Completion thyroidectomy via the transoral endoscopic vestibular approach
The safety and efficacy of the transoral endoscopic thyroidectomy vestibular approach (TOETVA) continues to be verified with the growing literature in regards to the procedure. While early cases were thyroid lobectomies performed for benign disease, the indications for TOETVA have now expanded to include total thyroidectomy for select small well-differentiated thyroid cancers (DTCs). Oncologic efficacy of this procedure remains unproven at this time, as the procedure was described only recently. Furthermore, as many of the cases completed via TOETVA are often diagnostic lobectomies, the appropriate management for patients requiring or opting for further surgical intervention per American Thyroid Association (ATA) guidelines has not been established. Here we present a case of a diagnostic lobectomy via TOETVA followed by interval completion thyroidectomy via the same approach for minimally invasive Hurthle cell carcinoma. Postoperative ultrasound demonstrated no evidence of thyroid remnant and serum thyroglobulin without circulating anti-thyroid antibodies was 0.3 ng/mL (reference range, 1.5–38.5 ng/mL) following the patient’s completion thyroidectomy.