World J Surg (2018) 42:2281–2282 https://doi.org/10.1007/s00268-018-4471-7 REPLY, LET TER TO T H E E DI TOR Yonsei Experience of 5000 Gasless Transaxillary Robotic Thyroidectomies: Reply 1 1 Min Jhi Kim Woong Youn Chung Published online: 23 January 2018 Socie ´te ´ Internationale de Chirurgie 2018 Dear Editor-in-Chief, Korean national insurance system reimburses 4 times the We thank Bothra et al. for their congratulatory remarks amount for the robotic procedure. Therefore, RT and interesting questions about the article ‘‘Yonsei expe- ($13,672 ± 1383) is approximately 1.5 times more costly rience of 5000 gasless transaxillary robotic thyroidec- than OT ($ 9028 ± 891) in our institution . tomies’’ . We appreciate this opportunity to further Second, patients with thyroid tumor were divided into improve our methodological and terminological quality four consecutive groups according to operation dates: ﬁrst and share further information about not only robotic thy- period (October 2007 to November 2009, n = 1033), sec- roidectomy (RT), but also the entire thyroid surgery per- ond period (December 2009 to January 2012, n = 1367), formed in our institution. Here, we respond to their queries. third period (February 2012 to March 2014, n = 1489), First, during the period mentioned in
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