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Gland Surg. 2017 Jun;6(3):218-228. doi: 10.21037/gs.2017.03.18.

Overview of robotic thyroidectomy.

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1
Department of Otolaryngology Head and Neck Surgery, University of Nebraska Medical Center, Omaha, USA.
2
Department of Surgery, Korea University College of Medicine, Seoul, Korea.
3
Department of Otorhinolaryngology, Yonsei Head and Neck Cancer Center, Yonsei University College of Medicine, Seoul, Korea.
4
Department of Thyroid and Endocrine Surgery, Yonsei University College of Medicine, Seoul, Korea.

Abstract

With the advancement and adaptation of technology, there has been a tremendous evolution in the surgical approaches for thyroidectomy. Robotic thyroidectomy has become increasingly popular worldwide attracting both surgeons and patients searching for new and innovative techniques for thyroidectomy with a superior cosmetic result when compared to the conventional open procedures. In this review, we describe the following surgical approaches for robotic thyroidectomy: transaxillary, retroauricular (facelift) and transoral. The advantages and disadvantages as well as limitations of each approach are examined, and future directions of robotic thyroidectomy are discussed.

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Thyroidectomy; minimally invasive; remote-access; robotic

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Conflicts of Interest: The authors have no conflicts of interest to declare.

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