Innovative surgery of the thyroid and parathyroid glands without incision of the neck
In recent years, an innovative approach to thyroid and parathyroid gland surgery, TOETVA, Transoral Endoscopic Thyroidectomy, has been developed. This method is based on the access of the thyroid and parathyroid gland through the lower lip using conventional endoscopic equipment.
Today, this operation is carried out in several medical centers, in different parts of the world, including the United States, Thailand, Brazil, Europe and other countries. To date, around 2,000 such operations have been performed in the world, with a good result, similar to the traditional approach of neck surgery.
Operation is performed through a small incision in the lower lip (1.5 cm), through which a camera is inserted with two endoscopic instruments, with the help of which resection is performed. The operation takes place under general anesthesia.
The surgical risk is proportional to the resection volume and is identical to the classical operation on the neck.
According to the developers of the TOETVA method, during the operation of the thyroid gland, the endoscopic approach reduces the risk of hoarseness.
After surgery, the pain is minimal (similar to traditional surgery on the neck). The patient is discharged from the hospital the day after the operation, without any restrictions, with the ability to eat normally. After TOETVA surgery, there is no scar or other signs of surgery on the neck.
Most people feel uncomfortable because of the surgical scar, which is often very noticeable, so the new surgical approach has real advantages, as it leaves no external scars.