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Transoral Robotic Thyroidectomy
Int J Thyroidol 2018;11(1):26-30
Published online May 30, 2018;
© 2018 Korean Thyroid Association.

Dawon Park, Hong Kyu Kim and Hoon Yub Kim

Department of Surgery, KUMC Thyroid Center, Korea University Anam Hospital, Korea University College of Medicine, Seoul, Korea
Correspondence to: Hoon Yub Kim, MD, PhD, FACS, Department of Surgery, Korea University College of Medicine, 73 Inchon-ro, Seongbuk-gu, Seoul 02841, Korea
Tel: 82-2-920-6849, Fax: 82-2-928-1631, E-mail:
Received May 4, 2018; Accepted May 18, 2018.
This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial License (, which permits unrestricted non-commercial use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.
Transoral approach for thyroidectomy recently gains a lot of attention among the thyroid surgeons, with definite merits over previously developed remote-access approaches. The approach not only resulted in the ideal cosmetic outcome but less postoperative pain with smaller dissection plane in comparison with other approaches. We have successfully introduced the robotic surgical system and its related techniques to this transoral surgical approach for thyroidectomy, which enables the surgeon to have the three-dimentional operative vision and to use the articulating instruments to enhance th eoptimal surgical outcomes. Herein, our unique procedures of transoral robotic thyroidectomy (TORT) are described, and possible advantages and disadvantages of the operation are discussed.
Keywords : Transoral thyroidectomy, Remote-access thyroidectomy, Transoral robotic thyroidectomy

November 2018, 11 (2)