Article Abstract

Less postoperative pain in patients receiving trans-oral vestibular endoscopic thyroidectomy: a plausible finding?

Authors: Kuo-Mao Lan, Chia-Ming Chen, Chia-Chun Chuang, Chien-Ching Lee Lee, Li-Kai Wang, Yao-Tsung Lin, Wei-Cheng Liu, Jen-Yin Chen


We read with interest the article regarding 97 patients who underwent thyroidectomy for Graves’ disease (1). In the retrospective study, 49 patients received open thyroidectomy (OT) and 46 patients received transoral endoscopic thyroidectomy vestibular approach (TOETVA). The outcomes of patients with TOETVA were compared to those of patients with OT. The authors discovered and concluded that patients receiving TOETVA had better cosmetic results (scare-free) than patients with OT. Also, they reported that patients receiving TOETVA experienced significantly less pain than that in patients with OT. The finding has drawn the attention of anesthesiologists who are involved in the pain management perioperatively.