Robotic Transaxillary Thyroidectomy: A Modified Protocol for the Western Medical Community
Robotic transaxillary thyroidectomy is currently of great interest, particularly in Asia, Europe, and North and South America. Considerable research has shown that it is safe and that its outcome is at least equivalent, if not superior, to open thyroidectomy. It has been slow to gain widespread acceptance in clinical practice, however, perhaps because of reservations about its general applicability to all patient populations, uncertainty about the instruments involved, and questions about the willingness of insurance companies to fund the procedure. This chapter provides detailed information on the method and summarizes important modifications that may pave the way for its widespread adoption.
KeywordsRobotic Thyroidectomy Transaxillary
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