Original ArticlesThe Current Status of Endoscopic Thyroidectomy in KoreaBae, Ja Seong MD*; Cho, Young Up MD†; Sung, Gi Young MD*; Oh, Se Jeong MD*; Jung, Eun Jung MD‡; Lee, Jae Bok MD§; Kim, Tae Hyun MD∥; Nam, Kee-Hyun MD¶; Chung, Woong Youn MD¶; Yoon, Jung Han MD♯; Kim, Lee Su MD**; Park, Yong Lai MD††; Kim, Jung Han MD††; Moon, Byung In MD‡‡; Lee, Jong Riul MD§§; Lee, Byoung Un MD∥∥; Kim, Jee-Soo MD¶¶; Yoon, Jong Ho MD**; Kim, Je Ryong MD♯♯; Soh, Euy Young MD***; Youn, Yeo Kyu MD†††; Park, Cheong Soo MD¶; Kim, Jeong Soo MD, PhD*Author Information *Department of Surgery, The Catholic University of Korea †Department of Surgery, Inha University ‡Department of Surgery, Gyeongsang National University §Department of Surgery, Korea University ∥Department of Surgery, Inje University ¶Department of Surgery, Yonsei University ♯Department of Surgery, Chonnam National University **Department of Surgery Hallym University ††Department of Surgery, Sungkyunkwan University ‡‡Department of Surgery, Ewha University §§Department of Surgery, Cheongju St Mary's Hospital ∥∥Department of Surgery, Changwon Fatima Hospital ¶¶Department of Surgery, Konkuk University ♯♯Department of Surgery, Chungnam National University ***Department of Surgery, Ajou University †††Department of Surgery, Seoul National University, South Korea Reprints: Jeong Soo Kim, MD, PhD, Uijeongbu St Mary's Hospital, 65-1 Kumoh Dong Uijeongbu City, Kyunggido, South Korea 480-130 (e-mail: [email protected]). Received for publication January 26, 2007; accepted January 14, 2008 Surgical Laparoscopy, Endoscopy & Percutaneous Techniques: June 2008 - Volume 18 - Issue 3 - p 231-235 doi: 10.1097/SLE.0b013e31816907d0 Buy Metrics Abstract We investigate the current status of endoscopic thyroidectomy in Korea. A representative questionnaire was sent to 21 members of the Korean Association of Endocrine Surgeons who were thought to be performing endoscopic thyroidectomy. All the reply letters were collected and analyzed. The response rate was 95%. A total of 1616 cases of endoscopic thyroidectomy were performed from the year 1998 to the year 2005. The patients included 71 men and 1545 women, with a mean age of 36.17 years. The mean operation time was 124.18 minutes and overall length of hospital stay was 4.31 days. Thyroid lobectomy and nodular hyperplasia were the most common procedures and prominent pathologic findings. Axillary approach was the most popular operative approach method. Gas insufflation and skin-lifting gasless method were used in 800 cases and 816 cases, respectively. Postoperative complication rate was 14.2%. Skin paresthesia was the most common complication. Conversion rate to conventional thyroidectomy was 2.2%. Korean experiences show that endoscopic thyroidectomy is a technically safe and feasible procedure. It is considered to be an important surgical tool that can be further progressed and that also has an excellent potential in a management of thyroid neoplasm. © 2008 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.