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BACKGROUND 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. METHODS From July 2009 to February 2010, 352 patients underwent robotic thyroidectomy using a(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)
Robotic thyroidectomy is an emerging technique with postoperative outcomes that are at least comparable to those of conventional endoscopic thyroidectomy, with some end-points appearing superior. Our multicenter series represents the largest comparison of robotic and endoscopic thyroidectomy to date, with results suggesting a comparable robot technology we(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)
The role of the robot in thyroid surgery remains uncertain, and it is unclear whether robotic total thyroidectomy (R-TT) can be justified as a standard treatment for patients with thyroid cancer. This study compared the long-term operative results and oncologic outcomes of R-TT and conventional open TT (O-TT) after propensity score matching of the cohorts.(More)
BACKGROUND 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(More)
BACKGROUND Laparoscopic adrenalectomy is considered the gold standard for the surgical treatment of small adrenal tumors. However, several approach routes, such as the transperitoneal (TP), lateral retroperitoneal, and the posterior retroperitoneal (PR) approaches are being used based on surgeon's preference. The PR approach has several benefits compared(More)
BACKGROUND The present study was designed to investigate the necessity of completion thyroidectomy for patients who underwent thyroid lobectomy for low-risk papillary thyroid microcarcinoma (PTMC) that was later pathologically diagnosed as central lymph node (CLN) metastasis. METHODS Between 1986 and 2001, we assessed 551 patients who underwent(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)
A significant proportion of patients with papillary thyroid cancer (PTC) present with extrathyroidal extension (ETE) and lymph node metastasis (LNM). However, the molecular mechanism of tumor invasiveness in PTC remains to be elucidated. The aim of this study is to understand the role of Hedgehog (Hh) signaling in tumor aggressiveness in patients with PTC.(More)