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Endoscopic thyroidectomy by the axillary approach

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Neck surgery has recently become one of the newest fields for the application of endoscopic surgery because the resultant scar is small and inconspicuous. Still, some patients feel even a small scar on the neck is not cosmetically acceptable. We therefore have developed a new technique of endoscopic thyroidectomy by the axillary approach that leaves no scar on the neck at all. When this method is used, the small scar in the axilla is completely covered by the patient's arm in a natural manner. The cosmetic result is excellent, and sensory loss in the neck is negligible because the area of surgical dissection is small. We believe that endoscopic thyroid surgery by the axillary approach will find a role in the treatment of thyroid disease.

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Ikeda, Y., Takami, H., Niimi, M. et al. Endoscopic thyroidectomy by the axillary approach. Surg Endosc 15, 1362–1364 (2001).

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