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Scar of Minimally Invasive Thyroidectomy





Scar of Traditional Thyroidectomy

Thyroid Minimally Invasive Thyroidectomy


Minimally Invasive Thyroidectomy

In contrast, endoscopic thyroidectomy will not leave behind unsightly scars. Performed under general anesthesia, the surgeon will first incise four tiny holes in the patient’s underarms and areola, with the largest one of 1.5 cm over the axilla and other three 5 mm incision around the areola. Equipment will then be placed inside the body through the incisions and remove the thyroid glands. A total thyroidectomy takes around 3.5 hours, while a partial thyroidectomy takes around 2.5 hours. Patients will be hospitalized for 3 to 5 days and may resume feeding and move around few hours after the surgery. As the underarms and areola wounds are barely noticeable, and the skin on the areola heals relatively quickly, patients will not be left with noticeable scars after the surgery. Patients who have undergone total thyroidectomy will also need to take Thyroxine as hormonal replacement. This is not necessary for patients who have undergone partial thyroidectomy.

Minimally Invasive Thyroidectomy Traditional Thyroidectomy
Scar Underarms Neck
Wound 1.5 cm 4 cm
Duration of surgery 3 hours 2.5 hours
Hospitalization 3 to 5 days 3 to 5 days
Ambulation On the day of surgery On the day of surgery


Traditional Thyroidectomy

Traditional total thyroidectomy takes around 2.5 hours and is performed under general anesthesia. The doctor will create an incision of around 4cm on the thyroid gland and directly remove the thyroid gland. Patients may consume food and move around after the surgery, and will be hospitalized for around 3 to 5 days.




Risks of Goiter Treatment

  • Usual surgical risks, including bleeding and infection.
  • Damage to the parathyroid glands, cramping occurs more easily and calcium deficiency. However, this situation is rare and patients can recover quickly even when it occurs. It is advisable to consult an experienced thyroidologist.
  • Laryngeal nerve damage, voice may become coarse, but this situation is rare.

The information provided on this website is for educational purposes only. Please consult your physicians before considering treatment or for detailed medical advice.