World J Surg (2018) 42:2280 DOI 10.1007/s00268-017-4367-y LETTE R T O T HE EDI T OR Yonsei Experience of 5000 Gasless Transaxillary Robotic Thyroidectomies 1 1 Sapana Bothra Sabaretnam Mayilvaganan Published online: 14 November 2017 Socie ´te ´ Internationale de Chirurgie 2017 We read with interest the article ‘‘Yonsei experience of 5000 transaxillary robotic thyroidectomy without open surgical gasless transaxillary Robotic Thyroidectomies’’ by Kim experience? What factor contributed to surgery of 1367 et al. . We congratulate the authors on their huge experi- patients in the second period consisting of only two months ence of 5000 gasless transaxillary robotic thyroidectomies December 2011 and January 2012? In less than total thy- and their constant effort and passion to reﬁne this art of roidectomy how much thyroid tissue was left behind? transaxillary robotic thyroidectomy to attain accept- Thank you for your comments on these issues. able norms of safe thyroid surgery (\ 2% Hypoparathy- roidism and \ 2% RLN injury) . This retrospective study analyzes the journey through 5000 thyroidectomies and we References also agree with authors that prospective studies with large numbers and long period are difﬁcult to conduct. We have 1. Kim MJ, Nam KH, Lee SG, Choi JB, Kim TH, Lee CR, Lee J, few queries which shall interest to some future readers. Kang SW, Jeong JJ, Chung WY (2017) Yonsei experience of 5000 During the same period (October 2007 to May 2017) gasless transaxillary robotic thyroidectomies. World J Surg. how many open thyroidectomies were performed, their https://doi.org/10.1007/s00268-017-4209-y 2. Marohn MR, LaCivita KA (1995) Evaluation of total/near-total indications and the cost difference between the two pro- thyroidectomy in a short-stay hospitalization: safe and cost- cedures? How was the period divided? Was this based on effective. Surgery 118(6):943–948 any factor such as the introduction of newer generation of robot, etc. Do their trainees ﬁnd it difﬁcult to adapt to & Sabaretnam Mayilvaganan firstname.lastname@example.org Department of Endocrine and Breast Surgery, Sanjay Gandhi Postgraduate Institute of Medical Sciences, Lucknow, India
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Published: Nov 14, 2017
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