Scientists from Tulane University School of Medicine have developed a novel surgical technique that would help remove all or a portion of the thyroid or parathyroid glands without leaving a scar on the neck.
It uses a small incision under the arm to remove all or a portion of the thyroid or parathyroid glands without leaving a scar on the neck.
The new technique uses the latest Da Vinci three-dimensional, high-definition robotic equipment to make a two-inch incision below the armpit that allows doctors to maneuver a small camera and specially designed instruments between muscles to access the thyroid.
The diseased tissue is removed endoscopically through the armpit incision.
"This is an exciting new treatment option for certain patients who need thyroid surgery but are concerned about having a visible and permanent neck scar," Tulane University School of Medicine surgeon Dr. Emad Kandil.
"This technique safely removes the thyroid without leaving so much as a scratch on the neck," Kandil added.
The new technique has benefits that go beyond aesthetics. Unlike other forms of endoscopic thyroid surgery, it doesn't require blowing gas into the neck to create space to perform the operation.
Those techniques can risk complications if the gas is retained in the neck or chest after surgery, causing significant discomfort and postoperative complications.