Endoscopic thyroidectomy using the bilateral axillo-breast approach (BABA) achieves excellent cosmetic results. However, concerns have been raised about the extensive dissection and violation of the breast during working space preparation.
We developed a “single biaxillary tunneling” technique for working space creation in BABA thyroidectomy; this technique was applied in 30 cases.
Skin bruise was hardly visible, and only minor and small bruises were observed. The whole process of working space creation typically finished within 20 to 30 minutes.
Limited blunt dissection by a single stroke of biaxillary tunneling is a simple method, which significantly reduces ecchymosis formation and is time-efficient. This method can be used in routine practice and is feasible for beginner surgeons.
*Department of Surgery, Division of General Surgery, Kaohsiung Veterans General Hospital, Zuoying, Kaohsiung
†School of Medicine, National Yang-Ming University, Taipei, Taiwan
The authors declare no conflicts of interest.
Reprints: Tsung-Jung Liang, MD, Department of Surgery, Division of General Surgery, Kaohsiung Veterans General Hospital, No. 386, Dazhong 1st Rd, Zuoying District, Kaohsiung 81362, Taiwan (e-mail: email@example.com).
Received October 18, 2018
Accepted December 10, 2018