We evaluated the invasiveness of breast approach endoscopic thyroidectomy (BAET) carried out by surgeon very experienced in this procedure. Twenty-four patients who underwent BAET and 19 patients who underwent conventional thyroidectomy were the study population. Postoperative pain was assessed by a visual analog scale (VAS). The values 2, 12, and 24h after surgery were significantly lower in the BAET group than those in the conventional group. Serum IL-6 and CRP levels were measured by an ELISA preoperatively and at 2, 12, 24 and 48h after operation. Their values increased significantly after both procedures when compared to preoperative levels with significant differences between the two groups detected at the 24-hour and 48-hour time points. Subjective and objective evidence supported the notion that BAET could become a minimally invasive procedure if the surgeon gained sufficient experience. © 2010 Wei Zhang et al.
Qiu, M., Zhang, W., Jiang, Z. G., Jiang, D. Z., Zheng, X. M., Shen, H. L., … Liu, S. (2010). The minimally invasive effect of breast approach endoscopic thyroidectomy: An expert’s experience. Clinical and Developmental Immunology, 2010. https://doi.org/10.1155/2010/459143