Background: Endoscopic transoral thyroidectomy is a recently introduced technique of remote access thyroidectomy. We previously reported the feasibility of the robotic approach (TORT). Nevertheless, experience to date is limited, with scant data on outcomes in patients with papillary thyroid carcinoma (PTC). Methods: This was a retrospective analysis of prospectively collected data. Patients with PTC, who underwent TORT at a single center between March 2016 and February 2017, were analyzed. Results: There were a total of 100 patients (85 women, 15 men) with a mean age of 40.7 ± 9.8 years, and a mean tumor size of 0.8 ± 0.5 cm. Nine patients underwent a total thyroidectomy, and 91 underwent a lobectomy. The operative time for a total thyroidectomy and lobectomy was 270.0 ± 9.3 and 210.8 ± 32.9 min, respectively. Ipsilateral prophylactic central neck compartment dissection was performed routinely with retrieval of 5.0 ± 3.6 lymph nodes. Perioperative morbidity was present in nine patients including transient recurrent laryngeal nerve palsy (n = 1), postoperative bleeding requiring surgical intervention (n = 1), zygomatic bruising (n = 2), chin flap perforation (n = 1), oral commissure tearing (n = 2), and chin dimpling (n = 2). There was no conversion to endoscopic or conventional open thyroid surgery. Conclusion: In this study, TORT could be safely performed in a large series of patients with PTC without serious complications. In selected patients, TORT by experienced surgeons could be considered an alternative approach for remote access thyroidectomy.
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