N. Ishikawa, M. Kawaguchi, H. Moriyama
May 1, 2012
Conventional thyroidectomy normally requires a collar incision on the anterior surface of the neck to facilitate exposure of the thyroid gland. To avoid a wide neck scar, several minimally invasive procedures such as the minimal cervical access approach and endoscopic technique have been developed (1–5). Since Chung’s first report on robot-assisted thyroidectomy, several robotic procedures that avoid cervical scars have been developed for treating thyroid disease (6,7). Here, we report a case in which robot-assisted hemithyroidectomy via the gasless axillary approach was used for treating thyroid cancer.