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Various robotic surgical procedures have been performed in recent years, and most reports have proved that the application of robotic technology for surgery is technically feasible and safe. This study aimed to introduce the authors’ technique of robot-assisted endoscopic thyroid surgery and to demonstrate its applicability in the surgical management of(More)
BACKGROUND Recently, robotic technology in the surgical area has gained wide popularity. However, in the filed of head and neck surgery, the applications of robotic instruments are problematic owing to spatial and technical limitations. The authors performed robot-assisted endoscopic thyroid operations in consecutive thyroid tumor patients using the newly(More)
OBJECTIVE To confirm the merits of robotic thyroid surgery by comparing the surgical outcomes of robotic-assisted and conventional endoscopic thyroidectomy in papillary thyroid microcarcinoma (PTMC) patients. BACKGROUND Robot-assisted surgical techniques are widely utilized, and substantially, overcome the limitations of conventional endoscopic surgery.(More)
Perioperative administration of pregabalin, which is effective for neuropathic pain, might reduce early postoperative and chronic pain. This randomized, double-blinded, placebo-controlled trial (Clinical Trials.gov ID NCT00905580) was designed to investigate the efficacy and safety of pregabalin for reducing both acute postoperative pain and the development(More)
PURPOSE During the past decade, various techniques of endoscopic thyroid surgery have been introduced. We have developed a novel method of gasless endoscopic thyroidectomy via an axillary approach. The present report describes the technique of this method, and analyzes its surgical outcome. PATIENTS AND METHODS Between Nov. 2001 and Dec. 2007 (actual(More)
BACKGROUND The aim of this study was to evaluate and compare the early surgical outcomes of endoscopic and conventional open thyroidectomies in patients with papillary thyroid microcarcinoma (PTMC). METHODS Between September 2005 and December 2007, 499 patients with PTMC were enrolled. 275 patients underwent gasless endoscopic thyroidectomy via the(More)
PURPOSE Robotic surgical systems are among the most innovative surgical developments and have radically promoted the use of minimally invasive techniques. Robotic technologies using different approaches have also been applied to thyroid surgery. Recently, the authors described a novel robotic surgical method for thyroid surgery based on a gasless,(More)
Robotic applications have achieved safe and precise thyroidectomy with notable cosmetic and functional benefits. This study was designed to document the influence of body habitus on robotic thyroidectomy in papillary thyroid carcinoma (PTC) patients. From July 2009 to February 2010, 352 patients underwent robotic thyroidectomy using a gasless, transaxillary(More)
Central compartment lymph node (CCLN) management in patients without clinical or radiologic evidence of CCLN metastasis is debatable. The aim of the present study was to evaluate outcomes of surgery for papillary thyroid microcarcinoma (PTMC) with prophylactic ipsilateral CCLN dissection (PI-CCND) in a large cohort of patients treated at one single(More)