Video-assisted thyroidectomy: lessons learned after more than one decade

Celestino Pio Lombardi, Marco Raffaelli, Carmela De Crea, Rocco Domenico Alfonso Bellantone, Annamaria D'Amore

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

13 Citations (Scopus)

Abstract

In selected patients, video-assisted thyroidectomy can be considered a safe and validated procedure offering significant advantages over conventional surgery, with no additional morbidity. Aim of this study was to evaluate the results obtained in a series of patients selected for video-assisted thyroidectomy over a 10-years period. All patients who underwent video-assisted thyroidectomy from June 1998 to June 2009 were considered. The eligibility criteria for video-assisted thyroidectomy are: thyroid nodules < or = 35 mm; estimated thyroid volume < 30 ml; no previous conventional neck surgery and/or radiation therapy; small, low-risk papillary thyroid carcinoma. A total of 1363 video-assisted thyroidectomies were attempted in the time period considered. Conversion to the conventional procedure was necessary in 7 cases. Thyroid lobectomy was successfully performed in 157 cases, total thyroidectomy in 1175, and completion thyroidectomy in 24. In 126 patients, the central neck nodes were removed through the same access. Simultaneous video-assisted parathyroidectomy, for a parathyroid adenoma, was performed in 42 patients. Pathological studies showed benign disease in 986 cases, papillary thyroid carcinoma in 368 cases, C-cells hyperplasia in 1 case, and medullary microcarcinoma in 1 patients with RET germline mutation. Post-operative complications included 27 transient and 1 definitive recurrent laryngeal nerve palsy, 230 transient hypocalcemia, 10 definitive hypoparathyroidism, 4 postoperative hematoma and 5 wound infection.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)317-320
Number of pages4
JournalActa Otorhinolaryngologica Italica
Volume29
Publication statusPublished - 2009

Keywords

  • Adolescent
  • Adult
  • Aged
  • Aged, 80 and over
  • Child
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Thyroid Diseases
  • Thyroidectomy
  • Time Factors
  • Video-Assisted Surgery
  • Young Adult

Fingerprint

Dive into the research topics of 'Video-assisted thyroidectomy: lessons learned after more than one decade'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this