Endoscopic Thyroidectomy (Scarless Thyroid Surgery)

Endoscopic thyroidectomy is also called minimally invasive video assisted thyroidectomy. It is a new surgical technique which allows the surgeon to perform thyroid surgery through a small skin incision. In endoscopic thyroidectomy, very small incisions are made in the axilla. A video camera helps in providing magnified vision of the structures and comfortable dissection.

Our technique (endoscopic thyroidectomy) via the axilla helps us even removing large thyroid nodules and even helps us perform total thyroidectomy. The benefits of the procedure are Minimally Invasive approach, safety, and precision. The greatest benefit is the neck remains free of scar by performing thyroidectomy endoscopically via the axilla. The smallest of scars produced and hidden beneath the inner clothes at the axilla. This is a great cosmetic advantage.

Endoscopic Thyroidectomy via Axilla Endoscopic Thyroidectomy via Axilla

Endoscopic Thyroidectomy Procedure

  • Using a keyhole (laparoscopic surgery techniques ), a scope is inserted with instruments at the axilla to remove all or part of your thyroid gland.
  • The operation is carried out with special instruments using a camera to guide the surgeon.
  • You will have a small drain in the wound which will be removed after a few days.
  • At the end, thyroid gland, part or whole, is removed through one of the incisions.

Endoscopic thyroidectomy incision made at the axilla

Image Showing Endoscopic Thyroidectomy
Incision made near the axilla

Endoscopic thyroidectomy - Thyroid visualized on the screen

In Endoscopic Thyroidectomy a video camera is inserted via the axilla and visualized on the screen

Endoscopic thyroidectomy - Camera with Light to visualize internal structures

Endoscopic Thyroidectomy - Image Showing Video Camera with Light to visualize internal structures

Endoscopic thyroidectomy - Internal Structures Visualized

Endoscopic Thyroidectomy - Internal Structures visualized through video camera

When thyroidectomy is done through the open method, a transverse incision measuring 12–15 cm in length is made on the neck. A large cut is made across the neck or a full cut is required even to remove a small part of the thyroid, even for one side removal leaving behind an ugly scar in the neck with pain, discomfort and delayed recovery. Women find these scars uncomfortable and cosmetically unacceptable. Thyroid disorders and found common in women. Minimal access approaches to thyroid surgery result in a reduction in size or elimination of the scar of the neck.

Open Thyroidectomy produces scar on neck as opposed to Endoscopic Thyroidectomy Scar on performing open thyroidectomy at the neck
Open Thyroidectomy cuts on the neck.  In Endoscopic Thyroidectomy no cuts on neck. Cuts on the neck while performing open thyroidectomy

Scarless Thyroid Surgery - No Scar on Neck

Endoscopic Thyroidectomy via Axilla No Scar when performing Endoscopic Thyroidectomy via Axilla. So Scarless Thyroid Surgery.

Minimally invasive - No need for a large cut on the neck

Short Hospital Stay - Recovery Time 2 days

Contact Details

Dr. R. Padmakumar
Senior Consultant Laparoscopic and Metabolic Surgeon &
Director - Verwandeln Institute (Transforming Lives)
(Specialist in Laparoscopy, Hernia, Cancer, Obesity, Diabetes Surgery, Endoscopic Thyroid Surgery, Thoracoscopy, Intragastric Balloon)
Keyhole Clinic, Thammanam Road, Plarivattom, Kerala, Kochi, India
Lakeshore Hospital, Maradu, Kerala, Kochi, India

Consultant Surgeon
Starcare Hospital, Mawaleh, Seeb, Muscat, Oman (+968 24557200)
Specialist Surgeon
Medeor 24x7 Hospital, Dubai (+971 4 350 0600)

Mobile: +919447230370, +919846320370 (India)
Mobile: 00971567581025 (UAE)
Email: drrpadmakumar@gmail.com


National President - Indian Hernia Society (2016)
Chairman (Elect), Association of Surgeons of India - Kerala Chapter
GC Member, Association of Surgeons of India (2013 - 2018)
Vice President- Society of Endoscopic and Laparoscopic Surgeons of India
Jt. Secretary - Indian Association of Endocrine Surgeons (2016)
Founder Member, Obesity and Metabolic Surgery Society Of India
Founder Member, Association of Minimal Access Surgeons of India
International Faculty of IASGO on Hernia and Diabetic Surgery
International Faculty of IFSO on Diabetic Surgery
Associate Editor : Diabetes and Obesity International Journal