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


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.


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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