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Operative Technique for Single Incision Robot-Assisted Transaxillary Thyroid Surgery

Nancy D Perrier, Christine S Landry, David S Kwon, Elizabeth G Grubbs, G Stephen Morris, Jeffrey E Lee

Citation Information : Perrier ND, Landry CS, Kwon DS, Grubbs EG, Morris GS, Lee JE. Operative Technique for Single Incision Robot-Assisted Transaxillary Thyroid Surgery. World J Endoc Surg 2011; 3 (2):83-88.

DOI: 10.5005/jp-journals-10002-1063

Published Online: 01-08-2011

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During the past five years, transaxillary approaches to thyroid surgery have been introduced into surgical literature. These techniques were initially performed using traditional endoscopy, and most recently with a surgical robot. This manuscript describes our approach to robotassisted transaxillary surgery (RATS) for thyroidectomy using a single axillary incision. Because of the steep learning curve, this procedure is best implemented with a team approach. The ideal team consists of a console surgeon who operates the robot, a bedside surgeon who assists with retraction and troubleshoots robotic arm collisions and a circulating assistant who helps optimize the efficiency of the operation.

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