Scarless Surgery Program
Innovative Treatment for Thyroid and Parathyroid Surgery
Our expert surgeons use innovative techniques for treating thyroid and parathyroid disease, including transoral endocrine surgery, also referred to as “scarless” surgery. Using this technique, surgeons access the thyroid gland by making three incisions in the patient’s inner lip, making little tunnels between the skin and jaw line. Then, they use laparoscopic (minimally invasive) instruments to go through those tunnels to remove the thyroid. No incision is made in the patient’s neck, leaving no visible scars after surgery. Like any incision, those made in the inner lip heal over time.
Your surgeon will work with you to determine whether the transoral technique or a traditional method (making an incision in the neck) is right for you. There are many reasons patients choose transoral surgery, including:
- Cosmetic – no visible scaring after surgery
- Privacy – there is no outward evidence of surgery so others won’t be able to know
- Self-confidence – not seeing visible scars is not a daily reminder of surgery
Not all patients are eligible for transoral surgery. It depends on the size of thyroid and the location. If the thyroid is too large or in a hard-to-reach location, surgeons will use the traditional method.