Minimally invasive video-assisted thyroidectomy: A multi-institutional north american experience

David J. Terris, Peter Angelos, David L. Steward, Alfred A. Simental

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Objective: To report the results of a multiinstitutional experience with the minimally invasive video-assisted thyroidectomy, which was conceived in Europe and Asia and has only recently been embraced in the United States. Design: Prospective, nonrandomized analysis. Setting: Four academic thyroid surgical practices. Patients: Consecutive series of 228 patients who required thyroid surgery and were deemed at surgeon discretion to be eligible for a minimal access surgery. Interventions: Minimally invasive video-assisted thyroidectomy was performed in 216 patients. Main Outcome Measures: The data, which were recorded prospectively, included age, sex, indication for surgery, incision length, and complications of surgery. Results: Because conversion to an open approach was required in 12 of the 228 patients, the study group comprised 216 patients (25 men and 191 women; mean [SD] age, 44.5 [14.1] years). There were no hematomas and no cases of permanent hypoparathyroidism or permanent vocal cord paralysis. Nine patients had a transient vocal cord paresis (3.2% of nerves at risk); 5 patients experienced temporary hypocalcemia (8.1% of total thyroidectomies); 1 patient reported a change in voice pitch; and 1 patient required a scar revision. Conclusions: Use of the minimally invasive video-assisted thyroidectomy technique has been adopted cautiously in the United States. The safety of the procedure represented by the data from this multi-institutional experience would support its expanded adoption by high-volume thyroid surgeons.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)81-84
Number of pages4
JournalArchives of Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 2008

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery
  • Otorhinolaryngology


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