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Otolaryngol Clin North Am. 2014 Jun;47(3):373-8. doi: 10.1016/j.otc.2014.03.001.

Robotic thyroidectomy.

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  • 1Division of Head and Neck Surgery, Stanford University School of Medicine, 875 Blake Wilbur Drive, CC-2227, Palo Alto, CA 94304-2205, USA. Electronic address:
  • 2Department of Surgery, Severance Hospital, Yonsei University School of Medicine, 50-1 Yonsei-Ro SeoDaemun-Gu, Seoul 120-752, Korea.


Robotic thyroidectomy is ideal for patients with indeterminate, likely benign lesions less than 3 cm, and a body mass index less than 35 kg/mg(2). Proper arm position and padding are important to facilitate exposure and development of the working space from axilla to thyroid bed. The working space is developed using headlight and retractors without robotic assistance, establishing exposure of the thyroid bed from a 5-cm incision in the axilla. Three robotic instruments and a stereoscopic endoscope provide excellent visualization of the associated thyroid neurovasculature anatomy.

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Robotic; Thyroidectomy; Transaxillary

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