MINIMALLY INVASIVE OPTIONS FOR THYROIDECTOMY

MINIMALLY INVASIVE OPTIONS FOR THYROIDECTOMY - MINIMALLY...

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MINIMALLY INVASIVE OPTIONS FOR THYROIDECTOMY Over recent years, the development of ultrasonic shears for hemostasis and small size endoscopes has allowed surgeons to perform thyroidectomies through much smaller incisions than using traditional techniques. Two different approaches have been taken to minimally invasive thyroidectomies. One technique, largely popularized in areas of the Far East such as Japan, China, and Korea, involves making incisions away from the neck in hidden areas such as in the axillae, chest, or in the areola of the breast. The surgeon then creates a tunnel up to the neck where the thyroidectomy is performed with endoscopic instruments utilizing the endoscope for visualization. Approaches such as this are generally performed with low pressure insufflation and can completely avoid any incisions on the neck itself. 54-57 Although some authors utilizing such approaches have described removing large thyroid glands, most reports suggest significantly longer operative times. Perhaps most concerning to many American surgeons with
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This note was uploaded on 11/22/2011 for the course BSC BSC1085 taught by Professor Sharonsimpson during the Fall '10 term at Broward College.

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