Remote Access “Hidden Scar” Thyroid Surgery

Remote Access “Hidden Scar” Thyroid Surgery

Our surgeons specialize in remote access “hidden scar” thyroidectomy in which incisions are made in a remote location so that there is no scar on the neck. We are the only program in the United States and one of the few in the world to offer more than one technique (read more).  We take every effort to create a personalized plan that is tailored to your needs.  The approaches we offer are listed below:

  • Transoral endoscopic thyroidectomy—the transoral endoscopic thyroidectomy approach (TOETVA) is a novel technique for performing minimally invasive node removal of your thyroid gland through hidden incisions. The procedure uses small incisions inside and underneath the lower lip to insert an endosopic camera and instruments to remove the thyroid gland. With this approach there is no incision or scar on the neck; the incisions in the oral cavity heal very quickly and are not visible with 7-10 days of surgery.  To watch a short video, click here.
  • Robotic-assisted thyroid surgery—the latest robotic technology for large benign thyroid disorders and advanced thyroid cancers; uses four small incisions to the breasts and underarms. Referred to as the BABA approach (robotic bilateral axillo-breast approach), robotic instruments and a 3D camera are used for your optimal safety and effectiveness of the procedure. True pioneers in this field, Mount Sinai surgeons performed the first BABA procedures, including thyroid and modified radical neck (lymph node) dissection surgeries in the United States in 2015. To watch a short video, click here.
  • Endoscopic transaxillary thyroid surgery—a small incision is made under your arm so that the scar will be hidden (referred to as hidden scar surgery). May be used for partial or total thyroid removal for early stage thyroid cancer or Graves’ disease.