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Minerva Chirurgica 2007 October;62(5):309-14

SURGICAL CONTROVERSIES IN THYROID CARCINOMA 

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The minimally invasive surgical approach in thyroid diseases

Ruggieri M. 1, Straniero A. 1, Maiuolo A. 1, Pacini F. M. 1, Chatelou E. 1, Batori M. 1, D’Armiento M. 2, Fumarola A. 2, Gargiulo P. 3, Genderini M. 4

Aim. The targets of minimally invasive thyroidectomy could be summarised by: achievement of the same results as those obtained with traditional surgery, better postoperative course and improved cosmetic results. In minimally invasive surgical approach the skin incision should not exceed 30 mm in length. In our experience this limit may be extended of 5 mm for thyroid between 25 and 50 mL in volume. This way allows more patients, excluded before, to take the advantages of minimally invasive approach. The aim of this work has been to demostrate that the central neck minimally invasive approach is safe, less painful, better for cosmetic results and easily reproducible in surgical practice.
Methods. From January 2003 to June 2007, 75 patients have been selected for minimally invasive thyroidectomy. The procedure was carried out through a central skin incision performed “high” between the cricoid and jugular notch. Our “modified Miccoli-procedure” consists in five-easily repeatable steps. In the postoperative stay, all patients were asked to evaluate the pain that feel and the cosmetic result by means of a numeric scale.
Results. The skin incision performed was from 25 to 30 mm (mean 27.39 ± 2.6 mm). We obtained in all cases excellent results about patients cure rate and comfort, few postoperative pain and attractive cosmetic results.
Conclusion. In this study we demonstrate that the central neck minimally invasive approach is safe, less painful, better for cosmetic results, with less paresthetic consequences and easily reproducible in surgical practice. In our opinion a longer incision (up to 35 mm), does not affect negatively the advantages of minimally invasive procedure. This way allows more patients to take the advantages of minimally invasive approach.

Aim. The targets of minimally invasive thyroidectomy could be summarised by: achievement of the same results as those obtained with traditional surgery, better postoperative course and improved cosmetic results. In minimally invasive surgical approach the skin incision should not exceed 30 mm in length. In our experience this limit may be extended of 5 mm for thyroid between 25 and 50 mL in volume. This way allows more patients, excluded before, to take the advantages of minimally invasive approach. The aim of this work has been to demostrate that the central neck minimally invasive approach is safe, less painful, better for cosmetic results and easily reproducible in surgical practice.
Methods. From January 2003 to June 2007, 75 patients have been selected for minimally invasive thyroidectomy. The procedure was carried out through a central skin incision performed “high” between the cricoid and jugular notch. Our “modified Miccoli-procedure” consists in five-easily repeatable steps. In the postoperative stay, all patients were asked to evaluate the pain that feel and the cosmetic result by means of a numeric scale.
Results. The skin incision performed was from 25 to 30 mm (mean 27.39 ± 2.6 mm). We obtained in all cases excellent results about patients cure rate and comfort, few postoperative pain and attractive cosmetic results.
Conclusion. In this study we demonstrate that the central neck minimally invasive approach is safe, less painful, better for cosmetic results, with less paresthetic consequences and easily reproducible in surgical practice. In our opinion a longer incision (up to 35 mm), does not affect negatively the advantages of minimally invasive procedure. This way allows more patients to take the advantages of minimally invasive approach.

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