Robotic thyroid surgery for papillary thyroid carcinoma: Lessons learned from 100 consecutive surgeries

Hye Yoon Lee, In Soo Yang, Seong Bae Hwang, Jae Bok Lee, Jeoung Won Bae, Hoon Yub Kim

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Purpose: To evaluate the feasibility and safety of robotic thyroidectomy using the da Vinci surgical system. Patients and Methods: Between July 2008 and April 2011, the data revealed an initial series of 100 consecutive patients who underwent robotic thyroidectomy with the da Vinci-S surgical system using the bilateral axillo-breast approach for thyroid cancer. Prospectively collected data were analyzed retrospectively. Results: There were 88 cases of total thyroidectomy, 11 cases of lobectomy, and 1 case of total thyroidectomy with modified radical neck dissection. There was no conversion. The mean total operation time was 287.15±45.19 minutes for total thyroidectomy and 236.27±48.98 minutes for lobectomy. Nineteen patients experienced transient hypocalcemia and 3 patients experienced transient vocal fold palsy. All of the patients recovered within 3 months. Conclusions: Robotic thyroid surgery for patients with thyroid malignancy is safe and results in fewer postoperative complications than open thyroid surgery.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)27-32
Number of pages6
JournalSurgical Laparoscopy, Endoscopy and Percutaneous Techniques
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2015 Feb 27
Externally publishedYes


  • Robotic surgery
  • bilateral axillo-breast approach
  • thyroid cancer

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery


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