Background: Remote-access thyroid surgery has gained popularity and has advanced significantly over the past two decades, given the patient desire to avoid cosmetically displeasing scarring. It has only been recently that natural-orifice transluminal endoscopic surgery (NOTES) techniques have been geared for thyroidectomies. The transoral endoscopic thyroidectomy vestibular approach has been categorized as a NOTES procedure—given the approach to the thyroid gland via incisions in the oral cavity. Our aim is to provide a review of the current literature on the transoral endoscopic thyroidectomy vestibular approach (TOETVA), to present the worldwide experience of this novel procedure, and to outline whether individual patients have characteristics that would make the procedure feasible for this technique. Methods: A literature review was done to compile articles detailing the international experience with TOETVA. Our experience combined with what has been published in the literature was used to establish which pathological and patient characteristics make this particular technique feasible for a thyroidectomy. Results: We detail in the provided tables both feasibility for this surgical technique and the international experience. Conclusion: TOETVA represents the latest remote-access endoscopic technique for the excision of the thyroid gland. TOETVA is being performed at various international institutions and multiple hospitals in the United States.
|Journal||Journal of the Society of Laparoendoscopic Surgeons|
|State||Published - 1 Oct 2019|