What is the feasibility of robotic thyroid surgery in North American patients?
Explore this issue:March 2011
Background: Less invasive thyroid surgery approaches, such as video-assisted thyroidectomy, may be technically difficult and still result in a neck incision. The daVinci Surgical System has been applied to a transaxillary endoscopic approach to the thyroid, allowing increased precision, tremor filtration and more degrees of freedom. A group in Seoul, South Korea has found gasless transaxillary robot-assisted endoscopic thyroid surgery to be safe and feasible.
Study design: Retrospective review of first 31 cases at a single center.