Transoral robotic thyroidectomy: a preclinical feasibility study using the da Vinci Xi platform

Jonathon O. Russell, Salem I. Noureldine, Mai G. Al Khadem, Hamad A. Chaudhary, Andrew T. Day, Hoon Yub Kim, Ralph P. Tufano, Jeremy D. Richmon

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    Abstract

    Transoral thyroid surgery allows the surgeon to conceal incisions within the oral cavity without significantly increasing the amount of required dissection. TORT provides an ideal scarless, midline access to the thyroid gland and bilateral central neck compartments. This approach, however, presents multiple technical challenges. Herein, we present our experience using the latest generation robotic surgical system to accomplish transoral robotic thyroidectomy (TORT). In two human cadavers, the da Vinci Xi surgical system (Intuitive Surgical, Sunnyvale, CA, USA) was used to complete TORT. Total thyroidectomy and bilateral central neck dissection was successfully completed in both cadavers. The da Vinci Xi platform offered several technologic advantages over previous robotic generations including overhead docking, narrower arms, and improved range of motion allowing for improved execution of previously described TORT techniques.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)341-346
    Number of pages6
    JournalJournal of Robotic Surgery
    Volume11
    Issue number3
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 2017 Sep 1

    Keywords

    • Remote access
    • Robotic
    • Thyroidectomy
    • Transoral
    • Vestibular
    • da Vinci Xi

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Surgery
    • Health Informatics

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