoscopic RA thyroidectomy. Methods: Eighteen patients who underwent endoscopic RA thyroidectomy for clinically suspicious papillary thyroid carcinoma or benign lesions from January to December 2013 were retrospectively reviewed and analyzed. Results: All endoscopic operations via RA or modified facelift approach were successfully performed, without any significant intraoperative complications or conversion to open surgery. Based on patient-reported outcome questionnaires, all patients were satisfied with their postoperative surgical scars. Conclusion: Endoscopic RA thyroidectomy is technically feasible and safe with satisfactory cosmetic results for patients where indicated.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)355-365
Number of pages11
JournalSurgical endoscopy
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2016 Jan 1

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