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Minerva Surgery 2021 April;76(2):160-4

DOI: 10.23736/S2724-5691.20.08339-X

Copyright © 2020 EDIZIONI MINERVA MEDICA

language: English

Mini-invasive thyroidectomy and intraoperative neuromonitoring: a high-volume single-center experience in 215 consecutive cases

Paolo DEL RIO 1, Federico COZZANI 1 , Matteo ROSSINI 1, Tommaso LODERER 1, Elena BIGNAMI 2, Elena BONATI 1

1 Unit of General Surgery, Department of Medicine and Surgery, Parma University Hospital, Parma, Italy; 2 Division of Anesthesiology and Critical Care, Department of Medicine and Surgery, Parma University Hospital, University of Parma, Parma, Italy



BACKGROUND: Endocrine surgery recent evolution has been characterized by introduction of mini-invasive video-assisted technique. When a new technique is introduced in surgical use the rate of adverse events must be the same of previous standardized technique. In MIVAT procedure complication rate and in particular nerve injury risk is associated surgeon’s experience. The new approach is the intraoperative neuro-monitoring (IONM) use in MIVAT in order to reduce the laryngeal nerve injury rate in a more technically difficult surgical procedure.
METHODS: We analyzed clinical and surgical data regarding 215 patients treated with MIVAT technique and simultaneous IONM utilization from September 2014 to December 2019 in a single high-volume surgical center. We recorded data regarding age, gender, preoperative diagnosis, surgical time, early postoperative hypocalcemia, hematoma and vocal cord palsy. We compared these data to our first 211 cases of MIVAT (July 2005 to June 2009) at the beginning of the learning curve, performed without using IONM. We tried to highlight the impact of MIVAT and IONM simultaneous use on surgical outcome comparing results to our previous studies, also highlighting the learning curve effect.
RESULTS: We detected a postoperative transitory clinical hypocalcemia in 14 patients (6.5%). No postoperative hematoma was recorded. Using I-IONM during thyroidectomy, we recorded in five cases a loss of signal; in three cases (1.4%) we experienced a temporary postoperative vocal cord palsy, only one case of definitive palsy. We did not observe any significant differences in surgical complications rate between the first 211 cases and these last 215 cases. We have not found any statistically significative difference regarding IONM use during MIVAT procedure related to MIVAT performed without IONM. In our previous experience cases series of MIVAT the percentage of transitory nerve palsy reported was 2.4% (non-significant P value). Surgical indication has changed.
CONCLUSIONS: In our experience we report that the use of IONM in MIVAT is as helpful to improve the safe of procedure. The risk of nerve palsy in literature associated to MIVAT is the same of the related one to classic technique (CT). We have not found statistical positivity to use IONM in MIVAT related to MIVAT without IONM. In our previous experience cases series of MIVAT the percentage of transitory nerve palsy reported was 2.4% (non-significant P value). The most important IONM effect, in our opinion is the “safety feeling” experienced by the surgeon using IONM in a more challenging procedure. As a University Hospital, training surgery residents, we also identified the IONM as a very useful teaching support.


KEY WORDS: Parathyroidectomy; Video-assisted surgery; Minimally invasive surgical procedures; Intraoperative monitoring

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