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Year : 2017  |  Volume : 13  |  Issue : 4  |  Page : 280-285

Robot-assisted thyroidectomy using a gasless, transaxillary approach for the management of thyroid lesions: Indian experience

1 Department of Surgical Oncology, Manipal Comprehensive Cancer Center, Bengaluru, Karnataka, India
2 Manipal Comprehensive Cancer Center, Manipal Hospital, Bengaluru, Karnataka, India

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K R Ashwin
Consultant Surgical Oncologist, Department of Surgical Oncology, Manipal Hospital, #98, H A L Old Airport Road, Bengaluru - 560 017, Karnataka
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/jmas.JMAS_42_16

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Aim: Since last decades, more and more thyroidectomies have been performed by the minimally invasive method. Compared to conventional thyroidectomy, minimally invasive thyroidectomy has a superior cosmetic result. However, the outcome depends, in a large extent, on the skill of the operator and the learning curve is relatively long. Robotic thyroidectomy (RT) is a relatively new approach in treating thyroid lesions with improved ergonomics and surgical outcomes. Purpose: We performed a prospective study of robotic-assisted transaxillary approach for thyroidectomy in Indian patients to examine the feasibility of the procedure. Materials and Methods: A total of 35 patients underwent RT. Demographics, surgical indications, operative findings, postoperative functional outcome, local complications and pathological outcomes were recorded and analyzed. Results: The median age of the cohort was 28.6 years and 31 of the patients were women. The median size of the largest nodule was 3.2 cm (range, 1.0–4.5 cm). The median size of the largest nodule was 3.2 cm (range, 1.0–4.5 cm). Eighteen patients underwent less than total thyroidectomy and 17 patients underwent total thyroidectomy, with no conversion. The mean console time standard deviation was 115 min initially, and with experience, it reduced to 106 min for subsequent cases. The mean blood loss was 13 ml. Post-operative outcome was good with no serious complication noted in our series. Conclusion: Robotic-assisted thyroidectomy using a gasless transaxillary approach is a feasible, safe and noninferior surgical alternative for selected patients. We believe with time RT will be widened and it will be performed more often.


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