The minimally invasive video-assisted thyroidectomy (MIVAT) was developed in Pisa in 1998, and described in 1999. It has now become the most widespread minimally invasive technique for thyroidectomy throughout the world. This technique cannot be applied to every patient undergoing thyroid surgery but has precise indications, mainly in terms of size of the thyroid gland and nature of the thyroid disease. Only low and intermediate differentiated thyroid cancers under 2cm should be selected for MIVAT.
- Minimally invasive thyroidectomy
- Surgical technique
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