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Gland Surg. 2017 Jun;6(3):285-289. doi: 10.21037/gs.2017.05.05.

Transoral robotic thyroidectomy (TORT): procedures and outcomes.

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Department of Otolaryngology, Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary, Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA, USA.
Department of Surgery, Korea University Thyroid Center, Korea University College of Medicine, Seoul, South Korea.


Remote-access approaches to the thyroid gland have seen a rapid evolution recently with the development of various techniques to minimize the cosmetic and quality-of-life impact of a visible scar. Most approaches have required significantly more tissue dissection and have been limited in their extent to treat contralateral disease. The transoral approach is the most recent iteration of "scarless" thyroidectomy and offers various advantages over other techniques including less tissue dissection, equal access to both sides of the neck, and a superb midline view of the anatomy. Transoral thyroidectomy may be performed with either laparoscopic or robotic technology, each with various advantages and disadvantages. Herein, we discuss our experience with transoral robotic thyroidectomy (TORT).


Robotic thyroidectomy; minimally invasive; remote access; transoral; transoral robotic thyroidectomy (TORT), thyroidectomy

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

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