Comparison of an Axillo-Breast Approach and Only-Axillary Approach in Robotic Endoscopic Thyroidectomy

로봇 내시경 갑상선 절제술의 액와-유륜 접근법과 유일-액와 접근법의 비교

  • Won, Tae Wan (Department of Surgery, Wonkwang University School of Medicine)
  • 원태완 (원광대학교 의과대학 외과학교실)
  • Received : 2015.09.24
  • Accepted : 2015.10.08
  • Published : 2015.10.31


Purpose: Various new techniques in thyroid surgery have been developed to improve visualization and reduce risk of complications. New approaches for robotic endoscopic thyroidectomy help to prevent neck scarring and improve surgical ergonomics. The purpose of this study was to compare the efficacy and adventages of an axillo-breast approach (AB group) and an only-axillary approach (OA group) in robotic endoscopic thyroidectomy. Methods: Between November 2008 and July 2014, axillo-breast approach was performed in 128 patients and only-axillary approach was performed in 128 patients for robotic endoscopic thyroidectomy. We compared tumor characteristics, surgical outcomes, and postoperative complications between the two approaches. The homogeneity between two groups of general characteristics was analyzed by independent t-test, fisher's exact test, Chi-square test. Results: There were no differences in terms of tumor characteristics, extent of thyroidectomy, retrieved nodes, and postoperative complications between the two approaches. The patients in OA group can avoid breast scar. Conclusion: Our techniques of AB and OA approaches for robotic endoscopic thyroidectomy are safe, feasible, and cosmetically excellent procedures. Also the OA approach for robotic endoscopic thyroidectomy is an attractive surgical option for patients with thyroid tumor who want an avoid breast scar.


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