Three-dimensional minimally invasive video-assisted thyroidectomy: Preliminary report

Giuseppe Mercante, Paolo Battaglia, Valentina Manciocco, Giovanni Cristalli, Raul Pellini, Giuseppe Spriano

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Three-dimensional (3D) minimally invasive video-assisted thyroidectomy (MIVAT) was carried out with a 4-mm, 3D 0-degree stereoscopic endoscope. The procedure was applied on 3 patients who underwent total thyroidectomy and data were prospectively collected. Operative time for total thyroidectomy ranged from 72 to 90 minutes. Neither intra-nor post-operative complications were reported during the study. The surgical team noticed a good perception of depth and easy recognising of anatomic structures, especially concerning the upper and lower vascular pedicle, the parathyroids, the superior and inferior laryngeal nerves. Preliminary impression emerging from this study seems to suggest that 3D MIVAT is safe and effective. Future studies with larger case series are required to determine the role of this procedure.

Original languageEnglish
Article number78
JournalJournal of Experimental and Clinical Cancer Research
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2013


  • 3D
  • Minimally invasive
  • Three dimensional
  • Thyroidectomy

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Cancer Research
  • Oncology


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