Minimally Invasive Thyroid and Parathyroid Surgery

West Hills Hospital is the only center in the San Fernando Valley, Conejo Valley, Ventura, Santa Barbara, Bakersfield and Lancaster with these capabilities.

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Alen N. Cohen, MD, FACS

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Minimally Invasive Thyroid and Parathyroid Surgery

The minimally invasive thyroid/parathyroid surgery program emphasizes 1-1.5 inch incisions for removal of thyroid nodules, thyroid cancers and parathyroid adenomas. Intraoperative nerve monitoring is done through the use of EMG endotracheal tubes and intraoperative PTH assay conrms resolution of hyperparathyroidism denitively during parathyroid surgery.

Indications for Minimally Invasive Thyroid and Parathyroid Surgery:

  • Patients with localized parathyroid adenomas
  • Patients with small thyroid nodules less than 3.5 cm undergoing diagnostic hemithyroidectomy
  • Certain patients with thyroid cancer who have small thyroid glands and localized disease (20-40% may convert to larger 2 inch incision)
  • Thin neck
  • No previous neck surgery

Benefits of Minimally Invasive Thyroid and Parathyroid Surgery:

  • Smaller incisions (usually 2.5-4.0 cm or 1.5 inches)
  • Shorter hospital course (6 hours), 90% of hemithyroidectomies go home the same day
  • Shorter recovery time (usually 3-5 days)
  • Decreased pain and swallowing dysfunction (many patients utilize pain meds only the first day)
  • Decreased risk of hypoparathyroidism
  • Equivalent risk of nerve injury (1%) as with traditional approach in experienced surgeon’s hands
  • No drains