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Robotic facelift thyroid surgery.

Authors
  • Bomeli, Steven R
  • Duke, William S
  • Terris, David J
Type
Published Article
Journal
Gland surgery
Publication Date
Oct 01, 2015
Volume
4
Issue
5
Pages
403–409
Identifiers
DOI: 10.3978/j.issn.2227-684X.2015.02.07
PMID: 26425453
Source
Medline
Keywords
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Abstract

Techniques for thyroid surgery have advanced dramatically over the past two decades, driven by a better understanding of thyroid physiology, anatomy, and perioperative management strategies. Improvements in surgical technology have permitted surgeons to perform minimally invasive surgery associated with less dissection, decreased pain, smaller anterior cervical incisions, and most importantly a faster recovery. The advent of robotic surgical technology has allowed the development of remote access thyroidectomy for select patients who wish to avoid a visible cervical incision completely. The robotic facelift thyroidectomy (RFT) approach also offers the advantage of outpatient surgery without the need for postoperative drainage. A growing body of evidence supports the safety and efficacy of the approach, and as a result the technique is now being performed at several centers around the world.

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